Media Advisory - Ravens Players Provide Thanksgiving Meals

More than 20 Ravens players will be in our community on Monday (11/23) and Tuesday (11/24) to combat hunger issues, as each year 235,000 people in Maryland rely on community feeding programs to avoid going hungry.

Annually, the Ravens organization and its players commit to making a difference and feeding Maryland families. For the 2009 efforts, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown will assist by joining players at the Ray Lewis distribution and the Helping Up Mission dinner event below.

Monday, Nov. 23

  • Ravens T Jared Gaitherwill battle against LBs Prescott BurgessandEdgar Jonesin the inaugural Ravens Cook-Off at ESPN Zone on Monday. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Local personalities, including Sarah from 98 Rock and Ravens director of media relations Chad Steele, will be on hand to judge the finished dishes. Fans are invited to the event to support a worthy cause to end hunger in Maryland. Canned goods and non-perishables will be accepted, and proceeds will benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

  • Ravens RB Willis McGaheewill be joined by teammates FB Le'Ron McClainand RB Ray Riceto provide Thanksgiving baskets to 500 Howard County families in need on Tuesday. The Willis McGahee Foundation annually works with the Community Action Council, a nonprofit human services organization committed to helping its most vulnerable citizens.
  • T Jared Gaitherdonated funds to provide Thanksgiving baskets to residents of Pigtown, a southwest Baltimore neighborhood. Gaither will join members of the Lady Ravens Association on Tuesday to distribute the dinners at Paul's Place Outreach Center, which will serve 300 families.
  • LB Ray Lewiswill host his annual Thanksgiving dinner distribution for Baltimore families at Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center on Tuesday. He has joined forces with area companies to supply 1,000 Baltimore families with the necessary items to dine for the holiday, in addition to providing them with household products and toiletries.
  • S Ed Reedwill continue to serve the students of his adopted Booker T. Washington Middle School, providing Thanksgiving fixings to local families on Tuesday. Reed's L.O.R.D.S. (Leadership, Orders, Respect, Discipline, Success) Program is an incentive-based program that rewards students with special events and Ravens tickets for those who reach goals based on homework completion, behavior and attendance.
  • The fourth annual holiday dinner at the Helping Up Mission in downtown Baltimore will be led by Ravens RB Ray Rice.Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, rolls and dessert will be a special meal for 275 men who live and visit the shelter. The Mission is a residential facility where Rice, joined by teammates, will be serving dinner to the guests.
  • Ravens G Ben Grubbswill host a Thanksgiving dinner distribution for 100 single-parent families in Baltimore. Established in the summer of 2009, the Ben Grubbs Foundation exists to support youth in single-parent homes. Grubbs will be joined by teammates and members of the United States Marine Corps.

Ravens Player Cook-Off(Monday, Nov. 23)
ESPN Zone
601 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD

All other events will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24. Please note that families have pre-registered for all events listed below.

Ravens Running Backs
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Owen Brown Inter-Faith Center
Recreation Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD

Jared Gaither
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Paul's Place Outreach Center
1118 Ward Street
Baltimore, MD

Ray Lewis
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Robert C. Marshall
1201 Pennsylvania
Baltimore, MD

Ed Reed
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Booker T. Washington Middle
1301 McCulloh Street
Baltimore, MD

Ray Rice
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Helping Up Mission
1023 East Baltimore Steet
Baltimore, MD

Ben Grubbs
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Park Heights Boys & Girls Club
4910 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD

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