Waterfront Café Thanksgiving meal has record turnout, donations


November 29, 2023

Chef Dagmar Chislandi and Grant Lucas standing in kitchen.

Bill Reynolds

GIVING THANKSGIVING–Chef Dagmar Chislandi and Grant Lucas prepare Thanksgiving meal with smiles.

A few hours after completing the La Conner Turkey Trot, Jaime Stroebel-Reinstra was keeping a brisk pace as a volunteer server at the Waterfront Café's community Thanksgiving Day meal.

She and others – including her own family members – who pitched in to help with the annual fundraiser for local charities were kept busy throughout a three-hour early afternoon shift last Thursday.

"We had more reservations and more people this year than ever before," Waterfront Café co-owner Marla Vallee told the Weekly News.

Vallee said 154 people were served and dinner donations stood at $2,375 at...

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