The Turkey Toss is a longstanding Vanderbilt University holiday tradition formerly called Holiday Gift Giveaway. Senior leaders hand out turkeys, tofurkeys, or non-food gifts to employees, and are often accompanied by special guests like Santa. The Turkey Toss is an all day effort starting at 6 a.m. and going until midnight to insure everyone who attends leaves with a turkey. Over 12,000 turkeys will be given out at the 2017 Turkey Toss along with 3,000 exclusive Vanderbilt oven mitts.
Vanderbilt University’s 2017 Turkey Toss is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15, 6 a.m. - midnight at Langford Auditorium Lobby. Employees can choose one of three options: turkey, tofurkey, or Vanderbilt oven mitt (limited quantities).
You must check in and show your Vanderbilt University ID card before picking your gift. Gifts are available on a first come, first served basis, so come early to ensure best selection.
Transportation and Parking
Special Turkey Toss Event Shuttles will run between Medical Center North and Kirkland Hall from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and between Medical Center North and 25th Avenue Garage from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Open parking will be available in the 25th Avenue garage from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Garland Avenue between 24th Avenue and the Round Wing will be closed to all vehicles except for patient access, mobility-impaired employees and shuttles. If you are being dropped off or picked up, please use the shuttle stop on Medical Center Drive.
Check out the 2016 Turkey Toss here.