In celebration of the NBA’s Season of Giving Campaign, the annual “Come to Our House” Thanksgiving Dinner offers the opportunity for disadvantaged men, women & children to receive a home-cooked Thanksgiving Meal. In addition, participants also have the opportunity to interact with Pacers players & coaches and receive cold-weather items to help them cope with the cold Indiana winters.
The 2010-11 event took place on Wednesday, November 17, where the Indiana Pacers hosted over 600 men, women and children from area downtown missions and shelters for Thanksgiving Dinner at Conseco Fieldhouse. For the 2nd consecutive year, the dinner was presented by Indiana Pacers players TJ Ford, Dahntay Jones and US Foodservice and prepared by Levy Restaurants.
Members of the Indiana Pacers, including players, coaches and training staff, along with Indiana Pacemates, Boomer and members of the local media were on hand to help serve dinner, mingle with the guests, and fill goody bags with cold-weather and personal hygiene items.
Everyone in attendance received a Pacers tote bag, which were filled with the following items; hat, pair of gloves, pair of socks, towel, washcloth, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand warmers, long-sleeve t-shirt and ear wraps. In addition, each person in attendance also received two tickets an Indiana Pacers home game in December and were eligible for the Pacers raffle where they could receive additional cold-weather Pacers items such as jackets, hats, gloves, sweat suits, etc.
Additional event sponsors included Finish Line, Kroger, Adidas, Indiana Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn and Hardee’s.