Several days before putting on the feed bag for Thanksgiving, a group of philanthropists gathered for a lavish wild game dinner in support of Open Door Mission.
Doorkeepers, the volunteer arm behind the shelter helping homeless and destitute men, sponsors the annual feast prepared by Open Door Mission chef Charles Rucker. He is assisted by student chefs from the mission, who clearly enjoyed the opportunity to shine.
On this night, Joe Davis and Janet Swickard opened their trophy-filled home (as in a lion, a crocodile and rams) in Stablewood to more than 110 supporters. The night was organized by chairs Karen and Bob Moore with Wendy and Irvin Barnhart and Suzanne and Jack McCrary serving as honorary chairs.
Chef Rucker and his team strutted their culinary stuff with a menu that included whole roasted wild boar, wild boar ribs, duck, pheasant, gumbo, duck pate, rabbit pie, elk chops and wild salmon. Yum!
In the mix were Open Door Mission executive director Rich Hill, Doorkeeper president Charles Goodwin, Sylvia Sullivan, Omana and Sam Abraham, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Franelle Rogers and Barbara and Logan Craft.
The group was entertained by costumed dancers from Kuumba House, who provided an African beat to the wild game- themed dinner.