Before Obama pardons a turkey for Thanksgiving, Cash Money Records cofounders Bryan “Birdman" Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams will take a more humanitarian approach to the holiday. This Friday, November 20, the brothers celebrate their label’s fourth-annual 2015 Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at Little Haiti Soccer Park in Miami.
The Big Tyme donation includes 1,000 turkeys along with canned goods supplied by Western Union and Little Haiti Optimist Club for Miami's families in need. Always emphasizing family, the event will be sponsored by the Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation, a nonprofit the brothers created to honor their late parents.
Cash Money might be best-known for its New Orleans roots, but after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf ten years ago, the label relocated to Miami and adopted the 305 as its home away from home. Since then, they’ve brought their NOLA traditions and community service to the Magic City.
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Birdman suggests the event is something like a show of gratitude for welcoming the Williams and their band of brothers into the neighborhood. “If you’re blessed, share those blessings," Birdman said via news release. "We learned that from a young age, and that’s what we always try to do. These communities have lifted us up, and this is our chance to lift them up.”
You can catch Birdman, Slim, and other unnamed Cash Money artists in attendance.
Along with a chance to claim a turkey from the stack, attendees can tend to their health from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. United Health will offer medical assessments like heart screenings, HIV tests, and even foot exams. Having trouble reading Grandma’s handwritten stuffing recipe? Come down and get an eye exam. Wondering how much you can safely stuff yourself with next Thursday? Cop a cholesterol test and a blood pressure screen. Volunteers won’t be left out either – Miami's Chef Creole Restaurant will offer 50 free meals to helpers, police officers, and health vendors at the event.
Cash Money Turkey Giveaway. 2:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Little Haiti Soccer Park, 6301 NE Second Ave., Miami.