Deng Thanksgiving

Giving hope for those in need during the festive period

deng_thanksgivingOur organistion serve an annual thanksgiving dinner in Chicago to those in need at this giving time of year with the help of the Chicago Bulls and other great organisations.

The dinners couldn’t be possible without the support from so many people including Chicago Bulls players, staff and other organisations who lend a helping hand. We will continue to strive to reach as many people as we can, where in 2012 we reached our highest amount yet of serving over 700 people.

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Deng to again provide over 700 meals to those in need

November 5, 2012 — The Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng provided Thanksgiving dinner to more than 700 guests at the Pacific Garden Mission on Sunday.

Deng and Bulls representatives including Michael and Nancy Reinsdorf, Gar and Leslie Forman, Randy Brown, Bill Wennington, Chuck Swirsky, Sidney Green, Carolyn Paxson, Benny the Bull as well as Bulls and Levy Restaurants front office staffs were on hand to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the men, women and children visiting the rescue mission that evening. Deng also presented each guest with a winter hat that he donated personally.

The Bulls extend a special thanks to Levy Restaurants, Midwest Foods, Meats by Linz, Vienna Beef, Hinckley Springs, Eli’s Cheesecake Company, North American Paper Company and Highland Baking Company for their donations to help make this event possible.

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. It is the oldest, continuously-operating, rescue mission in the country. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care. For more information, visit www.pgm.org/

 

November 15, 2010—The Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng provided a Thanksgiving dinner for more than 700 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission on Sunday.

Deng, along with the help from his foundation, the Bulls, Vienna Beef, Hinckley Springs, McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant and Randolph Flowers donated and served a Thanksgiving dinner and dessert to the men, women and children visiting the homeless shelter that evening.

Deng was also joined by Taj Gibson, Sidney Green and Chuck Swirsky as they personally assisted with serving dinner to the 700 diners.

After dinner, Deng provided each guest with a Bulls gift to celebrate the holiday.

The Luol Deng Foundation is dedicated to assisting those in need by providing resources and creating opportunities for a better way of life. With hope, integrity and faith as values, the foundation’s wellness, educational and recreational programs encourage and promote progress and improvement in our community and in Sudan.

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. It is the oldest, continuously-operating, rescue mission in the country. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care.

November 15, 2009 (CHICAGO) — An early Thanksgiving celebration was held Sunday night, courtesy of the Chicago Bulls.

Bulls forward Luol Deng provided turkey dinners for hundreds of visitors at the Pacific Garden mission on the near South Side. This was the fifth consecutive year Deng and his foundation have held the dinner.

Teammates Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson also helped out, as did Hollywood director Harold Ramis. This year’s dinner was held early since the Bulls will be on the road through the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 17, 2008 – The Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng provided Thanksgiving dinner for 843 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission on Sunday.

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Deng, along with the help from his foundation, the Bulls, Infinite Logistics, Randolph Flowers, Country House Restaurant, McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant, Edy’s Grand Ice Cream and Hinckley Springs, donated and served a Thanksgiving dinner and dessert to the men, women and children visiting the homeless shelter that evening. After dinner, Deng provided each guest with a Bulls gift to celebrate the holiday.

Deng was joined by his teammates Tyrus Thomas and Aaron Gray, as well as Benny the Bull and Chuck Swirsky as they personally assisted with serving dinner to the 700 diners.

The Luol Deng Foundation is dedicated to assisting those in need by providing resources and creating opportunities for a better way of life. With hope, integrity and faith as values, the foundation’s wellness, educational and recreational programs encourage and promote progress and improvement in our community and in Sudan.

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. It is the oldest, continuously-operating, rescue mission in the country. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care.

November 22, 2007 – The Chicago Bulls and Luol Deng provided Thanksgiving dinner for more than 700 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission (1458 S. Canal Street | Chicago, IL) on Wednesday evening.The Bulls and Deng provided Thanksgiving dinner for more than 700 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission

Deng, along with the help from his foundation, the Bulls, Eli’s Cheesecake, Randolph Flowers, Hinckley Springs, Fields Auto Group and Infinite Logistics, donated and served a Thanksgiving dinner and Chicago’s Eli’s Cheesecake to the men visiting the homeless shelter that evening. After dinner, Deng provided each guest with a Bulls gift to celebrate the holiday.

