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Don’t miss this event! Community Leaders & Gov Officials Take to the Stage to Benefit the Homeless

Officials hamming it up during the 2009 luncheon.

The 11th annual Thanksgiving community luncheon presented by the Sarasota Ministerial Association will bring together a diverse group of government, faith and other community leaders — people like Dr. Sarah Pappas (one of my favorite Sarasotans!) — to celebrate Thanksgiving and share a delicious lunch with the homeless in our community – all while enjoying a hilarious enactment of the iconic TV program, I Love Lucy.

Written by local playwright Kathryn Chesley, “Thanksgiving with Lucy Ricardo & Friends” will be performed during the luncheon on Wednesday, November 23rd, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, in the First Baptist Church, 1670 Main Street, Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to this no charge, free luncheon theater.

The all star cast for the play will include Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason and Sarasota NAACP President Trevor Harvey as TV’s Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson, Commissioner Joe Barbetta and Selby Foundation President Dr. Sarah Pappas as Honeymooner’s Ralph and Alice Kramden, Sarasota School Board Commissioner Caroline Zucker and Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo will be Lucy’s neighbors, Ethel and Fred Mertz. Of course, as in many past performances, the anchor, County Commissioner Jon Thaxton will return as Honest Abe Lincoln along with Wendy Hopkins, recently retired from the Sarasota Community Foundation, as Mrs. Lincoln.

The Reverend Dr. Tom Pfaff, who serves as Chair of the Sarasota Ministerial Association as well as Chaplain-Director of Goodwill Industries Manasota, said “The hope for this benefit is to directly bless our community’s leaders and homeless citizens by celebrating Thanksgiving side-by-side eating and laughing together. We figure everyone ought to be able to cry and cackle with Lucy while enjoying Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.”

A Free-Will offering will be taken, and 100% will be given to the Sarasota Salvation Army to benefit their Thanksgiving Day meals for our community’s homeless. The 40 plus member Sarasota Ministerial Association will be inviting the homeless and others they serve and the public to come and celebrate thanksgiving together.

Posted on November 22nd, 2011Comments RSS Feed

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