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ThanksLiving 2016 Recap

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Video courtesy of Donny Moss.

More than 250 guests from the tri-state area gathered at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, NY for a celebration of life and compassion at the 11th annual ThanksLiving gala, our most thanksliving16successful benefit to date, on Sunday, November 13.

The guests of honor, the Sanctuary’s rescued turkeys, took part in the festivities and enjoyed a feast of pumpkin pies made just for them, a tradition now more than a decade old.

“Every year, 46 million turkeys are killed for the Thanksgiving holiday alone,” said Shelter Director Kathy Keefe. “Today, we celebrate our rescued turkeys and the 350 animals at the Sanctuary who are spared from this horrible fate. Turkeys are sensitive, curious, and intelligent animals – and they deserve better.”


Dinner prepared by Chef Craig Cochran

A delicious Thanksgiving-themed vegan meal—what some guests referred to as “the best meal I’ve ever had”—was served by guest Chef Craig Cochran, co-founder of Terri restaurants in New York City. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a variety of elegant vegan desserts from Maresa Volante, founder of Sweet Maresa’s of the Hudson Valley and co-founder of Confectionary! in New York City.

Beautiful artwork, high-end fashion items, and exclusive vegan experiences were among the silent auction and raffle items generously donated by organizations like Kat Von D Beauty, JetBlue Airways, Mohonk Mountain House, The Omega Institute, LAIKA Magazine, LUSH Cosmetics and more.

Silent auction and raffle items

Silent auction and raffle items

Our exclusive online auction on Charitybuzz is live and will run through November 22 and includes eight incredible packages! Place your bid today at:

When the online auction concludes, total funds raised will surpass $150,000 to help the Sanctuary continue its vital work in rescue, sheltering and outreach for farmed animals – making this by far the organization’s most successful benefit to date. Our deepest thanks to all those who participated, volunteered and contributed!

View the full gallery of photos from event photographer Melissa Cacioppo.

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