Concord Students Host Community Thanksgiving Dinner

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 20 2000

Concord Students Host Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Athens, W.Va. - President Jerry Beasley welcomed 200 guests to the first annual Concord College Community Thanksgiving Feast, Thursday, November 16, 2000. “About three months ago, students met for a picnic and discussed their role in our community,” stated Beasley. “Laura Benjamin suggested we do something that would be a gift to the community from Concord’s students and the Thanksgiving Feast was born!” Senior citizens from Athens and surrounding communities were invited to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner at the College.

Beasley thanked both Laura Benjamin and Scott Maxwell, president of the Student Government Association for organizing the event. Classical guitarist and Concord student Chris Cavendish entertained guests with a wide variety of musical selections. Others who helped with the event included: Michael Curry, Debbie Curry, Nancy Ellison, Debbie Weiss, ARAMARK and the Concord College Foundation. After dinner, Laura Benjamin spoke of faith to friends for life and love and an appreciation of Concord. “We enjoy the bonds of lasting friendship and know how to pull together,” she said. “We have a beautiful community and spirit.”

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Photo 1: Laura Benjamin and Chris Cavendish

Photo 2: Guests at the Thanksgiving feast included Anice Gates and her son Johnnie.