Dade Medical College to donate 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys

MIAMI, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- This November, Dade Medical College (DMC) will purchase 1,000 turkeys to be donated before Thanksgiving Day to families in need.

Two hundred and fifty of the turkeys will be delivered to Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman, who will be on hand to help distribute them to Homestead area food banks and charity organizations. To ensure that these families have a full Thanksgiving meal, Mayor Bateman is also overseeing the collection of additional side items to complete the traditional holiday dinners. Mayor Bateman's turkeys will be presented to him on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Homestead Community Center (1601 N. Krome Ave.). Exact time is to be determined.

Two hundred and fifty turkeys will be handed off to Congressman Joe Garcia at Second Baptist Church (11111 Pinkston Dr.) on Friday, Nov. 16 as well, and he will distribute them amongst the Richmond Heights community. Exact time is to be determined.

The last 500 turkeys will be donated to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who has been personally delivering turkeys, in a grassroots effort, to individuals' homes since Nov. 1. Between our donation and his, Regalado will – for the third consecutive year – hand-deliver 1,000 turkeys to the homes of families in need. Families are referred to Regalado's satellite offices throughout the city by local churches and organizations, and his staff has worked tirelessly to verify which individuals the turkeys should go to. Regalado and his staff will be presented with the turkeys on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at a public housing complex (536 SW 5th Ave) in Little Havana. The remaining turkeys will go to other low-income families in the area. Regalado will also host a tree-lighting ceremony shortly after Thanksgiving and invite all the families who received turkeys to participate.

Vice President of Community and Governmental Relations, Liz Martinez, said, "As a community representative for our organization, I see the day-to-day struggles many folks in our neighborhoods encounter and we are humbled to be able to provide this small comfort to some. This is the time of year when friends and family come together to celebrate each other and it's heartwarming to know that we play a small role in making that happen for them."

About Dade Medical College

With over 400 full-time employees staffing Dade Medical College's six Florida campuses and corporate office, the school features a fully-licensed and certified faculty whose commitment to excellence in education are unmatched by other area colleges and institutions.  A majority of the faculty and administrative staff originates locally, with many having been educated at other prestigious local and national institutions.  The college offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing and Associate of Science degrees in other programs such as radiology, diagnostic cardiac sonography, medical billing and coding and more. Classes start every four weeks. Online course offerings also available.

Dade Medical College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (Miami and Hollywood Campuses) and is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Dade Medical College has also been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and the Florida Board of Massage and is a member of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges and the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association.

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Media Contact: Elizabeth Martinez Dade Medical College, 786-374-4997,

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