Turkey contest to be overseen by chamber
The Chamber will keep the books, organize and publicize this year’s event, said Nathan Knottingham, new executive director. This will allow the nonprofit participants to focus on fundraising.
“The main reason is so you, the nonprofit sponsor, will get the most benefit from your time and efforts and remain mission-focused to your specific calling,” he said in a letter to participants.
Chelsea Paterson of the Chamber will serve as the contact person.
In recent years, three to five different nonprofits a year have taken part in the Biggest Turkey contest. Each fields a candidate and raises money by holding garage sales, dinners and other events. The candidates also participate in a group fundraiser, a bachelor auction.
During Turkey Rama, the candidates perform in the humorous lip synch contest. The person raising the most money is crowned Biggest Turkey.
The local unit of the American Cancer Society started the Biggest Turkey fundraiser in 1981. In the late 80s, ACS partnered with the local hospice organization and split the Biggest Turkey proceeds.
Then hospice became the sole beneficiary and continued running the contest for almost two decades before bowing out at the beginning of 2007. Since then, Biggest Turkey has been an event for Henderson House and other nonprofits, which split organizational duties and proceeds.
For more information about the Biggest Turkey contest and becoming involved, call the Chamber, at 503-472-6196.