East Harlem restaurant owner Kevin Walters is not only known for his business savvy, he has a deep appreciation for and commitment to the community, which, like much of America, is struggling in these hard times. The Owner of CREOLE Restaurant is leading the East Harlem Cares coalition in feeding the community once again by hosting a Thanksgiving banquet for the areas neediest residents free of charge.
Walters subscribes to the African adage, “If you want to go somewhere fast, go alone, but if you want to go far take others with you”, so for a second year in a row, he has assembled fellow business owners and non-profit community leaders to join with Creole in hosting the free Thanksgiving Eve event today.
The event will be more than just a dinner to feed those experiencing hardships. There will be entertainment and special guests. Local politicians and even sport stars are joining the effort. Former New York Knickerbocker Earl “The Pearl” Monroe will serve families and participate in making this event a memorable one.
“We believe we have an obligation to help our community hold on to the traditions that we have come to love.” said Walters.
The dinner is being held at Holy Rosary Church with attendance expected to be at least 500 people. With more restaurants involved this year, including Ricardo’s, the group is ready to feed as many people as end up assembling at their doorstep.
The church is located at 428 E. 119th Street in East Harlem, with the event running from noon to 5:00.
Photos for the Good News Network, from Angela Hollis