The Gardiner Foundation and Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. teamed up once again for The First Annual Gardiner Foundation Turkey Giveaway. The event, held on November 20, 2010 outside of St. James Park, was held to provide families in need in the Bronx community with Thanksgiving meals.
The Gardiner Foundation set up flyers and sign-up sheets in community centers and churches surrounding St. James Park a few weeks before the event. The sheets, which asked for contact information and a brief description of why that family should be selected, were collected a few weeks prior to the event, and 130 families were chosen to win a free Thanksgiving meal.
On Saturday morning, November 20, The Gardiner Foundation and Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. set up tables at the corner of 193rd Street and Morris Avenue. Along with Kelly & Rubin, P.C., who also helped sponsor the event, handed out Thanksgiving meals consisting of a large frozen turkey, fresh vegetables, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and extras to make a stuffing to 130 families.
The Gardiner Foundation was established in 2006 by Dexter Gardiner, in memoriam of the loss of six of his family members in a horrific car accident on the Bronx River Parkway. Building upon his family’s legacy of helping others in need, the Foundation embarked on a community outreach initiative that offers educational scholarships, community support, spiritual guidance, and burial assistance to other families who have suffered a sudden and tragic loss.Since its conception, The Foundation has awarded eleven scholarships to students entering college for the first time.
Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. has been working with the Gardiner Family for the past few years to provide support for the Bronx Community. When Jeff Korek, a partner at the law firm, met Dexter Gardiner a few years ago while playing basketball together, he became truly inspired by Dexter’s strength and spirit during the most difficult time in his life.The firm immediately teamed up with Dexter and The Gardiner Foundation to become the title sponsor of the Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic, held in St. James Park in August each year.
Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. was so thankful during the holiday season to have the opportunity to give back to the Bronx Community. Based on the smiles on everyones faces and the warm handshakes and embraces exchanged by all involved, the First Annual Gardiner Foundation Turkey Giveaway was a great success. The firm can’t wait to work with the Gardiner Foundation next year to make the Second Annual Giveaway even bigger!