Community Thanksgiving dinner dishes up fellowship

Elise Hendricks of Steamboat Springs serves up a hot plate of turkey at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23, 2023.
John Chalstrom/Steamboat Pilot & Today

Hugs, hearty laughter and kinship were in abundance as the United Way of the Yampa Valley again played host to the annual Community Thanksgiving dinner in Steamboat Springs.

According to event organizer Jen Bruen, nearly 600 guests were expected, if not more.

“Since we are now the United Way of the Yampa Valley, we hope to draw more people from Moffat County,” Bruen said.

Sponsored by Mountain Valley Bank and organized by the United Way, the Steamboat Community Center was jam-packed soon after Thursday’s 1 p.m. start with a steady line winding its way to the front door.

Taking a break from the beginning of what is sure to be a busy transit season, a group of hungry Steamboat Springs Transit workers enthusiastically thanked the many volunteers who made the event possible.

“The fellowship and the food are wonderful,” said Trevor O’Hare, an SST worker. “A great event for our community.”

Ever committed to his job, O’Hare also took the opportunity to remind the public to, “Make sure to yield to buses!”

Taking a break from a rigorous transportation schedule, an enthusiastic group of SST workers embraced the warmth of community at the United Way of the Yampa’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
John Chalstrom/Steamboat Pilot & Today

A community tradition for nearly 25 years, 30 turkeys were prepared and over 300 shifts of volunteers dedicated themselves toward ensuring that the event went off without a hitch. Judging from the festive atmosphere inside the dining hall, another successful dinner and the continuation of a community tradition both were achieved.

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