TD Garden’s philanthropic arm, Garden Neighborhood Charities, officially kicked off the holiday season this week with its 21st annual Table of Friends dinner.
Volunteers from TD Garden, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and local government officials welcomed more than 1,000 guests from Boston’s homeless shelters to TD Garden’s arena floor for the meal, which was prepared by Delaware North’s Sportservice team at the arena. The traditional Thanksgiving spread included:
  • 1,200 pounds of turkey
  • 1,000 pounds of stuffing
  • 40 gallons of gravy
  • 850 pounds of mashed potatoes
  • 500 pounds of carrots
  • 100 pounds of green beans
  • 115 dozen rolls
  • Ten gallons of cranberry sauce
Delaware North Sportservice Regional Executive Chef Kevin Doherty even prepared a pumpkin pie that weighed in at just under 500 pounds.

The effort was spearheaded by Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden and executive director of Garden Neighborhood Charities. She was joined at the event by Kim Jacobs, Boston Bruins Foundation board member and wife of Charlie Jacobs, CEO for Delaware North’s Boston Holdings; Bruins President Cam Neely; and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh – all of whom volunteered their time to serve dinner to guests.
Garden Neighborhood Charities also donated thousands of personal care items to guests at the dinner and to local homeless shelters. In addition, it made a gift of $5,000 to the Friends of Boston’s Homeless organization. That donation was earmarked toward the organization’s Housing Start-Up Fund, which provides support for homeless individuals as they move into permanent housing by providing critical initial housing costs and essential furnishings and household items.
Since the Table of Friends dinner began in 1995, Garden Neighborhood Charities has served more than 11,000 hot meals and donated more than $60,000 to help end homelessness in its community.

PHOTO CAPTION: From L to R: Amy Latimer, Cam Neely and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh are all smiles during the 21st annual Table of Friends dinner. 
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