Annual THANKSGIVING event is Thanksgiving Day!
Donatello will host Thanksgiving for over 1000
TAMPA, FL- (November 22, 2023) Since 1987, when owner and founder Guido Tiozzo decided to thank the community for the warm welcome Donatello had received, he began the tradition of hosting an annual Thanksgiving benefitting the children of Tampa, and the number of people enjoying the traditional dinner had grown exponentially reaching the thousands. Now, this year, his son Gino Tiozzo, and wife Alessandra Tiozzo, will continue to honor the tradition at our “Thanksgiving at Donatello”, which began more than 30 years ago.
“Thanksgiving at Donatello” will be on Thanksgiving Day, the 23rd of November. We will serve families and children in the restaurant with a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings and pasta (of course)!
But we need your help! The Restaurant is open to all volunteers, as we do not have enough staff on hand to serve. No need to contact us. Volunteers may arrive when available, but, if possible, by 10:30.
Gifts are as important as food to these children. Gifts will be inside surprise boxes especially chosen and sorted for them, according to their wishes. Food and gifts will be from 11-2:30. Thank you to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tampa Bay Rays for their support.
We look forward to welcoming the families and children at our restaurant, being served by tuxedoed waiters, listening to the Christmas Carols of Kitty Daniels and Majid Shabazz, taking pictures with local personalities, and marveling at the character actors. We love the sparkling eyes of the children opening all the gifts. Alessandra Tiozzo, wife of the late Guido Tiozzo, will also be there to enjoy the Thanksgiving she has known since she landed in this country.
The agencies which participate are the Children’s Cancer Center, City of Tampa Recreation, Eckerd Community Alternative, Incarnation Church, Men of Vision, FEC, Coach Foundation, One Church, One Child, Youth Build, Young Lions, Positive image, Feed the Children, and other related organizations.
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