The Holiday Season is upon us and that means the Scotty’s team is hard a work on two big giving initiatives. The first event will be the 4th annual “Feast for the Less Fortunate” on Thanksgiving Day at their Downtown Indianapolis location. This will be followed up with a trip to Riley Children’s Hospital in December to deliver toys to the patients that have been donated by customers at all of the Scotty’s locations across the state.
“Four years ago we started our Thanksgiving dinner event and every year it has continued to grow and become better,” said Scott Wise, President and CEO of a Pots and Pans Production. “This year we are working with more than ten different shelters and organizations to provide a great meal to over 200 people.”
“I am very blessed to be in the position I am in and believe it is my responsibility to motivate others to do good in our society and give back to all our communities that so proudly support us. I believe it is a social responsibility of success that you share this by reaching back and grabbing the hands of those that are less fortunate, clasp hands tightly and give someone a lift up,” continued Wise.
Not only does Scotty’s provide a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to those attending, they also give toys to the children and gift cards to each of the adults. During the month of November guests are able to purchase paper turkeys at any of the Scotty’s locations. Guests can choose between a $1 or $5 turkey, place their name on it and then it hang it on the walls of the restaurants. The money from these sales will be used to buy toys for the children attending the event as well as gift cards to Marsh for the adults.
“Right now we have sold over $1,300 in turkeys, but we are behind our total of $2,500 from last year,” said Angie Henderson, who is in charge of organizing this year’s event. “We have more than enough volunteers, which is great, but we hope we can have a good final push in our donations.”
All the food preparation, set up and service are provided by employees and guests who give the gift of their time to help make a difference. From wrapping gifts, to preparing the turkey and boxing up leftovers, it all happens from people who chose to donate their time.
Once Thanksgiving has passed, Scotty’s will begin preparing to deliver toys to the children at Riley Hospital for Children in December. Until December 13th, guests can come into any Scotty’s location, donate a toy and receive a free order of 7 Tidals buffalo Chicken Dip or a dessert. On December 14th, all toys will be transported to the Scotty’s corporate office to be delivered to Riley by members of the Scotty’s team, led again by Scott in his charge to make people smile, even while in a little pain.
If you would like to make a donation, some of the favorite toys for children are Legos, craft kits and anything Fisher Price. You can also visit Riley's website for information as to other ways to give back financially, donate items to the hospital, and volunteer your time.
"Some children are here for 23 hours, some are here for a few days, others can be here a month or longer. Often, children are here for a few days, but may be readmitted several times throughout their life,” said Melissa Sexton, Child Life Specialist & Special Event Coordinator for Riley Hospital for Children.
"The patients and their families make my job amazing. They all have such a resilient spirit and face challenges head on. I love being able to provide opportunities for them to feel "normal" again.”
If you would like to buy a turkey to help with our Thanksgiving event or donate a toy for the children of Riley Hospital, please visit any Scotty's Brewhouse or Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company. The final day for Turkey donations is November 25th and the final day for toy donations is December 13th.