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ThanksLiving 2017


ThanksLiving is our most anticipated gala event of the year, where we honor our rescued turkeys and celebrate creative innovations in vegan cuisine. It includes passed hors d’oeuvres, a multi-course gourmet vegan meal, an open bar with wine and beer, a silent auction and raffle, and more–all to raise vital funds for the animals and our sanctuary! Click here to see some photos from last year’s benefit.

This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and funds are needed now more than ever at our sanctuary in High Falls. No discounted “kids” price will be offered for children who occupy a seat. Since this is our gala benefit, the recommended age for attendees is 14+. Thanks for your understanding!

Corporate sponsorship levels available, please contact Chrissy, Development Manager, to sponsor our benefit.

Event Sponsors

(named for our rescued turkey residents)

Jean Sponsor

This year marks our 12th annual ThanksLiving benefit at our sanctuary in High Falls, New York. We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry in Philadelphia for our banquet this year! And we’re delighted to welcome back Maresa Volante of Sweet Maresa’s and Confectionery! in NYC serving elegant and gorgeous vegan desserts! Join us to celebrate another year of lifesaving rescue, shelter, and advocacy work at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

This year, we’ll also be celebrating the work of honoree Jane Velez-Mitchell of Jane, a fast-growing news network on animal rights and veganism with more than a half a million followers on social media. Her daily LIVE cooking segment, #LunchBreakLIVE, features plant-based dishes and has been featured on A&E’s FYI network. 

For six years Velez-Mitchell hosted her own show on HLN/CNN Headline News. She has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issuesThe author of four non-fiction books, including two New York Times bestsellers, she directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award.

Rachel Klein – Founder and Chef of Miss Rachel’s Pantry

Chef-Owner Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry serves exceptional vegan, kosher fare in a variety of inventive ways.  Her weekly prix fixe dinners regularly sell out, bringing a rotating group of food lovers to her little BYOB restaurant at 1938 Chadwick Street for a six-course meal; in the same space, she also regularly hosts private parties and cooking classes. Miss Rachel’s Pantry also caters private events and weddings.

Before establishing her welcoming home on Chadwick Street, Klein operated Miss Rachel’s Pantry out of a smaller space on West Passyunk Avenue. Vegetarian from the age of five, she took to cooking as a means of feeding herself in a non-vegetarian home growing up. Largely self-taught, Klein spent time in the kitchen at South Street’s landmark vegan restaurant Horizons before striking out on her own. After learning of the horrors of the dairy industry about eight years ago, she committed to a fully vegan lifestyle, and her cooking has been proudly vegan ever since.

Maresa Volante – Founder and Owner of Sweet Maresa’s and Co-founder of Confectionery

maresaSince 2011, Maresa has been whipping up breathtakingly gorgeous confections and defying all the conventions of vegan baking with her elegant and airy french macarons, decadent éclairs, and elegant wedding cakes.

Her bakery won Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best New Bakery in 2015, and she’s been taking the world of vegan baking to new heights. In 2015, she opened Confectionery! in Manhattan, a joint venture between Sweet Maresa’s and Lagusta’s Luscious serving organic and fair trade vegan sweets. Her baked goods are also on offer at Lagusta’s Luscious and Commissary! in New Paltz, NY.



Thank you to our generous auction, raffle, and gift bag sponsors:


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Aeropress, Inc.
Angela Roi
Anjali Clothing
Bakery on Main
Beyond Skin
Bungalow 360
Champion Juicer
Compassion Company
Crofter’s Organic
Daily Harvest
Dandies Marshmallows
Design Specimen
Earth Rated
Field Roast
Got2Lindy Dance Studios
Fran Costigan & ROUXBE Online Culinary School 
Harney & Sons
Herbivore Clothing
Jajaja – Plantas Mexicana
Karen Segboer Fine Art
Kat Mendenhall
Kat Von D
Kite Hill
LAIKA Magazine
Lois Eastlund
Lora Shelley Art
Lundberg Family Farms
Marc S Wood WFPB Health Coach
Melitta USA, Inc.
Meow Meow Tweet
Natracare LLC
NOAH Shoes
Nomoo Cookies
nyl Skincare
Olbas Herbal Remedies
Once Again Nut Butter
P.S. Kitchen
Posh Pelts
Primal Spirit Foods
Pure V
Raw Rev
Red Apple Lipstick, INC.
Red Robin Song Guest House
Rita Bolla Art
Schmidt’s Naturals
Sewall House Yoga Retreat
Simply Gum
Simply Wood Rings
Suzanne Ellenthal
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Emerson Resort and Spa
The Graham & Co.
The Vegan Collection
Unicorn Goods
Upton’s Naturals
Vegan Divas
Vegan Rob’s
Yes To

Thank you to our generous food and beverage sponsors:

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Adams Fairacre Farms
Mother Earth Storehouse

Coffee service generously donated by:

Photo booth services generously donated by:

Floral centerpieces provided by:logo-green cottage