HORNELL — The Bethesda Basis was decided to assist make sure that each member of the area people loved a scrumptious dinner on Thursday, and what higher method to accomplish that objective than supporting Invoice Schu’s and the restaurant’s annual free Thanksgiving meal?
Co-owners Ian and Lori Cramp, their staff and volunteers had been busy with preparations Tuesday, on the point of present Thanksgiving meals for greater than 300 individuals — a vacation custom that has change into synonymous with the favored Maple Metropolis eatery. However Billy Schu’s workforce was glad to pause for a brief break when Bethesda Basis board members Janice Spence, Lynn Blades and Jay Pullman stopped by the restaurant to drop off a $1,000 examine to help the free Thanksgiving meals.
“Lori and Ian Cramp have saved up the Billy Schu’s Thanksgiving custom of serving a beautiful meal, for free of charge, to people. In these difficult occasions, the muse needed to assist” defined Spence, Bethesda Basis government director.
Billy Schu’s remained open regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting its marketing strategy and following state pointers to satisfy new well being and security guidelines.
“Mother and Dad simply needed to hold the custom going, it doesn’t matter what,” Victoria Cramp stated of her dad and mom.
Lori Cramp stated she is grateful for the Bethesda Basis’s donation. Cramp stated 307 individuals had signed up for a Thanksgiving meal by Tuesday and the quantity was anticipated to extend to at the very least 350 by Thanksgiving.
“It was an ideal assist this yr as a result of I’ve a sense that (the necessity) goes to be up, and sadly costs are up this yr due to COVID,” Lori Cramp stated. “We really had a bit challenge getting the final 5 instances of turkey with SYSCO. The large birds are going quick.”