The community of Hilton Head Island showed its true spirit at Hudson's on the Dock on Thanksgiving Day again this year.
Special thanks to:
Brian and Gloria Carmines, Andrew and Erin Carmines for hosting this event and their employees, especially chef Chris Carge.
St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church, a principle sponsor since the dinner began. Without Hudson's and St. Andrew, there would not be a dinner on this scale.
The 400-plus volunteers who served, cleaned tables, hosted, scrubbed pots, wrapped silverware and anything asked with a smile.
The group outside keeping the mood festive: Yosti, Trillium, Julie Oliver and, of course, Santa and his Elf.
The Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and Mortgage Lenders Association for their financial support.
Hudson's vendors; RSVP Linens, U.S. Food Service, The Edge of Knife and Leadership Hilton Head/Bluffton, which donated goods and services.
Yellow Cab and Tim Griffin for transporting people who otherwise would not have been able to attend.
Our guests who waited patiently in line. One family arrived at 8:30 a.m. for our 11 a.m. meal.
The family-style dinner is free but donations are accepted and given to The Deep Well Project. Again this year, the outpouring of community support raised more than $7,000.
We never truly know how many people this dinner helps as we packed the Second Helpings truck with leftovers for many meals in the weeks to come.
Allan and Gloria LaCoe
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Hilton Head Island