Welcome Hall Mission

Welcome Hall Mission

October 10, 2014 17:13 ET

Montreal Alouettes Serve Thanksgiving Dinner at Welcome Hall Mission

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 10, 2014) -

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An annual Montreal Thanksgiving tradition continues as the Alouettes return to Welcome Hall Mission to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to more than 375 of the city's homeless. An attitude of gratitude will be in the air as fans at Monday's #SSKvsMTL game express their thanks to former quarterback Anthony Calvillo as his iconic #13 is retired at halftime. Calvillo is a long-time participant in the mission's Thanksgiving activities.

Alouette players will continue on the thankful theme as they exchange their football uniforms and game faces for Welcome Hall Mission aprons and wide smiles. Following the annual CFL Thanksgiving Day game, they will personally serve a complete turkey dinner to needy Montrealers.

The Director of the Men's Mission is no stranger to football. A former fullback with the Calgary Stampeders, Farell Duclair was part of 1998 Grey Cup-winning squad. Last year, Duclair joined the team at Welcome Hall Mission and has traded his passion for football for a passion for helping homeless men transition from the streets to reinsertion into society. He never imagined that his career would bring him back to his home town to join the battle to eradicate homelessness. But his never-give-up attitude, belief in community service, drive to help individuals realize their fullest potential and commitment to long-term solutions have combined to convince him that his new role is a calling, not a job.

"We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with the Montreal Alouettes," says Welcome Hall Mission CEO/Executive Director Cyril Morgan. "The men look forward to this annual event and we appreciate the team's commitment to investing in the community."

This year, Nicolas Boulay, Alex Brink, Jonathan Crompton, Chip Cox, Kyries Hebert, Jerrod Johnson, Tanner Marsh, Brandon Whitaker will offer up servings of delicious food and messages of hope to the hundreds on hand. Uplifting music will be provided by "The Pastor" and band*.

Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of an important #seasonofgiving at Welcome Hall Mission. With hunger and homelessness continuing to be significant problems in Montreal, the campaign for funding of meals at $2.97 has never been more important.

WHAT: Thanksgiving dinner served by the Montreal Alouettes to over 375 of Montreal's homeless and entertainment by "The Pastor" - a local pop musician - and band (Photo and interview opportunity)
WHEN: 5:30 pm, Monday, October 13th, 2014
WHERE: 1490 Saint-Antoine Street west, Montreal, QC H4C 3L6

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Welcome Hall Mission helps Montreal's most disadvantaged through its multiple services which provide constant, effective assistance to tens of thousands of men, women, children and teenagers. Across all programs, the common denominator is its commitment to supporting and giving hope to the most disadvantaged through concrete actions and effective solutions to build a better life and reintegrate into society.

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