Deng was also joined by teammate Thabo Sefolosha, as well as team mascot Benny the Bull, as they personally helped serve dinner to the 700 diners.

The Luol Deng Foundation is dedicated to assisting those in need by providing resources and creating opportunities for a better way of life. With hope, integrity and faith as values, our wellness, educational and recreational programs encourage and promote progress and improvement in our community and in Sudan.
Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. It is the oldest, continuously-operating, rescue mission in the country. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care. Many also come seeking the answer to their ongoing struggle.

November 23, 2006 — The Bulls and Luol Deng celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by providing dinner to more than 400 visitors to the Pacific Garden Mission’s Gospel League, a homeless shelter in Chicago, on November 22.

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Deng, along with the help of the Chicago Bulls, MacArthur’s Restaurant, Eli’s Cheesecake, Randolph Flowers, and Fields Auto Group donated and served a Thanksgiving dinner and Chicago’s Eli’s Cheesecake to the families visiting the homeless shelter that evening.

Deng was also joined by teammate Thabo Sefolosha and team mascot Benny the Bull as they personally assisted with the serving of dinner to the 400 diners. After dinner, the Bulls players signed autographs and provided each guest with an assortment of Bulls gifts.

“My athletic abilities have opened many doors of opportunity to me,” said Deng. “Along with playing in the NBA, I am fortunate to be in a position to genuinely help others and I intend to take full advantage of that opportunity. The holidays can be extremely difficult for those who are struggling because they are a time for celebration, giving thanks and sharing. My goal is to remind these people that they are cared about and give them hope that there are better days ahead.”

Deng is dedicated to assisting youth and families in the metropolitan Chicago community by providing resources and creating opportunities. With hope, integrity and faith as values, Deng creates and implements hands-on projects that inspire and encourage progress and improvement in the community.

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care. The Gospel League Home was established in 1941 to specifically address the needs of homeless women and children. It provides dorm-like housing for approximately 150 women and serves between 5,000 and 7,000 meals each month.

Deng to Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for 400 Chicagoans

November 17, 2005 –Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng will visit Pacific Garden Mission’s Gospel League Home (Chicago) on Wednesday, November 23, to serve a Thanksgiving dinner he has purchased to the 400 visitors expected at the home that evening.

Luol Deng - Food Drive 12.9.06 e(2)Deng says he would like to use his experience to inspire hope and hard work in young people who must overcome significant obstacles in order to lead productive lives.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Deng and Bulls mascot Benny the Bull will serve the traditional turkey dinner followed by dessert and the distribution of Bulls gifts from the star forward. The Gospel League Home is located at 955 West Grand Avenue in Chicago.

“My athletic abilities have opened many doors of opportunity to me,” said Deng. “Along with playing in the NBA, I am fortunate to be in a position to genuinely help others and I intend to take full advantage of that opportunity.”

“The holidays can be extremely difficult for those who are struggling because they are a time for celebration, giving thanks and sharing,” he continued. “My goal is to remind these people that they are cared about and give them hope that there are better days ahead.”

With the assistance of the Chicago Bulls, Boston Market, Eli’s Cheesecake and Point Imaging, all patrons visiting the home on November 23 will be provided with dinner, dessert and Bulls novelties in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Deng will continue what has become his holiday tradition of giving in December by planning a shopping spree for local youth.

During his career, Deng would like to use his experience to inspire hope and hard work in young people who must overcome significant obstacles in order to lead productive lives.

Like Luol, there are plenty of great young people – in this city and throughout the world – who are building brighter futures through grit, focus and steadfast resolve. To help them, he plans to establish a Fund that will recognize and reward their efforts. Over the next year, Luol will be giving serious thought to the Fund’s mission and the grantmaking activities that will best support it. For now, he is delighted to do what he can by participating in uplifting events such as this one.

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has been a refuge for those weary of struggling through life’s storms. Countless millions have come to the “Old Lighthouse” in Chicago seeking food, shelter and clothing as well as medical and dental care. Many also come seeking the answer to their ongoing struggle. They leave having found new life through faith in Jesus Christ. The Gospel League Home was established in 1941 to specifically address the needs of homeless women and children. It provides dorm-like housing for approximately 150 women and serves between 5,000 and 7,000 meals each month.