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Free Thanksgiving dinner will be back next week at Festival Hall

Journal Times staff

RACINE — Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks free Thanksgiving Day feast will be held from 10 am to 2 pm Thursday, Nov. 24, at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St.

The organizers are still seeking sponsors for this year’s 13th annual event.



Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, meals were marked by another packed house at Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks at Festival Hall, the annual tradition led by Ray Stibeck of Route 20 and Danny Johnson of Danny’s Meats & Catering where traditional Thanksgiving are served to all .That year’s was the 12th annual.


TOM FARLEY, Journal Times file photo

Dan Johnson of Danny’s Meats/Catering by Danny at Hickory Hall and Ray Stibeck of Route 20 will again host the annual dinner.

A traditional Thanksgiving buffet style meal will be served along with beverages and an assortment of desserts. Carryouts and a sit-down meal will be provided.

Entertainment featured throughout the day will include singer Cheryl McCrary, Dan the One Man Band, dance teams, various special guests and football on the big screen.

Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the door to benefit the Racine County Food Bank.

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To make a donation or help with sponsorship, people scan the QR code via Venmo @route20cares. Checks payable to Route 20 Cares can be mailed to Route 20, 14001 Washington Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177; or Danny’s Meats, 1317 4 Mile Road, Racine, WI 53402. A $50 donation will help cover the cost to feed a family of 10, or $20 to help feed a family of four.



THANKSGIVING QR CODE

Scan this QR code with a smartphone to donate via Venmo to Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks, or search for @route20cares on the Venmo phone application




The assembly line

More than 300 volunteers made the ninth annual Dan & Ray Rendering Thanks free Thanksgiving meal at Festival Hall possible on Thanksgiving 2018.


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Sponsor names will be listed on the placemats, but the deadline is Thursday to get sponsorships confirmed.

Cash donations will also be accepted at the door.

Volunteers will be needed to help serve and assist guests. To volunteer or sponsor a table, call Danny’s Meats at 262-554-5440, Route 20 at 262-898-7900 or email [email protected]

Go to facebook.com/renderingthanksracine for more information.

IN PHOTOS: Dan and Ray’s Rendering Thanks community meal 2020

Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks Thanksgiving co-founders Dan Johnson and Ray Stibeck

Dan & Ray's Rendering Thanks Thanksgiving co-founders Dan Johnson and Ray Stibeck

Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanksgiving Dinner co-founders Dan Johnson left, and Ray Stibeck work Thursday morning in the Festival Hall kitchen in preparation for the 2020 community dinner.


Eric Johnson


Greetings guests

Greetings guests

Danny Johnson, owner of Danny’s Meats and Catering in Caledonia and co-founder of the 11-year-old Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanks Thanksgiving community dinner, greets guests on Thursday morning.


Eric Johnson


car hop

car hop

Volunteer Erica Adams of Racine delivers a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday morning at Festival Hall as part of the drive-thru 2020 edition of Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanksgiving Dinner.


Eric Johnson


Waiting in line

Waiting in line

Posted at the intersection of Sixth Street and Lake Avenue, Racine Police Department Lt. Adam Malaraca keeps an eye on Downtown Racine traffic heading for Festival Hall on Thursday morning for the 11th Annual Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanksgiving Dinner.


Eric Johnson


Keeping traffic moving

Keeping traffic moving

Racine Police Department Lt. Adam Malaraca keeps an eye on Downtown Racine traffic heading for Festival Hall on Thursday morning for the 11th Annual Dan & Ray’s Rendering Thanksgiving Dinner. Huge crowds, lined up as early as 7 am for the 10 am opening of the drive-through event, spurred traffic backup east on Sixth Street and South on Pershing Drive to the entrance to Pershing Park, and west on Sixth and south on Lake Avenue to Ninth Street.


Eric Johnson


Serving line volunteers

Serving line volunteers

Among the masked community volunteers boxing up complete Thanksgiving dinners in the Festival Hall kitchen on Thursday morning were, from left, event co-founder and namesake Ray Stibeck, Jodie Hoffman Ruffalo of Mount Pleasant, and Festival Hall general manager Ricki Ghani. The 11th annual Dan and Ray’s Rendering Thanks free Thanksgiving meal shifted to drive-thru only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Eric Johnson


Talking turkey in the Festival Hall kitchen with Chef Manuel Gallardo

Talking turkey in the Festival Hall kitchen with Chef Manuel Gallardo

Manuel Gallardo of Racine, a 20-year chef with Danny’s Meats and Catering in Caledonia, prepares turkey meat in the Festival Hall kitchen on Thursday morning.


Eric Johnson


Replenishing supplies

Replenishing supplies

Dan Johnson wheels an Alto-Shaam warming oven full of boxed Thanksgiving dinners into the Festival Hall parking lot on Thursday.


Eric Johnson


Ray Stibeck and Miss Racine bag Thanksgiving dinners

Ray Stibeck and Miss Racine bag Thanksgiving dinners

Ray Stibeck, left, bags carryout Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday morning with Miss Racine 2020 Sophia Karegeannes inside a heated tent in the Festival Hall parking lot in Downtown Racine.


Eric Johnson


Ray Stibeck

Ray Stibeck

Stibeck

Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Johnson



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