MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS, including forward Marcus Camby (right), greet community members at St. Joseph Center’s “Teamwork at the Table” November 21st in Venice. (Argonaut photo by T.W. Brown)

The St. Joseph Center in Venice distributed turkeys and food baskets with members of the Los Angeles Clippers to low-income community members days before serving a Thanksgiving meal to homeless individuals as part of the center’s annual “Teamwork at the Table” event.

The festive event began at St. Joseph Center Saturday, November 21st, when Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy and players including Baron Davis, Marcus Camby, Al Thornton and Ricky Davis helped distribute 350 Thanksgiving turkeys and food baskets courtesy of Ralphs Grocery Company to the center’s low-income community members of Santa Monica and Venice.

In addition to food items, new and gently used clothing, shoes and books were available for clients to take home.

The event is made possible through the combined efforts of the Clippers’ families, their fans and the Los Angeles Clippers Foundation, as well as Ralphs/Food 4 Less, according to St. Joseph Center. The Clippers have partnered with the center for “Teamwork at the Table” for over 20 years.

The event is held to ensure that the social service agency’s low-income clients and families of all sizes have a festive Thanksgiving holiday that is free of hunger, center officials said.

In addition to the turkey distribution, members of the Clippers’ front office staff volunteered to serve warm, nutritious Thanksgiving meals to homeless individuals at the St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café Tuesday, November 24th.

Va Lecia Adams, St. Joseph Center executive director, said the Clippers provide inspiration and hope to homeless clients for whom this special holiday meal is always a highlight.

The Clippers organization continues to provide support throughout the year, offering the center’s clients opportunities for fun family outings with complimentary game tickets, Adams said.