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A Record-Breaking Feast!

Nov 21, 2023 02:50PM ● By MaryAnne Povey

Chris and Jenifer Daniels of Grocery Outlet in Orangevale, and Supervisor Sue Frost present Andrea Scollay, Executive Director of the OV-FO Foodbank with the big check to help feed 500 families this Thanksgiving! Photo courtesy of MaryAnne Povey

ORANGEVALE-FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Carve the turkey! The 4th Annual Turkey Bowl results are in, and they're deliciously good!

Sean Palmer of Palmer’s Poultry Pummelers, a veteran of Turkey Bowl, shows how it’s done during Turkey Bowl 2023, down aisle 5 of Grocery Outlet! Photo by Tim Engle

This year’s target was to raise $15,000 to serve up Thanksgiving dinners for 500 local families in need, through the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Foodbank’s food distribution program. And guess what? We didn't just meet the goal, we exceeded it with a grand total of $16,518! That’s 660 sponsored turkeys! This incredible show of support will truly make a difference for our neighbors in need.

In what’s becoming a “Turkey Bowl tradition,” 16 teams made up of business owners and community leaders joined forces to compete for the coveted title of Turkey Bowl Champs 2023. But there was a twist this year - a contest to see who could bring in the most pledges and sponsors for turkeys. Here are the results...

Let’s give a hearty round of applause to our Turkey Bowl champions: In First Place, the seasoned winners, Moore’s Garage Gravy Train! Taking Second Place in their first appearance, it’s The Tri Tippers - L & M Liquor & Deli/All Events! And Third Place goes to Team LEG-acy, making an outstanding debut performance. These teams displayed incredible skill and spirit, and their efforts paid off in the championship rounds. Congratulations to all of them!

 The Turkey Bowl Winners Circle! Jenifer Daniels, Kayla Hattery, (3rd place) Vanessa Kinch and Derek Maldonado (2nd Place), Kathleen Massae, (3rd place), Bill Paine & Jim Moore (1st place) Andrea Scollay, OV-FO Foodbank, MaryAnne Povey and Michael Povey, Emcee. Photo by Tim Engle

A special shout-out to all the teams who rallied support to help us reach our goal this year. Team Tri-Tippers deserves a special mention for bringing in a whopping $1,074, and a tip of the hat to Squires Squawkers, who brought in over $800.

But the real winners here aren't just the competing teams; it's the folks who will benefit from the proceeds and all those generously donated turkeys for the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank. This event truly embodies the spirit of giving and unites our wonderful community.

A new contender, Matt Corwin of Team #CorWINNERs shows great form during his first throw down aisle 5 at Grocery Outlet! Photo by Tim Engle

There are countless individuals and organizations to thank for making this year’s Turkey Bowl a smashing success:

Our event sponsors: Gold Turkey sponsors Supervisor Sue Frost and Taco Bell, Silver Turkey sponsors Orangevale Chamber of Commerce, 7-11, and The Swenson Law Firm, Bronze Turkey sponsors Easystumps, Heirloom Acres Farm, Luz Johnson LPL Financial Advisor, Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary, Total Landscape Concepts, and YK for Assembly.

The Copper Clucker sponsors: American River Urgent Care, Talbot & Plewe Orthodontist, Dads Kitchen Fair Oaks, Dan Downey Window Cleaning, and Paul Burke - Idaho Realtor.

A big shout-out to our amazing community for generously answering the call, our dedicated volunteers, the generous donors for our raffle, our fantastic event hosts, Chris and Jenifer Daniels of Grocery Outlet, and the talented team at Orangevale Live for their coordination, streaming, and capturing the memorable moments!

“Everything went off without a hitch,” remarked MaryAnne Povey, the event coordinator. “In addition to the fun and overwhelming support, we paid tribute to our veterans, with Dezy (of Dezy’s Beef Bread and Beer) and Jack Frost representing the Vets for Freedom Team. They presented our colors, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and added a patriotic touch to kick off the event.”

A heartfelt thank you to our fabulous food sponsors: Badfish Coffee & Tea, Chick-fil-A Granite Bay, and Taco Bell, for keeping our participants energized and satisfied with delectable treats.

This year’s Turkey Bowl not only broke records but also showcased the incredible heart and generosity of our community. We're grateful to everyone who played a part in making this event a true celebration of the spirit of giving. With full hearts, we look forward to sharing the warmth of Thanksgiving with those who need it most. Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!