Kings Theatre to Host 7th Annual Kings Cares Thanksgiving Luncheon
Thursday, November 23
12:00 – 2:00 pm
1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
This is a FREE event – no RSVP required
October 19, 2023 – BROOKLYN, NY – Kings Theatre is excited to announce that it will be hosting the 7th Annual Kings Cares Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 23, 2023, from 12pm to 2pm. This highly anticipated community event will take place in a heated tent located in the Kings Theatre Courtyard, ensuring a warm and comfortable atmosphere for all attendees.
The Thanksgiving Luncheon, a celebrated tradition in the Flatbush community, will feature a delectable spread of hot and delicious food prepared by the talented students from the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at the Erasmus Campus. Attendees can look forward to savoring a traditional Thanksgiving feast, complete with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, hot soup, and more. This is a free community meal open to any New Yorker in need, while supplies last.
Emma Durkin, Deputy General Manager of Kings Theatre, expressed her gratitude for the support of the community and generous partners, stating, “We’re incredibly thankful for the collaborative spirit of our generous partners, whose contributions are the heartbeat of this annual gathering. The Thanksgiving Luncheon is a time when our community comes together, breaks bread, and extends a helping hand to those in need of a warm holiday meal. Hosting this event is an honor, and it underscores our commitment to giving back to the vibrant Flatbush community.”
“On behalf of the business owners, workers, and property owners of our district, we’re thrilled that Kings Theatre has jumped in to host this event again and are grateful for the dedicated students of the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism at Erasmus Campus for planning a culturally-relevant, yet traditional, feast,” said Lauren Collins of the Church-Flatbush Community Alliance. “Huge thanks to Council Member Rita Joseph, Stop & Shop, and Grow America for making it possible.”
“We are thankful for this partnership and the opportunity it provides our students to showcase their culinary skills. Students take great pride in this event and are most grateful for the opportunity it provides to give back to their community, said Luke Fitzgibbon, Teacher at the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at the Erasmus Campus. Since its inception, an estimated 450 students have participated in the Thanksgiving Luncheon, serving more than 3,000 meals to the community.
In the spirit of giving back, Kings Theatre is currently collecting gently used winter coats for adults and children, as well as new hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and blankets for community members in need. Donated supplies will be distributed during the luncheon, providing warmth and comfort to those who need it most. Donations can be conveniently dropped off at the Kings Theatre Box Office on show nights, as well as during Box Office hours from Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm to 5:30pm.
The Thanksgiving Luncheon is presented in partnership by Kings Theatre, The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Erasmus Campus, Church-Flatbush Community Alliance (formerly the Church Ave. BID & Flatbush Ave. BID), Stop & Shop, NYC Council Member Rita Joseph and Grow America (formerly NDC).
About Kings Theatre
The historic Kings Theatre reopened in 2015 as one of New York’s premiere performing arts venues. Providing a destination for popular entertainment and serving as a resource for local arts groups and community organizations, Kings is a cultural and economic cornerstone of the Flatbush community and a major fixture in Brooklyn’s vibrant cultural landscape. Launched in 2016 with the first annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, the KingsCares initiative partners with local nonprofits, organizations and independent businesses to present free and low-cost community programming including performances, educational events, and speaking engagements. Community partners include The Brooklyn Bank, CAMBA, Flatbush Cats, Stop & Shop, Aunts et Uncles, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Erasmus Campus, and Church-Flatbush Community Alliance (formerly the Church Ave. BID & Flatbush Ave. BID).