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Detroit Pistons’ Season of Giving presented by Meijer kicked-off with annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Thanksgiving Event Kicks-Off Detroit Pistons’ Season of Giving Presented By Meijer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ —The Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment will kick-off the Detroit Pistons’ Season of Giving presented by Meijer with their fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner, serving over 750 people on Wednesday, November 18 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The guests are pre-selected individuals and families from Forgotten Harvest’s partner agencies in Wayne and Oakland County.

Detroit Pistons players, coaches and Palace Sports & Entertainment employees will serve meals and visit with individuals and families in attendance from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  As part of the NBA’s Hoops for Troops commitment to service and its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, 30 uniformed service men and women will join Palace staff for the evening.  Entertainment will include music and appearances from Pistons’ mascot Hooper and the Pistons Entertainment Teams.

“Partnering with an important organization like Forgotten Harvest allows us to share the joy of the holiday season in a way that helps families and others who need assistance in our local community,” said Dennis Mannion, President and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment.  “Consistent with our owner Tom Gores’ mission to be impactful, we look forward to working with Meijer to provide a special Thanksgiving evening for those who join us at The Palace.”

As presenting sponsor of the event, Meijer, along with the Detroit Pistons, will provide the food for the Thanksgiving dinner. Other Detroit Pistons sponsors assisting with the event through in-kind donations include: Coca-Cola, Parsonage, Microsoft, Tim Horton’s and Goofy Faces Caricatures.

“Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” Auburn Hills Meijer Store Director Tom Abney said. “We are pleased to partner with The Detroit Pistons and Forgotten Harvest, and look forward to helping provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in our community.”

In addition to a Thanksgiving meal, all pre-selected individuals will receive a voucher for one ticket to a future Detroit Pistons game.

“We are appreciative of the Detroit Pistons, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Meijer for their continued support of our community and this great event,” said Kirk Mayes, CEO Forgotten Harvest. “This special Thanksgiving feast brings joy and happiness to many families in the Pontiac and Detroit area that need it most.”

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest “rescued” over 48 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 locations, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 280 emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at

Contact: Kevin Grigg, 248-377-0135,, Cletus Lewis Jr.,, Michelle Fikany, or Michael Horan,

SOURCE: Meijer

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