WANT TO GO?
"Thanksgiving Benefit Dinner"
Charleston YWCA Sojouner's Shelter
WHEN: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14
WHERE: Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, corner of Lee St. and Court St.
COST: $30 for adults. Children 10 years old and younger eat free
INFO: 304-340-3553 or www.ywcacharleston.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- They've done it for 23 years. Tom and Bobbie Grant and David Frazier, owners of Wellington's, the restaurant previously located at Scarlet Oaks Country Club in Poca, have provided an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner shortly before the holiday to benefit YWCA Sojourner's Shelter.
Guests gathered in Wellington's dining room and sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. They'll gather again this year, but in a new location. In March, Wellington's doors closed for the final time in Poca, and the Grants retired. Frazier and his business partner, Rick Lowe, opened a Wellington's Café and Catering in April at 2153 Greenbrier St., just east of Capital High School.
The café's dining space is just right for lunch, which they serve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, but not large enough to accommodate the annual Thanksgiving benefit dinner. So Frazier and Lowe will bring their food to a new location, the generous dining area at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, at the corner of Lee and Court streets. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30 for adults, and children age 10 and younger dine for free.
The dinner typically raises about $10,000 for Sojourner's, said director Margaret Taylor. They served 250 to 300 in the Poca location, but Taylor expects more like 400 at Saint George, which is a more convenient location for many of their guests. "It's a nice family atmosphere," she said. "A lot of the same people come year after year. It's like a reunion."