Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys: A compassionate holiday benefit for our feathered friends

If you haven’t yet been to Farm Sanctuary, this can be a delicious and particularly touching time to go.

A compassionate Thanksgiving benefit for turkeys and other farm animals in need with an inspiring speaker line-up, shelter time with our rescued animal residents, a delectable feast featuring vegan versions of traditional holiday favorites, and a silent auction of farm-animal friendly items to raise funds for our lifesaving work. The highlight of the event is our unique Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony in which rescued turkeys are the guests of honor and feast on squash, pumpkin pie and cranberries generously offered by you, their kindhearted guests.

Saturday, November 20, 2010; 1:30 p.m. shelter time begins, 2:30 p.m. Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony, 4:30 p.m. registration begins at Harbor Hotel; 5:30 p.m. vegan gourmet Thanksgiving dinner; 6:30 p.m. guest presentation; 8 – 9 p.m. musical entertainment, book signing with Jonathan Balcombe and Maya Gottfried, silent auction ends.

WHERE: Farm Sanctuary: 3136 Aikens Road, Watkins Glen, N.Y.; Harbor Hotel: 16 North Franklin St., Harbor Ballroom, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

WHO: Special guest speakers include Farm Sanctuary’s charismatic National Shelter Director Susie Coston, Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., author of Pleasurable Kingdom and Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals and Maya Gottfried, author of the children’s book Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (Knopf) which celebrates the residents of Farm Sanctuary’s two shelters. .

COST: $50 per person and includes the catered holiday feast.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations can be made online at or by calling 607-583-2225 ext. 221. Space is limited, so reserve now. The deadline is November 12. We regret that we may be unable to accommodate reservations received after the deadline. Confirmation and directions will be e-mailed.

NOTE: The ceremony and shelter will be open to both the public and Celebration FOR the Turkeys attendees. If you are unable to attend the entire event, you are still welcome to attend farm time and the “Feeding of the Turkeys” ceremony. Farm time begins at 1:30 p.m. and the Turkey Feeding Ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Please check in at the People Barn upon arrival. There is no cost for Celebration FOR the Turkeys guests.

The Adopt-A-Turkey Project seeks to end the suffering of commercially-raised turkeys by offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has rescued more than 1,000 turkeys, placed hundreds into loving homes through our annual Turkey Express adoption event, educated millions of people about their plight, and provided resources for a cruelty-free holiday.

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming.

For More Information Contact:

Michelle King
Farm Sanctuary
Office: 607-583-2225 ext. 254

No matter how you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, make it a compassionate holiday! Leave a comment to tell us about how you’re celebrating.

One thought on “Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys: A compassionate holiday benefit for our feathered friends

  1. Are there any community vegan Thanksgiving potlucks scheduled for this 2010 year? I’m in Ithaca but I’m willing to travel to neighboring areas. Thanks!

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