The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge posted on social media Wednesday, Nov. 20, that 600 pounds of turkeys were donated by Safeway for The Schooner’s Thanksgiving Benefit, which donates 100 percent of their proceeds to the Oregon Food Bank – Tillamook County Services.

This is the largest fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank Tillamook Services and was created by Tommy Flood Jr., who passed away this past January.

“Tommy Flood Jr., who passed away suddenly at the beginning of this year, started this fundraiser over 10 years ago. The event started by raising a couple of hundred dollars and has grown to over $26,000 last year. Tommy greatly attributed this level of growth to the commitment that Patrick Criteser, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) president and CEO, made several years ago, for the Creamery to provide funds to inspire others to give,” Melissa Carlson-Swanson, branch services manager, Oregon Food Bank Tillamook County Services.

“The Schooner team is determined to continue this event to honor Tommy's memory, as fighting hunger in Tillamook County was a very personal and important cause for him. These funds allow our [Oregon Food Bank] team to be responsive and nimble in improving our programs to better meet the needs of our community. For every $1 raised, 10 meals are provided for the community,” Calrson-Swanson said.

Tillamook County Creamery Association will continue its support of the Thanksgiving Fundraiser Dinner with a donation of $5,000 to encourage community support. They have sponsored the fundraising dinner for several years. They are once again donating turkeys and hams to the Oregon Food Bank Tillamook County Services for their Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. This year, TCCA will donate 300 turkeys and 100 hams.

“Last year we received all of our turkey from Zweifel Farms, however, due to the circumstances of the beginning of our year with Tommy’s passing, I missed the deadline to order fresh turkeys from Larry Zweifel,” Lexie Fields, general manager of The Schooner, said. “I wasn’t quite sure how Tommy had procured the turkeys in the past, so I reached out to Fred Meyer and Safeway to request free or discounted turkeys.”

Fields said Laura Swanson, from the Tillamook County Pioneer, had a connection with her husband working at Safeway. Swanson worked with Lisa at Safeway to seal the donation of 30 turkeys.

“The monetary value of the donation was $775 and that means a whole lot to us,” Fields said.

The Schooner will be hosting their 10th annual Thanksgiving Dinner Benefit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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