RJ Valente, Capital OTB give away 1,500 Thanksgiving meals


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — R.J. Valente Gravel, Inc. and Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting (Capital OTB) partnered up for the eighth year to give away Thanksgiving meals. The giveaway was in the parking lot of the Clubhouse Racebook in Albany and started at 11 a.m.

“This event continues to grow each year. I wanted this year’s event to include a full meal,” said Roddy Valente, Owner of R.J. Valente Gravel. “With the help of sponsors and generous businesses throughout the Capital Region, we were able to make that happen this year, which adds to the excitement. As always, we thank Capital OTB for their help and support for organizing this event with us. It is with extreme gratitude to our customers and employees that we are able to make this event a success each year.”

The giveaway includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, apple pie, and sangria. 800 turkeys will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis at the event. “We’re very fortunate to have so many people looking to help,” said Stephen Valente, Manager at R.J. Valente Companies.

A drive-thru option will also be available. Turkeys have already been delivered and picked up by some local organizations. Cars started lining up two hours before the event. Others stood outside in line bundled up waiting for their food. “I got here a little earlier than I do every year…It’s a great thing of what they do…because there are a lot of people that don’t have food…so it’s a blessing,” said Albany Resident Clifford Lee Garver.

“If you come here early you’re still going to wait for an hour so I figured I would be first and wait for an hour because I got to go shopping and do other things,” said another Albany Resident Peter Standhart.

“Once again, Roddy Valente and the Valente family are providing Capital Region families with a Thanksgiving meal, including a free turkey, for the 2021 holiday season. Thank you to the Capital OTB Board of Directors for their continued support,” said John Signor, President, Capital OTB. “This year we will be handing out more turkeys than ever before, and, in addition, the first 500 families will receive an apple pie. Thanks also go to our great partners who are contributing to this annual turkey giveaway event, and for their unwavering support to help local families.”

The food items for the meals were donated by All-Star Wine and Spirits, ShopRite, Kenworth, PKS Investments, Arthur Gallagher, Rifenburg Companies, and Capital City Produce.

R.J. Valente Gravel, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business located in Troy and is one of the Capital District’s largest material handlers. Capital OTB is a public benefit corporation representing 16 upstate counties and Schenectady and provides revenues to the racing industry, local governments, and New York.

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