Posted on Nov 22, 2017
The Newton and Brookline Rotary Clubs hosted the 33rd Annual Thanksgiving Football Luncheon at Braeburn on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.   It was chock full of music, food, fellowship and recognition of the young leaders in our communities.
Brookline Rotarians Bo Winiker & Jamie Saltman welcomed us with jazz (with a short assist by Newton Rotarian Chris Chu).
The Lovetones  lead the group in God Bless America.
Braeburn provided a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
Attendees brought donations for food pantries in Newton and Brookline.
The Reverend Howard Haywood (a Paul Harris Fellow) provided the Invocation.
The event was slightly different this year: coaches and students spoke about their experiences (in place of a keynote speaker):
Newton North Cheer Captains Naimid Abelenda, Kenison Winton & Morgan Britt-Webb with their coach Brianna Hogan.
Brookline Cheer Captains Amara Obiora and Eva Ernest with their coaches Meghan Cells & Erin Blette
Newton North Football Captains Noah Neville, Nathan Harvey, Ryan McLaughlin, Thomas Byrne & Will Hodgson with Coach Michael Coppola
Brookline High Football Coach Keith Thomas with Captains Joseph Clark, Liam Downey, Taigue Stephenson, Henry Terry & Eric Tinsley
District Governor Karin Gaffney spoke about "What is Rotary?"
Newton Mayor Setti Warren gave a brief farewell address.
A good time was had by all: