LA celebrates Thanksgiving with dinners for the homeless and distance running – NBC Los Angeles

After a year of absence due to coronavirus-related restrictions, Thanksgiving in Los Angeles County was once again marked with events that fed the poor and homeless, and distance running, including several charities.

The Midnight Mission served Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,000 homeless and near-homeless individuals and families, according to Georgia Berkovich, its director of public affairs.

About 3,500 pounds of turkey was served, topped with 50 gallons of gravy, 3,500 pounds of ham with icing, 1,000 pounds of garlic mashed potatoes, 750 pounds of seasonal vegetables, 250 pounds of cranberry sauce, 300 pounds of dinner roll and 300 pounds of dinner roll. dessert, Berkovich said.

Before brunch at 10 a.m., the ninth annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles was held in downtown Los Angeles, beginning at 7 p.m. 8. The race was expected to raise $ 100,000 for the Midnight Mission to help those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

The field included runners dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and pies.

The 5K and 10K races started and ended at City Hall.

The course took runners around Grand Park and past the Disney Concert Hall, Broad Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art.

The organizers estimated that this year’s event would have around 4,000 participants, including those participating on a virtual basis.

Drumstick Dash LA is considered by organizers as Los Angeles’ largest 5K / 10K race, with thousands of runners, joggers and walkers taking to the streets in the NoHo Arts District. All proceeds will help Hope of the Valley provide over 500,000 hot meals to homeless men, women and children, organizers said.

All entry fees to the fourth annual Rose Bowl Turkey Trot will benefit the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, which seeks to preserve, protect and enhance the Rose Bowl Stadium, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022.

Runners also had the opportunity to donate to Race to Erase MS, which is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of multiple sclerosis and increased awareness of the disease.

Other turkey races were planned in Claremont, Long Beach, Santa Clarita and Torrance.

Every year on Thanksgiving Day, more Americans participate in running than on any other day, according to the running industry trade group Running USA.

Laugh Factory in Hollywood hosted its 41st annual free Thanksgiving Dinner with seating at noon and at 7 p.m. 14.

Evidence of vaccination was required. The club gave unvaccinated people a certificate to get COVID-19 vaccinations or booster shots at El Proyecto del Barrio clinics in the Los Angeles area and offered to cover the cost of their transportation to the clinic.

Anyone who was unable to attend could also pick up a free vaccination certificate at Laugh Factory Hollywood.

Participants who were unvaccinated received a Thanksgiving meal and a gift card to redeem their vaccination certificate at the clinic. Those who redeem their COVID-19 vaccinations at El Proyecto clinics will be invited back to Laugh Factory Hollywood on Christmas Day for another holiday meal and receive a cash reward for getting their vaccination.

Everyone who attended the event was also required to adhere to the Los Angeles County Public Health Protocols by wearing a mask. The Laughter Factory gave a mask to anyone who did not have one.

“We know laughter is healing, and we need more laughter now than ever after all we’ve been through,” Masada said.

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