Against the backdrop of the Fabulous Forum, hundreds of families lined up to receive a holiday turkey and trimmings courtesy of Hip Hop icon, Snoop Dogg, the City of Inglewood, and MSG Forum.
The event marks the first time Snoop, the City of Inglewood, and MSG Forum have teamed up for a giveaway of this magnitude, and it was nothing short of a success.
When asked about the day’s event, Mayor James Butts added, “We’re here today, out of the generosity of Snoop Dogg. I always say that Inglewood is rising, but this man, 6 or 7 months ago we talked, and he said, he wants to be part of what we are becoming. This is a time of Thanksgiving, to be thankful for your blessings, and thanks to Snoop, a lot of people will have a great meal.”
Mayor Butts was joined by Councilmembers George Dotson, Eloy Morales, Alex Padilla, and Ralph Franklin. City Manager Artie Fields and other Inglewood officials were also in attendance.
“Hey, I love my city. Inglewood is my new home,” Snoop said. “Happy to see Inglewood rising. Today is about the blessings that I’ve received and me being able to give back to those who may not have the same blessings. So I just wanna make sure that everybody is having a great Thanksgiving, everybody is able to eat, and the City of Inglewood can be proud of each other and proud of us for what we’re trying to do. It’s always about giving with me, I love to give, so even if it wasn’t Thanksgiving, I’m happy to be a part of Inglewood, and being able to give y’all something, so Happy Thanksgiving.”
The community was excited not only to take selfies with the cultural icon and Hip Hop legend, but folks were truly humbled by the gesture that will enable them to have a decent Thanksgiving.
Inglewood Today asked people in the community to talk about what they were most thankful for.
One resident said, “My money was short this year and I was calling my people for money, and I got this flyer from my daughter’s school, so thank you for giving us a turkey, we’re gonna have a good Thanksgiving.”
A District 2 resident said, “First of all, I just wanna thank Snoop Dogg, for his kind donation to Inglewood and this year, I’m thankful for good health and having a family that supports me.”
We caught up with the hosts of the event, MSG Forum, and the Forum’s General Manager Nick Spampanato added, “We at MSG, we’re really happy to be part of this first-year event. We think it’s a great event (with) Snoop, the City, MSG, everybody coming together and giving back to the community. When we first started, we said that our community involvement was paramount. This is another way that we are showing it. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!”
Councilman Eloy Morales said, “The Forum is back, and most importantly, the City of Inglewood is back. This is just one of the examples. I wanna thank Snoop Dogg who came out to the City of Inglewood and gave us part of what he’s about, the Mayor and his leadership, who really put this together. Welcome to the City of Inglewood Snoop, and welcome back, City of Inglewood, we’re on the rise.”
“Today is a picture of Inglewood at its best...community, charity and fellowship. I want to thank Snoop, MSG and the Forum for working with the City to make this a happier Thanksgiving for 800 families,” Mayor Butts said.