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Batavia family to host 15th annual Thanksgiving open house

Published: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Emma and Robert Foelske stand by a few of the donations collected for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. Their parents today will host their 15th annual Thanksgiving Open House.

BATAVIA – One Batavia family will have more Thanksgiving leftovers than most people.

Pam and Dan Foelske today will host their 15th annual Thanksgiving open house. Those who come to the open house are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable item to be donated to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Dan Foelske said he is happy with how much is raised for the food pantry every year.

“We usually get a couple of hundred items every year,” he said. “Usually everybody who comes brings a couple of things.”

The open house attracts hundreds of people. The event is invite only.

“Over the years, as many as 145 people have shown up,” he said. “A lot of the people have guests in for Thanksgiving, and they just bring them along. We invite people, and we let them know that their whole family is invited.”

Those who attend are treated to fare such as ham and cheese puffs, Swedish meatballs, shrimp, and banana and pumpkin bars. The couple had previously run a restaurant in downtown Batavia – Ona’s On The Avenue.

The open house also has become a way for the couple for catch up with friends they don’t see often.

“With some of our friends, it’s the only time we see them during the year,” Dan Foelske said.

The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry serves residents living within Batavia or Batavia Township, which includes parts of Aurora and North Aurora. The pantry serves more than 400 families every month.

Information about the pantry is available at www.bataviafoodpantry.org.

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