Celebration for the Turkeys

Watkins Glen, New York

Celebrate life

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so is Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys in Watkins Glen, NY. Help us turn the tables on tradition by treating turkeys to a feast prepared just for them. Then, while enjoying our own vegan cocktail hour and buffet dinner, we’ll give thanks for the power of sanctuary and our friendship with these rescued ambassadors for the 46 million other turkeys raised and slaughtered each year for Thanksgiving.


Schedule

Saturday, November 17 Event

Part One of Two-Part Saturday Event
Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter
3136 Aikens Road, Watkins Glen, NY
Visitor Barn
  • 1:30 p.m.

    Registration
    Gift shop opens
    Open sanctuary visiting time begins

  • 2:30 p.m.

    Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony
    Hosted by National Shelter Director Susie Coston

  • 4 p.m.

    Open sanctuary visiting time ends

  • 4:30 p.m.

    Gift shop closes

Part Two of Two-Part Saturday Event
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
16 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY
Harbor Ballroom
  • 4:30 p.m.

    Silent auction opens
    Light refreshments served*
    Cash bar available*

  • 5:30 p.m.

    Gourmet vegan Thanksgiving dinner*

  • 6:30 - 7 p.m.

    Celebrating Your Inner Turkey, Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director

  • 7 - 7:15 p.m.

    Break

  • 7:15 p.m.

    Silent Auction Ends

  • 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

    Working to Build Bridges of Compassion, Brenda Sanders, Co-founder, Thrive Baltimore

  • 7:45 - 8:15 p.m.

    Concluding remarks, Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder

  • 8:15 p.m.

    Auction items available for pickup
    Please fill out evaluations

Sunday, November 18 Event

Part One of Two-Part Sunday Event
Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter
3136 Aikens Road, Watkins Glen, NY
Visitor Barn
  • 12 p.m.

    Registration
    Gift shop opens
    Open sanctuary visiting time begins

  • 1 p.m.

    Feeding of the Turkeys ceremony
    Hosted by National Shelter Director Susie Coston

  • 2:30 p.m.

    Open sanctuary visiting time ends

  • 3 p.m.

    Gift shop closes

Part Two of Two-Part Sunday Event
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
16 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY
Harbor Ballroom
  • 3 p.m.

    Silent auction opens
    Light refreshments served*
    Cash bar available*

  • 4 p.m.

    Gourmet vegan Thanksgiving dinner*

  • 5 - 5:30 p.m.

    Event Welcome, Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder

  • 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

    Break

  • 5:45 p.m.

    Silent Auction Ends

  • 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.

    Working to Build Bridges of Compassion, Brenda Sanders, Co-founder, Thrive Baltimore

  • 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.

    Celebrating Your Inner Turkey, Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director

  • 6:45 p.m.

    Auction items available for pickup
    Please fill out evaluations

*Allergy statement: Menu items may contain or come into contact with wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens. We cannot guarantee the food served at the event will be free of allergens. For more information, please contact Michelle Waffner.


The Celebration for the Turkeys event is proudly animal-friendly, featuring the following delicious vegan foods:

Starters
Vegan Rolls with Spread
Vegan Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
Spinach, Apple, and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrées
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Sides
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Stuffing
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Cranberry Sauce

Desserts
Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie

*Allergy statement: Menu items may contain or come into contact with wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens. We cannot guarantee the food served at the event will be free of allergens. For more information, please contact  Michelle Waffner.


Speakers

Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Gene Baur

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement.

Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple, actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in the treatment of animals and our food system.

Gene began his activist career selling veggie hot dogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. In 2015, Gene was granted a faculty appointment in Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was recently named one of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100 Givers.

