Our 2017 Turkeys for the Triangle program donated a record-breaking 4,500 turkeys to feed more than 25,000 people this holiday season thanks to the generosity of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team and Butterball, LLC.
From service members at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Camp Lejeune to neighbors in need in our local communities supported by nonprofits like Raleigh Rescue Mission and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, our Turkeys for the Triangle birds served to anchor holidays meals and bring cheer in trying times.
We "tossed" out our second and final turkey donation with help from the U.S. Veterans Corps and our kind agents and staff earlier this week and capped off the annual outreach effort today with our exciting raffle drawing at Johnson Lexus of Raleigh.
"I'll tell you what, it's one of those things," said Don Walston, company founder and chairman, as he spoke about the outreach effort. "It's hard to describe the benefit when you see someone who really appreciates what you're doing for them– it's a– I don't know how to describe it, but it's a warm feeling."
Walston began Turkeys for the Triangle nearly 15 years ago after hearing a radio story about a turkey donation effort the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown began in his hometown of Augusta, Ga. "As I rode along listening to the radio, I got to thinking—if James Brown can giveaway 1,000 turkeys, well then, we could too. As we've gotten into this, we've learned that a number of people don't get to have turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas and it's truly shocking. Our goal is to grow this program to give away 10,000 or 15,000 turkeys each year."
To date, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry Walston's Turkeys for the Triangle program has donated over 30,000 turkeys to feed more than 150,000 people during the holidays.
Our Turkeys for the Triangle program would not be possible without support from a number of local organizations and people.
We've had the tremendous privilege of partnering with Garner-based Butterball, LLC to expand our turkey donations for the past four years. A dedicated program partner, the charitable company donated 1,500 of its sizable Butterball brand birds to Turkeys for the Triangle this year as part of its annual Thanksgiving outreach efforts. "Addressing the needs of the communities where our employees live and work is part of our core values of giving, and through our participation in Turkeys for the Triangle, we are able to serve families in need in the area we call home," said Kerry Doughty, company president and CEO.
Johnson Lexus of Raleigh is another long-standing Turkeys for the Triangle partner we value greatly. Year-after-year, Johnson Lexus of Raleigh has offered up a valuable one-year lease on a new Lexus sedan as the grand prize for our Turkeys for the Triangle. This extraordinary prize is always a crowd favorite!
And, last, but never least, we must pay tribute to our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents and staff, especially annual top ticket salesman Tim McBrayer. We cannot fully express the gratitude we hold for every one of you. Your support of Turkeys for the Triangle is outstanding.
Wondering who won the one-year lease on a new 2018 Lexus? Benjamin Passwaters is your man! He will soon get behind the wheel of a new Lexus sedan courtesy of our Turkeys for the Triangle partner Johnson Lexus of Raleigh.
Other lucky winners included: