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Springfield College, MCDI to Serve Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to Neighbors

November 15, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 14, 2011 -- Springfield College and The Massachusetts Career Development Institute (MCDI) will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to neighbors free of charge on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the MCDI cafeteria, 140 Wilbraham Ave., Springfield.

An annual holiday tradition, the college and MCDI expect some 600 neighbors from the Upper Hill, Old Hill, Mason Square, and Springfield College communities to attend the event. The dinner, prepared by Springfield College food service Aramark and MCDI food service staff, will feature traditional fare including roast turkey with gravy and stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, carrot cake and pumpkin pie.

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn and MCDI Executive Director Timothy L. Sneed will greet diners. Springfield College AmeriCorps member Josh Shupack will play the violin. Students from the Elias Brookings elementary school and their Springfield College mentors in the Partners Program will provide hand-made decorations. More than 50 volunteers from the college, MCDI and the community--including about 20 students in the Springfield College AmeriCorps program--will work on the event, which originated in 1997 and has been an annual event since 1999.

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