Dayton Discontinues Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dayton, Ohio (AP) -- Organizers say they are discontinuing the annual Beerman Thanksgiving dinner in Dayton after a 40-year run.

The Dayton tradition had drawn thousands of homeless, needy and lonely people to the Dayton Convention Center.

More than 200,000 turkey dinners were served at the dinners over the years.

Beerman foundation president William Weprin said Thursday that the group wants to instead focus its efforts on programs covering broader areas with year-round benefits.

The first dinner was held in 1968 as a show of appreciation for the community support of Arthur Beerman, founder of Elder-Beerman stores, as he recovered from a heart attack.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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