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Posted: November 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Volunteers serve up a Thanksgiving dinner for Hector Avila, right, at the Boys & Girls clubhouse in Canyon Country on Tuesday.

 

 The gym at the Sierra Vista branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley overflowed with Thanksgiving food, appreciation and giveaways two days before Thanksgiving.

More than 400 guests, including people from the Boys & Girls Club and Single Mothers Outreach, were served Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday night at an event hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Auto Dealers Association.

“I’ve never seen the line so long,” said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of SCV. “This is a time when our families can get together and remind each other to be thankful for each other and the community we live in. It’s not what you don’t have, but what you do have.”

When the doors to the gym were opened, members of the Auto Dealers Association, Boys & Girls Club of SCV board members and other volunteers, quickly served turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, rolls and dessert provided by Salt Creek Grille Catering.

“We’re just proud to be a part of it,” said Don Fleming, president of the Auto Dealers Association. “Hopefully we can continue doing this for a long time.”

Sarah Golovich, a sophomore at Canyon High School, attended the event with her mother. She said she has attended the event every year.

“This is really special, that they have the ability to share with everyone,” Golovich said. “The food is really good, too.”

Golovich said her favorite part of the event was the raffle.

“I’ve won a turkey every year,” she said.

Valencia Water Co. and Facey Medical Group donated raffle baskets and turkeys this year, Ventress said.

“We really look forward to this each year,” said Greg Amsler, owner of Salt Creek Grille and Salt Creek Grille Catering. “It’s a great way to kick off Thanksgiving.”

For Amsler, the event is also a family function, with wife, Chell, and daughters Claire and Carolyn assisting.

Steven Keefe, a partner in the Parkway Automotive Group, was a first year volunteer serving up salad with a choice of Italian or ranch dressing.

“I think this is a wonderful event. It’s beautiful being able to give back to the community,” Keefe said.

Incoming Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin was also a first time volunteer at the event.

He served up gravy as guests moved down the buffet line.

“It’s great that the Auto Dealers Association steps up and provides a Thanksgiving dinner to the community,” Striplin said. “This is another way they support the community.”

Tamra Levine, director of catering at Salt Creek Grille Catering, moved quickly around the makeshift serving line replenishing trays of food as each tray was emptied.

“Anytime you can give to others, that’s what the holidays are all about,” she said. “That’s the warm, fuzzy feeling you get, seeing the little kids smile moves your heart.”

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

661-287-5590

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