Cavs Serve Up Turkey and Smiles

The typical scent of popcorn and hot dogs at Quicken Loans Arena were replaced by that of turkey and stuffing on Monday. Instead of pretzels and nachos, that night families enjoyed mashed potatoes and a variety of other fixings. On Monday, November 21, the Cavaliers hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for local families that are part of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s “Project ACT,” which supports students and their families who are homeless or enduring other economic hardships.

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The tables in Bridges Restaurant at The Q were set for 250 people from Project ACT, who were in for quite a treat when they realized the “staff” bringing their meals were actually Cavs players and coaches. Chris Andersen, Kay Felder, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Liggins and Iman Shumpert served the families a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Head Coach Tyronn Lue and assistants Larry Drew, Jim Boylan, Mike Longabardi, James Posey, Phil Handy, Damon Jones and Vitaly Potapenko were also dishing out drumsticks and sides.

The Cavaliers Thanksgiving Dinner, presented by LIBBY’S Pumpkin and Carnation Milk, begins the annual Cavaliers Season of Giving, presented by Nestlé Baking. Dinner was generously donated by The Q’s official food and beverage provider, Aramark, as well as Nestlé Baking, who baked fresh Toll House cookies for the guests as part of their #BakeSomeGood campaign.

About Project ACT:
Project ACT provides instructional and support services to children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and their families that are currently experiencing homelessness or other economic hardships. Services include everything necessary to accomplish the goal of meeting students’ physical, social and emotional needs, and empowering parents to support their children in this endeavor. For more information: https://clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/394

About Bake Some Good for 100 Days:
Nestlé® Toll House® is on a mission to change the world, one small act of goodness at a time. The iconic brand has always believed that baking is one of the very best ways to do a bit of good for someone. With the help of Resource/Ammirati, Nestlé® Toll House® has teamed up with six inspirational bakers from diverse backgrounds and equipped them with all the tools, ingredients and a kitchen space in Chicago to bring this promise to life as a part of the #BakeSomeGood campaign.

For 100 consecutive days, the Nestlé Toll House Bakers will bake to appreciate the under-appreciated, celebrate the big and the small, and simply to say thank you to those in the Chicago community. The campaign, which includes multiple social activations including video and custom content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, also includes a Baker’s Blog where the bakers document their journey and experience throughout the 100 days.