FRAMINGHAM – For 29 years, Mark and Karen Curtis have hosted an annual Thanksgiving dinner in Framingham.
In anticipation of each dinner, fundriasing takes place to off set the costs.
This year, a man launched two Facebook pages asking for money and donations for the Curtis Family Thanksgiving, but was not affliated with the event, said Diane Lynch, director of operations for the Curtis Family Thanksgiving.
Both Facebook pages have since been taken down, said Lynch.
Framingham Police were contacted, said Karen Curtis.
Both pages had the “Curtis” name on them, said Lynch.
The man did not have the permission of Mark and Karen Curtis to solicit on their behalf, said Lynch.
“He is not affiliated or authorized in any way to do anything on behalf of Curtis Thanksgiving. I am the only person authorized to speak on Curtis Thanksgiving other than Mark and Karen,” said Lynch.
“Mark had told him to return any money he had collected to the people who gave it to him. We do not know if he has done so,” said Lynch.
Karen and Mark have “worked selflessly for 29 years at great personal expense,” said Lynch. She said their only goal over the year was to “feed people and be sure no one is alone on Thanksgiving.”
The 29th Annual Curtis Family Thanksgiving will take place on Thursday on Thursday at Eagles Hall from noon to 6 p.m. Anyone who is alone on Thanksgiving, Veterans, or those in need are welcome to stop by for a free Thanksgiving dinner during the 6-hour period. No questions asked.