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Pacers give back on off day with "Come to Our House" dinner

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The Pacers hosted their annual Thanksgiving dinner to feed local men, women and children in need.

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

After preparing to play the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pacers spent Friday afternoon hosting more than 700 men, women and children from local homeless shelters in the annual "Come to Our House" Thanksgiving dinner.

Rodney and Heidi Stuckey served as the official hosts of the event, taking the torch from David and Lesley West to welcome those in need for an afternoon of great food and conversation at the Entry Pavilion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Eddie White captured the spirit of the event which not only included all of the traditional food favorites for any Thanksgiving meal, but also some additional benefits for all of the guests, including IU Health flu shots, photo booths, a balloon artist, a face painter and caricaturist for the kids. On the way out the door, guests received a Pacers hat, a Fever scarf, gloves, Finish Line socks, McDonald's coupons and a variety of cold-weather items.

"This is easily my favorite community event we do each year," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "Providing a nice warm meal for these folks is always very rewarding."

Nice to see the Pacers continue to be as productive off the court as they have been on of late.