For the eighth year, Salus University staff and Williamson/Culinart Services prepared and delivered complete turkey dinners to Jenkintown and Cheltenham police departments on Thanksgiving day. This was also the fourth year that meals were delivered to AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society, which provides lodging at no cost to patients who are far from home while undergoing treatment. A total of 120 dinners were prepared and delivered. The University donated the turkeys and Culinart, which manages the University cafeteria, provided side dishes and use of their kitchen for cooking and preparing the meals.

This year the group of volunteers included group founder Dave Wisher, assistant bursar, and longtime participants Ester Colon, bursar, and daughter, Krystine; Dr. Larry McClure, director, Institutional Research and Strategic Planning and son, Kevin; and Don Kates, vice president, Finance, who brought his daughter, Lucy. “Second years” included Salus president, Dr. Michael Mittelman, who brought daughters Emily and Laurel this year, and Wayne Pancza, director, Safety and Security. “First year” Gary Hughes, lead officer, Safety and Security, and Lisa Blade of Culinart completed the group. Longtime volunteers since middle school, Krystine Colon and Kevin McClure, will graduate from college in May; Krystine from Bryn Mawr and Kevin from Penn State.

In addition to doing this for local police, Dave Wisher also joined NOSA (National Optometric Student Association) Salus/PCO chapter students in their eighth year of delivering full turkey dinners for local families in need. This year they delivered dinners to 20 families.

 From left to right: Kevin McClure; Chrystyna and Esther Colon; Dave Wisher; Mike, Emily and Laurel Mittelman; Gary Hughes; Don and Lucy Kates.  Missing from the picture are Wayne Pancza and Larry McClure. More photos on our Facebook page.