Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Started 20 years ago by Catherin and Bob Blankenship, the dinner has a new sponsor – Centennial Bank – and a new location – First United Methodist Church at 1610 Prince St. in Conway this year.

“When Catherin and Bob Blankenship announced that 2008 would be the last year they would organize the Thanksgiving dinner, we approached them about Centennial Bank assuming that responsibility,” said Lori Case, senior vice president for marketing. “This event is a testament to our community’s commitment to provide for those who are not able to share this special holiday with friends and loved ones.

“We have much to be thankful for at Centennial Bank and feel that is highly appropriate that we give back to the community that has given so much to us by organizing this meal of thanksgiving.”

About 600 people were fed at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner, with 300 of those meals delivered. Organizers are planning to feed more people this year in light of the economy.

The dinner is co-sponsored by 501 LIFE magazine.

A special committee – chaired by Case – has been meeting for several months to plan this year’s event. “Everyone is welcome at this dinner, including those alone during the holiday and those in need,” she said. “We extend an invitation to the entire community to join us for a good meal and time of fellowship.”

A special phone number has been set up for volunteers to use to submit their name and contact info – 501.328.4859. Those who would like to have a meal delivered to their home are also encouraged to call. The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 20.

Additional information about the dinner will be posted on the 501 LIFE website.