Allan Industries hosts 2nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Re-Focus clients at Gracie’s

PROVIDENCE, RI – (November 12, 2012) For the second Thanksgiving in a row, Allan Industries will join Gracie’s to proudly welcome approximately 60 clients and staff of Re-Focus, Inc., a Providence-based nonprofit human service agency that serves Rhode Island adults with varying physical and developmental needs.

Since 1972, Re-Focus has enabled persons with developmental disabilities to pursue productive and healthy lives.

“On behalf of the entire Gracie’s team, we’re so honored to spend our Thanksgiving with the wonderful people from Re-Focus,” said Ellen Gracyalny, owner of Gracie’s.  “It creates the most meaningful holiday for everyone involved.”

Allan Industries, sponsor of the dinner, is a national cleaning and maintenance company founded and run by Gracyalny’s parents Paul and Eleanor Gracyalny. The two businesses share an on-going dedication to community engagement.

“We value to opportunity to once again partner with Gracie’s for this special Thanksgiving celebration,” said Paul Gracyalny, founder of Allan Industries, whose regional New England office is located in the Ocean State. “It’s a day of sharing and gratitude which creates lasting memories.”

Again this year, Gracie’s will feature recording artist and performer Stephen Roane of Madison, Connecticut who will donate his time to play solo guitar for the guests while they dine.

We have boundless gratitude to Gracie’s and for the support provided by Allan Industries,” said Re-Focus Executive Director Christine M. Kavanagh, RSM. “Our clients are able to spend Thanksgiving enjoying the most delicious dinner in the best restaurant in Rhode Island.”

Looking back at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner, Sister Kavanagh recalls one particular Re-Focus client who delighted in the dining experience at the restaurant.

“Sadly, she passed away this April. It means everything to know her last Thanksgiving was spent at Gracie’s,” said Sister Kavanagh.

About Gracie’s (

Gracie’s creates inventive dishes using fresh, local and seasonally based ingredients sourced from local farms and producers. Gracie’s also has its own rooftop garden where edible flowers, greens and vegetables flourish and find a special place in many of the dishes. Each night, the Chef’s Tasting Menu is available, as well as a three-course pre-fixed menu, expertly paired with wine selections from around the world.

Throughout the year, guests may enjoy many exciting and rewarding special events including: winemaker dinners, non-profit events, and the Star Chef Series, which brings featured chefs from around the country to collaborate with Chef Matthew Varga, and create a special menu with the Gracie’s team.


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