Susie Coston

Susie Coston

Susie Coston

Susie Coston joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in 2000, after spending six years working with a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. With more than two decades of experience working with farm animals, she is a leading authority on both their care and behavior, and she calls on both her expertise and her deep connections with these animals (she’s often referred to as “the farm animal whisperer”) to advocate for compassion for farm animals everywhere. As National Shelter Director, she oversees a team of caregivers who provide individualized care to hundreds of rescued farm animals across Farm Sanctuary’s shelter locations; she also acts as a mentor to many peers who have started their own sanctuaries and leads Farm Sanctuary’s annual Farm Animal Care Conference. She can often be found sharing the stories of her rescued farm animal friends both at speaking engagements and online.

Brenda Sanders

Brenda Sanders

Brenda Sanders

Brenda Sanders is a vegan food-justice activist in Baltimore City who co-founded Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that provides support and resources to help people start living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. She’s also executive director of Afro-Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization that supports people in marginalized communities in transitioning to the vegan lifestyle; co-creator of Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and all aspects of vegan living; and co-owner of The Greener Kitchen, a plant-based deli and food distributor that produces vegan foods that are both affordable and accessible.


Volunteer Opportunities

Farm Sanctuary, a source of education and inspiration for thousands of individuals each year, relies on the dedication of volunteers. We are currently seeking volunteers for both Celebration for the Turkeys events, and we would love to have your help!

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the events: setup, parking, registration, food service, gate assistance, staffing barns, cleanup, and more.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Jane Osick; be sure to mention which date(s) you are interested in volunteering.


Silent Auction

Farm Sanctuary’s silent auctions help raise thousands of dollars to support our work rescuing farm animals from cruelty and inspiring change in the way society views and treats farm animals. At our auctions, guests have the opportunity to bid on a selection of original art, vegan products, gift certificates, and more. We are currently seeking donations from compassionate artists and businesses who are interested in supporting our mission.

We are in need of the following donations:

  • Farm-animal-themed artwork
  • Vegan jewelry
  • Gift certificates or gift baskets of vegan products and services
  • Vacation packages
  • Other creative farm-animal-themed items!

Contributing artists and companies are invited to send promotional materials to be displayed for our guests, an audience interested in compassionate living. To donate, please fill out our contribution form.

Silent auctions will be held at our Celebration for the Turkeys events in Acton, CA, and Watkins Glen, NY, on the following dates:

Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Acton, CA
Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Acton, CA
Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Watkins Glen, NY
Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Watkins Glen, NY

Thank you so much for supporting our work!


Silent Auction Donors

Corporations:
Arbonne International
Bhava Shoes
Bradford Portraits
Body Therapies
Compassion Co.
Ears on Paws Pet Photography
Earth Animal
The Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast
GUNAS
The Herbivorous Butcher
Hurraw! Balm
KEFFIT Scarf and Sarong
Meaningful Paws
Miyoko’s
SerendipiTea
Sustainable Diet
Three Paws Gourmet
V-dog
Vegan Club

Art:
Alex Agass
Animal Inspirations by Terry Flannery
Geaux Jewelry by Margot Goldberg
Gigi Barrett
Wanda Burton
Jodi Chemes
Jason Dunford
Jan Eckhardt
Jacki Hagelberg
Belinda Howell
Erica Johanson
Lillian Koponen
Micah Levy
Susan Lippman
Kathryn Magin
Jo-Anne McArthur
Purpleheart Art by Heather Cable
Jody Riesberg
Shannon Robinson
Rock & Coil by Darcee Neth
Sawhorse Jewelry Designs by Martha Wetter
Julie Steiger
Jennifer Strom
Amy Venlos
Paula Weiner
Nancy Wyllie


Event sponsorship allows Farm Sanctuary to continue hosting events that educate and inspire guests to advocate for farm animals. With your help, we can truly create a more compassionate world!

$350 · Supporter
One reservation to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$1,000 · Advocate
Two reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$5,000 · Major Sponsor
Five reservations to attend the event and on-site event signage sponsor recognition

$10,000 · Celebration for the Turkeys Host
10 reservations to attend the event and sponsor recognition in on-site event signage and podium announcement

Sponsorships must be received by Monday, November 13, to receive on-site signage recognition.