Thanksgiving lunch for Wellington’s needy

Gail Brown helping serve food for Thanksgiving. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington.

The Embassy held its annual Thanksgiving lunch for Wellington’s needy today.

The event is arranged in partnership with local charity, the Downtown Community Ministry and the New Zealand Chef’s Association. Food was donated by local and American companies and chefs from restaurants around the city cooked the traditional Thanksgiving meal that included turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Embassy staff and community members set up and decorated the hall, served the meal and hosted the 200 people who attended. They were entertained by the Downtown Community Ministry’s ukulele band, which commenced its set with the U.S. National Anthem, accompanied by a small choir of Embassy staff. While Ambassador Brown was away in Antarctica, his wife Gail and \Chargé d’Affaires, Susan Niblock, attended the event with Susan giving remarks and participating in a ceremonial turkey carving.

A big thank you to all the sponsors, musicians, Downtown Community staff, embassy staff, and families, for helping make this special lunch happen for Wellington’s needy.

Photos from the lunch can be viewed on FlickR.