Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  12 responses

Dorell Wright Saved Oakland’s Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless

Due to city budget cuts, the annual free Thanksgiving meal for Oakland’s homeless and underprivileged was in danger of getting canceled this year. That is, until Dorell Wright stepped in. Yahoo! Sports has the details: “About two months before the event’s 20th anniversary, [Susan] Shelton – who is Oakland’s manager of community housing services – learned the city had raised barely a quarter of the $40,000 needed to put on the meal. Officials were on the brink of announcing the event would be canceled and replaced by a turkey giveaway. As it turned out, Shelton didn’t need to worry. On Tuesday, the city helped feed an estimated 2,100 people an early Thanksgiving dinner thanks to an unexpected benefactor: Golden Warriors forward Dorell Wright. After a generous donation from Wright, the event went on as planned. ‘I’m grateful for Dorell,’ said Shelton, who has been involved with the dinner for 12 years. ‘We weren’t going to do it this year. We didn’t even have the money. I don’t even know how he heard about it. And he came in and he said, ‘We are going to do this thing,’ and he did. ‘He gave a great deal, and it was through Dorell’s efforts that we were able to put this on. This is an event that is in the fabric of Oakland. I don’t want to be dramatic, but for me it would have been devastating not to be able to do this for our seniors and our homeless.’ Around the end of October, Wright and his longtime girlfriend, Mia Lee, initially decided they would use his D Wright Way Foundation to donate turkeys in Oakland during Thanksgiving week with the help of a local group. After searching on the Internet, Lee found Oakland’s Hunger Program, which leads the city’s annual turkey dinner. She told Wright about the funding problems, and he agreed to help. A coat drive that brought in 2,000 jackets was added to the project. ‘There was no hesitation,’ Wright said. ‘All these families have been dependant on these dinners.’”

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  • EtheKnickFan

    D Wright— THATS WHATS UP! No other comments? What? We only comment when the story is about a player going broke? Again, D Wright, Awesome job.

  • Jarmal

    way to step up as a person D Wright

  • CubicleWorker

    Classy move, this is the type of stuff we need to see more of.


    and there won’t be many more knicksfan cause people in general are interested in bad news not when someone saves the day. it’s a great thing Wright did. sidenote we can still use his 3p shot in Miami

  • LA Huey

    Co-sign all of the above

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    good stuff dorell. e, i think there aren’t many comments cuz it’s the holidays. not many people at work in the office right now

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  • red

    I guess I don’t speak for the public, but I would say that I’m typically not interested in bad news in general, @Mubwar. Things like this remind you that there are good people out there. Very admirable Dorell.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Just Wright.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Dorell Wright is the man. Good stuff.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist.” – Helder Camara

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Great read, but how will they proceed in the future?
    Can’t always rely on a hero to step in last minute…