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Thanksgiving at St. Vincent’s: Nugget Casino cooks for special day


10428457_10152623651502982_1598914618986723629_n-300x225-5139776-3698246Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, chefs from the Nugget Casino continue a more than five-decade tradition by feeding the hungry.

The kitchen staff will take over the St. Vincent’s Dining Room, providing an estimated 1,200 free Thanksgiving meals to hungry clients.

Casino leadership has been in contact with St. Vincent’s own master chef, Ray Trevino, for months, and they’ve created a special menu for the holiday.

This will be the very first Thanksgiving Day meal provided by the newest owners of The Nugget. The owners provided Christmas Dinner for the first time in December 2013, following in the footsteps of the former owners, John Ascuaga and his family.

“This is such a special day for the clients who regularly eat in our Dining Room,” says Peter Vogel, CEO of Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent’s Programs.

“While many of our clients eat in our facility six days a week year-round, there is something about a Thanksgiving meal that is extra special. You can feel the love in the room. Our staff and our volunteers feel it. We certainly hope our clients feel it. The meal is all about them,” Vogel added.

This year’s menu will include all of the traditional items such as turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, followed by pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Special guests and celebrity volunteers this year will include: Nugget President and CEO Carlton Geer, Vice President of Food & Beverage Scott Kidd, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini and his wife, Ruth, KTVN Channel 2 News Anchor Andi Guevara, and Catholic Charities CEO Peter Vogel.

Hungry people wishing to receive a free Thanksgiving meal are invited to our St. Vincent’s Dining Room, 325 Valley Road, Reno, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 27.

There are no questions asked and no requirements in order to receive a free meal.

The St. Vincent’s Dining Room serves all people, regardless of race, religion or background, in hopes that by providing the most basic needs, such as food, will help people begin the journey toward permanent relief from poverty. The St. Vincent’s Dining Room has welcomed the hungry with open arms for decades. The Dining Room serves an average of about 550 free meals per day, six days a week, year-round.

Established in 1941, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a Nevada-based, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation operating nine human service programs including:  St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Resource Network, St. Vincent’s Residence, St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, Holy Child Early Learning Center, Immigration Assistance Program, Adoption Program, and the Kids to Seniors Korner Program. CCNN is committed to providing help and creating hope in our community. From infants to seniors, CCNN assists approximately 40,000 people per month in the northern Nevada community.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.