Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon will host Thanksmas for the eighth consecutive year, December 16-18, at Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton, the Sallie House in St. Petersburg and the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater.
As he does for every Thanksmas, Maddon will prepare a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens in the Tampa Bay region. Maddon himself will purchase the food and, with the help of Rays coaches and staff, cook and serve the meals. Over the past seven years, Maddon's Thankmas has served approximately 6,000 individuals in need and provided many of those individuals with clothing and shoes.
In 2012, as a result of numerous donations from generous Rays fans and Maddon's fundraising efforts, Thanksmas was also able to present $7,500 each to Salvation Army centers in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater and the Sallie House.
On December 16, Thanksmas will return to the Sallie House for the fifth consecutive year. Sallie House is a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Rays will also visit the Homeless Emergency Project (HEP) for the first time. Since 1986, HEP has provided homeless and very low-income individuals and families housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
For the fourth consecutive year, Maddon will host a fundraiser for Thanksmas at 717 South in Tampa (717 S Howard Ave.) from 5 p.m. until closing. The restaurant will prepare Maddon's Thanksmas meal and Rays players and coaches will be guest servers.
The 2013 Thanksmas schedule:
Date Time Location
Friday, December 13 at 5 p.m. - Fundraiser at 717 South Restaurant, Tampa
Saturday, December 14 at Noon - Shopping for food, Sam's Club, TBA
Sunday, December 15 at Noon - Food preparation with Joe Maddon at Tropicana Field
Monday, December 16 at 5 p.m. - Sallie House, St. Petersburg
Tuesday, December 17 at Noon - Bradenton Salvation Army, 1204 14th St. W
Tuesday, December 17 at 5 p.m. - St. Petersburg Salvation Army
Wednesday, December 18 at 11:30 a.m. - Homeless Emergency Project, 1120 N Betty Ln., Clearwater
Wednesday, December 18 at 5 p.m. - Tampa Salvation Army, 1603 N Florida Ave.