Military Thanksgiving Feast Giveaway

A fortunate Utah military family will receive a FREE Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of  Families can apply by submitting a 200-300-word essay to


Nov. 3, 2009, Lehi, UT- Thanksgiving Day dawns the beginning of the holidays and represents the season to give.  It’s almost as if giving and the holiday season have become synonymous.

However, the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces dedicate the entire year in our behalf, giving their lives to ensure our safety and comfort.

This year has decided to give back to one of our loyal military families through the “ Thanksgiving Feast Giveaway.”

The winner of the giveaway will receive a free family dinner on Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2009.  The restaurant chosen will include an exclusive banquet room for the winner and their family.

The owner of, Eric Kandell, hopes the contest will give a deserving Utah military family an extravagant Thanksgiving dinner.

“Hopefully we can help a family in Utah receive a Thanksgiving dinner that otherwise would not get one,” Kandell said.  “Everybody deserves a Thanksgiving feast and we want to make that a reality for a Utah military family in need.”

According to the Department of Defense, the U.S. military is deployed in over 150 countries with around 25% of its active duty soldiers serving in foreign countries.

Many military families spend holidays, like Thanksgiving, with a family member deployed on military service.  This can make the holiday season a particularly tough time to have a loved one away from home.

The contest is designed to help a Utah military family to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day dinner even amidst sad or tough times.

Families can nominate themselves or another military family in need.  To enter the contest, please submit a 200-300-word essay to and tell us why the military family should be selected.

Please include the following information:

1)      Your Name

2)      Address

3)      Contact Information (Phone # or Email)

4)      200-300-word essay

5)      Name of Family You are submitting for the contest (You can submit your own family or another family in need)

“If we can just help one military family have a happy Thanksgiving that will be worth it,” Kandell said.  “We just want to thank the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

The family must be associated or enlisted with the military or they will not qualify for the prize.  All entries must be submitted by November 20th to enter the giveaway. will pay for dinner for up to 10 individuals.  Any number more than 10 will not be compensated.




Craig Walton

Director of Public Relations

Office:  801-341-7048

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