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UWF Emerald Coast students serve Thanksgiving meal for Children in Crisis

University of West Florida hospitality students on the Emerald Coast gave back to the community by serving Thanksgiving dinner to children and their caregivers at the Children in Crisisfacility in Fort Walton Beach yesterday, Nov. 18.

As part of a course project, the students chose to organize, prepare and serve a Thanksgiving dinner for Children in Crisis. This allows the students to demonstrate their knowledge of food and beverage operations. This is the second year that the students in this course hosted this function for the organization.

The event featured a three-course meal, turkey carving demonstration and a string quintet from Navarre High School. Additionally, the students taught the children proper table setting etiquette using dinnerware and cloth napkins.

“We have been told that many of these children have never experienced a traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” said Marcia Dove, UWF professor. “We are grateful that Children in Crisis has given us this opportunity to serve.”

Students that participated in the event include: Nicole Beck, Karla Berry, Jennifer Bundrick, Daniel Crowley, Natalie Davis, Sean Duval, Deborah Elliott, Debbie Flynn, Salina Fountas, Whitney Goodwin, Elizabeth Gould, Preston Green, Brittany Hanks, Mary Lietz and Keli Nida.

Children in Crisis is a non-profit organization that provides homes and establishes hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned children of Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. For additional information about the organization, visit