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Free Christmas Dinner Spreads The Joy Of The Holiday Season

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 12/25/2013

In the true spirit of the holiday season, The Brown Derby Roadhouse in Ontario held its annual Charity Christmas Dinner at the banquet center at 3985 Park Ave. West.

For the past three years the dinner was held at the St. Constantine Helen Greek Orthodox Church on West Third Street in Mansfield.

This marks the 27th year for the annual event which is held to spread some holiday cheer and give back to the community.

Brown Derby Roadhouse co-owner Susan Tsavaris said the dinner is also for anyone who might be spending Christmas alone.

"Our family is always here participating and families in Richland County come out to enjoy the fellowship. It's an event people have enjoyed coming to for 26 years," Tsavaris said.

Children who attended the dinner received a free book and teddy bear.

Diane George of Mansfield attended the dinner with her family for the first time and enjoyed the community celebration.

"It was wonderful. There are alot of people who have nothing for Christmas this year not even toys for their kids. This was awesome" George said.

 "I have food at home but I wanted to come and spend time with the people less fortunate than me this holiday" George said.

The dinner included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, pasta, vegetables, rolls and an assortment of desserts.

Tsavaris said about 1,000 people will be served at the dinner.

The family has offered the meal since 1987.

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