Aegis, HCMC chef come together for homeless youth Thanksgiving dinner

Categories: Holiday Dining
By some estimates, there are as many as 2,500 homeless kids in the Twin Cities area. With a little luck, a few hundred of them will turn out Thursday for a free meal prepared by the executive chef of HCMC.

"Our goal is to serve 400 kids," said William Panzarella, executive director of Aegis Foundation, which organized the event, "but we don't know what to expect. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope to serve as many as we can."

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There's still time to donate to the Thanksgiving dinner, and $12.50 can ensure one meal for a youth.

The event lasts until 5 p.m. with dinner to be served between 1 and 3:30 p.m. at Aria in the North Loop. There will be music, courtesy of Roosevelt Darnell Mansfield III, aka DJ Digie, who lived in and out of homeless shelters as a boy. Free bus tokens will also be available, and organizers plan to raffle off two bicycles.

Aegis organizes charitable events throughout the year for young people. When the foundation was looking for something to do in the fall, this one seemed like a no-brainer, Panzarella said.

"It's a time for families to come together," he said, "but what about those who don't have families?"

Call him at 612-280-4256 if you want to sponsor the event.

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