Free Food To Hartford DPW Courtesy of Art Murray!

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dancingOn-the-job  city public works crews and those clearing city streets Saturday got an unexpected bonus Saturday evening.

Dinner at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

The Arthur Murray Studios had an employee appreciation night planned Saturday evening for 126 people  at the hotel located next to the Connecticut Convention Center. When organizers decided to cancel it Saturday  morning, they learned the hotel had a “no refund” policy for such a late decision on the paid dinners.

So the dance studio staff went to work finding someone who could enjoy the food rather than having it wasted.

But there was a catch. The banquet meals  had to be eaten at the hotel. The food  could not be transported to another location.

“We called around to different homeless shelters but they couldn’t allow clients to walk to the Marriott for the dinner,” said Jonathan Stangel, regional assistant chairman for Arthur Murray Dance Studio.  “We were finally able to contact the city and make arrangements for the public works crews that had been out for so long plowing to eat dinner and were so glad to find someone who could appreciate the food.”

Stangel said  the hotel was “dumbfounded” that there would be diners after all, especially because at the point, there was still a driving ban in effect.

“I told them we had drivers who had special permission to be on the road,” Stangel said laughing. “It really did turn into a nice donation to people who deserved it.”

Dinner will be available  during a shift break from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to Mayor Pedro Segarra’s office,  the majority of those who will get a hot meal were held overnight and have worked a 12-to-16 hour shift.

“The City is grateful and this certainly demonstrates how we are in this
together,” said a spokesperson for the mayor.

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One thought on “Free Food To Hartford DPW Courtesy of Art Murray!

  1. Tom A.

    According to this article, the staff at Hartford homeless shelters were not allowing people to leave? That’s illegal. Perhaps this could have been better stated in this article. AND the hotel could have let the food be taken to a shelter in this one incidence. The hotel ends up looking like the bad guys here, and the homeless people missed out on what was probably a really good meal.

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