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Director of Restaurant Operations
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4517 W. Market Street
Greensboro, North Carolina,27407
In 2003, Libby Hill Seafood partnered with the Moses Cone Health Care System to provide healthy eating choices for cardiac patients. This program led to the MCHeartWise selections on our menus. Over the years our menu selection has evolved as well. Chicken a... more.
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Director of Restaurant Operations, Libby Hill
Co-founder and organizer Mary Lacklen, who's director of operations for Libby Hill Seafood, started the project when she was president of the Guilford County Restaurant Association.
"We wanted to have a yearly project," she says, "We see so much waste and there's so much need in our area, it's kind of frightening." mary_lacklen Mary Lacklen It's a typical Thanksgiving Day meal, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and dessert. Lacklen was inspired by the Christmas meal that former Ham's owner, the late Mark Freiberg, held every year. His daughter, Anna, has continued the Christmas tradition at Bender's Tavern in Greensboro. Lacklen's Thanksgiving Day dinner has grown from the kitchen at the Potter's House at the Urban Ministry to the kitchen at the Greensboro Coliseum where meals are now prepared and then sent to those in need. The effort costs about $25,000 annual to serve the community. The group raises money all year, but now they're in that final push to make things really happen. "At the end of each year, we've had a surplus, but last year, the need was so great, we didn't have a residual to carry over," Lacklen said. They have been buying all the food, she added, but this year hope to get some donations for ingredients as well as paper goods with particular hope for paper containers for sustainable packaging of to-go items. Lacklen named it the Ken Conrad Legacy Endowment Fund after her mentor and Community Tables co-founder Ken Conrad, who passed away last December. Lacklen and Conrad spent 30 years feeding those in need. I felt strongly about keeping his legacy alive," Lacklen said. The endowment is meant to eventually ensure the long-term stability of the project, but right now, the project itself still needs support of donors. "No donation is too small," Lacklen says. The Thanksgiving Day dinner is a special time. Many dress in their "Sunday best. Lacklen says she wouldn't have her holiday any other way.
Thanksgiving/Holiday Fund: Food, dignity and hope for people in need - CFGG
"It's something they don't have every day," says Mary Lacklen, a co-founder of Community Tables and director of restaurant operations for Libby Hill Seafood Restaurants.
"Sometimes dignity is taken away, with no job or income, and children in need," Lacklen says. Several years ago, Conrad and Lacklen recognized that families in need typically were not turning up at shelters and other facilities that were serving the Thanksgiving dinner prepared by volunteers for Community Tables. "We're trying to provide a family atmosphere," Lacklen says. "One woman had tears in her eyes. She said she had finally found a place where she was treated with a level of dignity and respect, and she could be proud in front of her kids." Community Tables also has provided many other families with a tradition of giving back at the holidays. "We have a lot of the same volunteers year after year," Lacklen says. Community Tables "makes our community stronger," Lacklen says.
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Triad Local First Chair
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(Judged by Mary Lacklen, formerly of Bert's Seafood and Cecelia Thompson of Mod Meals on Mendenhall)