2019 Thanksgiving Dinner
SPRINGFIELD, IL (November 24, 2019) - The 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner returned to Lincoln Park Pavilion on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:00. All the familiar favorites were provided such as Turkey and Ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, and beverages, with everyone attending asked to bring a side dish or dessert as well. As in the past, we asked all attending to donate food items for the local panty and this was generously done this year as two car loads were taken to the the Fifth Street/SARA Center that evening.
Approximately 75 to 80 people attended the event this year with several taking the opportunity to announce future events and functions that were being planned. The Phoenix Center filled one table and spoke of their upcoming meetings for Pridefest. Brothers & Sisters filled everyone in on the upcoming Christmas Dinner and exchange. Capital City Men's Chorus announced their Christmas Choral event, and the Aid's Walk was discussed for the first time with everyone as well.
After dinner, everyone slowly mingled from table to table socializing with those who they might not have seen for some time while enjoying dessert and the warmth of being together for the season. Written by Brian Sylvester
Established in 2000, the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL) is a non-profit volunteer group that facilitates networking for the Central Illinois lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, all other sexual and gender minorities, their family and friends, and the organizations that support them.