SOURCE: Union Rescue Mission

November 13, 2008 17:23 ET

Join the Mayor of Whoville at the Union Rescue Mission Saturday, November 22

Annual Thanksgiving Street Festival 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) -

WHAT:      Union Rescue Mission (URM) CEO Andy Bales will be joined by 300
           volunteers and the Mayor of Whoville from Twentieth Century Fox
           Home Entertainment's "Horton Hears A Who!" to serve a
           Thanksgiving Meal, Whoville style, to more than 3,500 homeless
           men, women & children on Skid Row this holiday season.

WHO:       Union Rescue Mission on San Pedro Street will be transformed
           into Whoville, a community right out of the hit animated film
           "Horton Hears A Who!" This year's festival will feature a
           delicious Thanksgiving meal, live entertainment, lots of
           give-a-ways and a Whoville themed Kid Zone that's sure to be a
           big hit with children and adults alike.

WHEN:      Saturday, November 22, 2008. Cooking begins on the street in
           front of URM at 1:30 a.m. (frying turkeys). The festival is open
           to the Skid Row community from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Union Rescue Mission/Whoville @ 545 South San Pedro Street,
           Los Angeles California 90013 (Between 5th & 6th Street on
           San Pedro Street).

WHY:       Union Rescue Mission along with Twentieth Century Fox
           Entertainment, KJLH Radio and the Magic Johnson Foundation will
           continue to bring people together as long as there is a need to
           bring hope and healing to the men, women and children of Skid
           Row who feel they have been forgotten.

Note: The visuals of 15 turkey fryers cooking 160 turkeys in the middle of the night for the homeless will be a great photo & film opportunity. Also, the Mayor of Whoville & the Whoville themed Kid Zone. A very different Thanksgiving experience for everyone -- big and small!

Union Rescue Mission's CEO, Andy Bales, said, "We are planning for this Thanksgiving Celebration to be one of the most memorable Thanksgivings for our friends who are experiencing a hard time. We know that with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's 'Horton Hears A Who!' sponsoring the event, that it will be an unforgettable moment in the lives of our precious children. We hope that they will have some moments of overwhelming love and thankfulness during what is a most challenging time in their lives."

About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and homeless. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles. It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact:
    Kitty Davis-Walker
    Union Rescue Mission
    (213) 507-5562 cell or
    Liz Mooradian
    Union Rescue Mission
    (909) 973-8591 cell