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Buccaneers provide Thanksgiving meals

Oak Harbor Yacht Club Buccaneers will serve Thanksgiving dinner. In the back row are Dan Wright and Andy Markley. In front are Jan Markley, Cheryl Jandzinski, Lori Rhodenbaugh, Sally Crelly, Michelle Suggs and Chuck Suggs. - Contributed photo
Oak Harbor Yacht Club Buccaneers will serve Thanksgiving dinner. In the back row are Dan Wright and Andy Markley. In front are Jan Markley, Cheryl Jandzinski, Lori Rhodenbaugh, Sally Crelly, Michelle Suggs and Chuck Suggs.
— image credit: Contributed photo

Usually buccaneers are busy looting and pillaging for their own fortunes but it isn’t so for the Oak Harbor Yacht Club Buccaneers.

As they have for the past several years, the Buccaneers have been busy putting together Thanksgiving meals for needy families in the Oak Harbor area.

Each family previously screened through the Opportunity Council receives a turkey, a ham, stuffing mix, cranberries, vegetables, fruit, rolls and a store certificate.

In order to purchase the food for the Thanksgiving meals, the Buccaneers raise funds through a yearly Bayou-themed dinner and white elephant auction held in August at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club.

This year the Buccaneers will donate 27 meals.

“This is one of our events that the Buccaneers really enjoy doing -– it’s great to be able to give back to the community in which we live, especially to those that need a little extra in these difficult times,” said chairwoman Sally Crelly.

“Our club is very generous in their support, as are local businesses, and that’s what makes it possible. And it’s one more time we can get in costume and deliver them to the recipient families,” Crelly said.

The Buccaneers are also active in other community events. The Pirate Ship is a fixture in Oak Harbor parades as well as on Opening Day, which kicks off the boating season at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. The youth fishing derby and a Christmas Angel gift tree are also sponsored by the Buccaneers.

 

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