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Members of the Thanksgiving Brunch Bunch committee are gearing up for Portage County's charity "fun-raiser," which will celebrate its 45th year at a new location.
"We are excited to announce that Brunch Bunch is coming back to downtown Kent where it originated on November 28, 1968," said committee member Dennis Missimi.
This year's event will be held at the new KSU Hotel and Conference Center on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The annual event, which has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Kent, began when organizers, Richard "Moose" Paskert, Jack Urchek, and Larry Sisson snuck away from the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving morning preparation and found their way to Hahn's Fine Foods, a bakery and restaurant on South Water Street in downtown Kent. An impromptu auction raised about $235 for charity.
The Thanksgiving morning "coffee hour" has since become a long standing holiday tradition that has raised approximately $375,000 for various charities in Portage County by auctioning items from pencils and peanuts 45 years ago to more elaborate items today such as specialty gift baskets, sports memorabilia, Goodyear blimp rides, and items unique to Brunch Bunch.
With each year, the event has grown, attracting hundreds of people. It has changed locations along the way from Hahn's to Ace's Restaurant on North Water Street to Missimi's Restaurant on West Main Street to the Kent American Legion on Mogadore Road.
"The KSU Hotel and Conference Center is such a beautiful addition to our downtown area, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this event back downtown and carry on this heartwarming community tradition at such an outstanding venue," said Michelle Hartman, event chairwoman.
All proceeds raised benefit organizations that better the lives of Portage County residents.
Admission to the event is $3 for endless coffee, cider, and doughnuts. The committee is accepting donated items for the auction and monetary donations.
Donations can be dropped off at Hall-Green Agency, 146 N. DePeyster St. in Kent, Portage Community Bank in Ravenna at 1311 E. Main St. or at its Kent location at 1532 S. Water Street.
Raffle tickets also are available for cash prizes and gift cards.
For event information, contact Michelle Hartman at 330.815.4315.