After organizers of the Red Andrews Christmas dinner announced the decades-old event would not happen this year, a family member says he has decided to keep the tradition going.
The event will continue as usual at the Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City attorney Larry Cassil said Tuesday. Cassil is a nephew of the late Red Andrews.
Friday, Bob McCord said there wouldn't be a 2012 dinner.
McCord, who took over the dinner two years ago after his mother, Betty McCord, no longer could manage it because of health problems, said his own health problems prevented him from putting on the event.
Since the 1940s, the event has served people in need, providing a hot meal and toys for children. About 6,000 people attended the 2011 event.
“What we want to do is continue with the dinner,” Cassil said Tuesday.
Betty McCord, niece of Red Andrews, is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and has not been able to help with the event in recent years, Cassil said. She worked on the event for several decades and helped coordinate more than 1,000 volunteers annually.
Bob McCord said he is happy other family members have come forward to continue the Oklahoma City tradition.
“I'm happy to see it (dinner) is going on this year, and I am happy to see they have stepped up to take the dinner over,” he said.
McCord said he had hoped someone would take over the dinner when his own health began to fail this year.
“I never wanted the dinner to end,” Bob McCord said.