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A Chris Casad feast and other ways to give thanks

The late Chris Casad was known for his integrity and dedication to justice.
A Kitsap County deputy prosecutor and member of the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard, Casad died a year ago of a sudden illness while visiting his daughter in Albania.
The South Kitsap Kiwanis Breakfast Club and the Family Inn at Manchester will host a Chris Casad Feast, open to people in need who would appreciate a complete Thanksgiving dinner and good company.
The celebration begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the restaurant, 2386 Colchester Drive in Manchester. The restaurant is closed to the general public during the feast, and no alcohol will be served at the event.
Organizers of the Chris Casad feast have put out the word among social service agencies. Transportation is available for those who need it.
Upon Casad’s untimely death, members of the prosecutor’s office and law enforcement praised Casad for his compassion and work ethic.

“Work was his life, but he really thrived on it,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer. “If Chris said it, his word was gold.”
According to Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge, Casad was responsible for many innovations at the office, including improved relations and better training with law enforcement, and record-keeping.”
Steve Horn, a friend of Casad’s, said, in a press release, that honoring his memory through such a celebration is fitting, because Casad dedicated his life to helping others.
“In this day and age, it is a challenge to find people who put the needs of others in front of their own,” Horn said. “Chris did, and this feast is for those of us who are less fortunate and is a small way to thank and honor him for his philanthropy.”
Sissy and Doug Holme, owners of the Family Inn, also knew Casad, a Manchester resident and frequent guest at their restaurant.
“Doug and I want to thank the club for their continued generous financial and personal support to this endeavor. We miss Chris so much,” they said.
Apparently Casad was a fan of the band America. A line from one of their songs goes, “This is for all the lonely people, thinking that life has passed them by.” That is the motto of the event.
Also helping with the feast are South Kitsap Helpline, the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition, Kitsap Transit and local churches.
For information on the feast, call the restaurant at (360) 871-8199.

MoonDogs Too in Port Orchard will once again host a Thanksgiving dinner, open to the general public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price is $1. That’s right, ten thin dimes will do, but if you’re inclined to do more, donations of cash and food will go to South Kitsap Helpline.
MoonDogs owner Darryl Baldwin has made this a much beloved tradition in downtown Port Orchard.
I once asked him if he ever missed having a Thanksgiving at home with his feet up. He said no, because the people who come to the restaurant are “my family.”
The restaurant is at 714 Bay St. For information, call (360) 895-2300

And one other neat tidbit about local restaurants and Thanksgiving: The Boat Shed has been inviting customers to write what they are thankful for on slips of paper. The papers have been made into a chain that stretches nearly around the whole restaurant.
Owner Kathy Hayfield said that after making a paper declaration of thanks for her family, she added another for the opening of the new Manette Bridge.
Hayfield looks forward to the completion of work, which includes demolishing the old bridge, so that life can really get back to normal in Manette … well, as normal as Manette gets, anyway.
Just kidding Manette, you rock.
The Boat Shed is at 101 Shore Drive (98310), (360) 377-2600.