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By Nathan Pace
University of Indianapolis women’s basketball players shared stories Thursday with residents of Bethany Village Assisted Living and served Thanksgiving dinner.
“Glad to see the UIndy basketball team here,” Dana Huffman of Bethany Village said. “Actually, taking the time to meet and having a conversation with them.”
While the women’s basketball team has taken part in previous community events, celebrating Thanksgiving with the elderly at Bethany Village proved to be rewarding.
“We are just really thankful for the opportunity,” UIndy’s Taylor Drury said. “It’s always nice to serve people and put a smile on their face.”
Senior Emma Benoit, who is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds early in the season, served pumpkin pie, cleaned up tables and met residents.
“It’s nice getting to know all of them,” Benoit said. “They are all so sweet to us and ask about our days and everything.”
Senior 5-9 guard Mickey Sasson is from Israel, as she has enjoyed learning about Thanksgiving traditions with her teammates.
“Families come together and sit around the table,” Sasson said. “I’ve heard you watch a lot of football on Thanksgiving. This is my third Thanksgiving ever.”
Sasson enjoyed hearing stories and comments from the attendees at the dinner.
“I love listening to people; hearing their stories and just chit-chatting. My favorite story is who is their favorite grandchild. That was funny,” Sasson said.
Her sister Shira is a 5-10 junior guard on the Greyhounds team.
Huffman said the Thanksgiving dinner was held two weeks before the actual holiday so families can relax and not feel pressured with holiday preparations. She hopes the UIndy players will be back next year.
Bethany Village is at 3530 S. Shelby St. The Greyhounds also are successful on the court, having opened with three straight wins.
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The inaugural Purses for Paws event was held Nov. 12 on the Southside at Primo Banquet and Conference Center. Funds were raised for the Indy Humane Society by patrons with bingo games with prizes that included designer purses and wine bags, all donated. Sponsorships and raffles also added to the funds raised at the Southside event.
Bonnie Gallivan, spokesperson for the Indy Humane Society, said, “This is just a wonderful organization that tries to find homes for homeless animals. We take them in and spay and neuter. We vaccinate them and we find them great homes. That is the point.”