Boys and Girls Club holds annual turkey feast

Published On: Nov 20 2012 11:03:38 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 21 2012 01:31:26 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse celebrated turkey day a few days early. Their annual Thanksgiving feast was held in La Crosse Tuesday night.

They cooked up 24 turkeys to feed the expected 500 kids and families. All of the food was donated from the Waterfront, Reinhart Foods, and Festival Foods.

The ongoing tradition is a way for the club to give back to the community and support those in need. "Some family's won't have a big Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, so we hope this could be their Thanksgiving, and of course, we want them to realize all that they have to be thankful for," said Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Mike Desmond.

Also at the feast, a check was presented from the Glow in the Deke fundraiser last month. $14,000 will go to support the club's day to day activities and create a scholarship for a UW-La Crosse student who is battling cancer.