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Panthers Players Host Thanksgiving Feast For Underprivileged South Florida Families Last Night At Pete’s Café Bella Sera In Parkland

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers Foundation announced today that, for the second year in a row, six Florida Panthers players hosted a special Thanksgiving feast for underprivileged families from the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.

 
Last night, Panthers players Marty Reasoner, Scott Clemmensen, Chris Higgins, Mike Santorelli, Stephen Weiss and Jason Garrison hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner for 33 children and 12 parents from the Boys & Girls Club at Pete’s Café Bella Sera in Parkland.
 
“I've been in the league a couple of years now and this is something that will never get old,” said Panthers forward Chris Higgins. “It's always a joy to come to these events, especially the ones with the kids. It's kind of an instant gratification. You see their smiles and it looks like they're having a great time. The food's great so you can't beat that.”
 
“The holidays are a time where we reflect on what we're grateful to have in our lives,” said Florida Panthers Foundation Executive Director Rachel Brooke. “We're so happy that we could share this moment with Bella Sera and the Boys & Girls Club, give back to the community and make this a Thanksgiving that these families will remember.”
 
In addition to the Thanksgiving feast, the Foundation and Panthers players provided each child with a special gift as well as autographs and photos with all the Cats players. Also in attendance were Panthers General Partner Cliff Viner, Foundation Chairman Stu Siegel, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County Senior Field Officer Rich Ouellette and Senior Unit Director Greg Jones, select Panthers executives, the Panthers Ice Dancers, and more.
 
Media looking for additional photos should contact Panthers Sr. Director of Communications Matt Sacco at saccom@sselive.com or 954.835.7713.
 
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