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41st Annual Alumni
Holiday Turkey Project

Celebrate tradition and spread holiday cheer!

For over four decades, Drexel alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends have provided holiday turkeys to the families in need who live within the University's West Philadelphia neighborhood and to those served by Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Center in North Philadelphia.

Continue this Drexel tradition by making a gift to support the Turkey Project and volunteering with us at the Paul Peck Alumni Center on Thursday, Dec. 18 to help distribute the turkeys and see first-hand the impact the Project has on the community.

For more information about turkey distribution day on Dec. 18 and to register to join us, click here.


Make a Donation and Make An Impact

Our goal is to raise $25,000 in support of the Turkey Project and the 1,000+ families it serves. In order to reach this ambitious goal, we need your help!

Donations in all amounts are graciously accepted, but in honor of the Turkey Project's 41st anniversary, alumni are encouraged to make a gift of $41 (or more!), which would provide a turkey dinner to at least two local families. Your generous donation will help make this year's Turkey Project the best one yet!

Instructions on how you can make your donation online or by check are below:

Make Your Gift Online!

Mail a Check! Checks made payable to Drexel University may be mailed to the address below. Please note "Alumni Turkey Project" on the memo line.

Drexel University
Turkey Project
P.O. Box 8215
Philadelphia, PA 19101-9684

41st Annual Alumni Holiday
Turkey Project Fundraising Goal

Anniversary Goal:
$25,000
How We're Doing:
80% of Goal

As of 12/17/14


41st Anniversary
T-shirt Giveaway!

We're saying thanks by giving a free Turkey Project T-shirt to the first 41 alumni to donate $41 or more!

Open an account at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and support the Turkey Project!

Franklin Mint Logo

Mention the Drexel University Turkey Project and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union will donate one turkey for every new member. Join today!

Turkey Project Photos

The Turkey Project has been around for more than four decades and it is the longest-standing holiday tradition at Drexel. Take a moment to check out photos from Turkey Projects past and then register to join us this year for turkey distribution day on Thursday, Dec. 18!

Turkey Project Photo Gallery


40th Annual Alumni
Holiday Turkey Project

The Drexel University Alumni Association's Alumni Holiday Turkey Project had a lot to celebrate this year!

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the Project which was established in the 1970's by a group of Drexel graduates known as the Alumnae Planning Board. As it was then, and still is today, the purpose of the Turkey Project is to spread the warmth of the holiday season with Drexel’s neighbors by providing families in-need with turkeys.

In honor of the 40th anniversary, a lofty goal to raise $20,000 for the Project was set, and the response to the Alumni Association's call for donations was incredible! With contributions from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University, we actually raised more than $20,000 and collected the highest amount ever raised in a single year for the Turkey Project!

The generous donations allowed the Alumni Association to purchase 1,030 frozen turkeys for Drexel's West Philadelphia neighbors and those served by Drexel's 11th Street Family Health Services Center in North Philadelphia.

Friday, Dec. 20 was turkey distribution day, the day that volunteers unload all of the frozen turkeys along Market Street and distribute them to the community organizations who then give them to the families. This year, the Alumni Association welcomed 118 alumni, faculty and staff volunteers to the Paul Peck Alumni Center for turkey distribution. It was a festive morning, celebrating this long-standing holiday tradition!

"My thanks go to the Alumni Association for providing alumni the opportunity to give to the community and to be a part of the giving," said Helene Engel '90. "It was a great experience being there to help with the turkey distribution."

Long-time Turkey Project supporter and Drexel graduate Fred Ulmer '57 said, "I've been volunteering with the Turkey Project for the past 20 years. My favorite part is the camaraderie of the large group that comes together to help. The list of people who need our turkeys goes on and on and these folks are Drexel's neighbors, so as an alumnus this is something I'm happy to do."

Representatives from 33 community organizations came to the Paul Peck Alumni Center throughout the morning to pick up their turkeys. Many expressed their gratitude to the Alumni Association and to those who have supported the Turkey Project throughout the years.

"I wish to convey my heartfelt thanks to my alma mater, Drexel University, for the work that you continue to do through the Drexel Alumni Turkey Project to help alleviate hunger," said Reverend Carlton E. Rodgers '77, pastor of Tabernacle Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia. "Our church has been a recipient of turkeys for the past three years, and we have been able to assist more than 75 families with a holiday dinner basket as a result."

Reverend Rodger's sentiments were echoed by Shirley Pickens, youth and outreach coordinator for the 18th District Community Town Watch. "Our organization has participated in the Turkey Project for many years and the community has greatly benefited by your generosity," said Pickens. "Each year the need of the families in our community has grown and we have been blessed with your help, to be able to provide a small token of true holiday cheer. As one of our community members said when we gave him his turkey, 'Thank God someone remembered me.'"

And finally, a word of thanks from Bishop Andrew J. Ford, II, presiding bishop and senior pastor at Ford Memorial Temple, Inc. "The Alumni Holiday Turkey Project has partnered with us over the past five years to provide a great holiday meal for some of the families and seniors in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia," said Bishop Ford. "Our food pantry along with the donations from the Turkey Project feed 50 families during the holiday season. The needs of our communities are great and it's a blessing to know that we've had the Alumni Association's support throughout the years."

"Through the Turkey Project, the Alumni Association has been privileged to serve its Philadelphia neighbors for the past four decades," said Cristina Geso, associate vice president of Alumni Relations. "Thank you to everyone who supported the Turkey Project this year. Whether you made a donation, or helped to distribute turkeys to the community organizations, your generosity was appreciated by many."


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