Taking a look back at the Bandera Family Christmas Dinner, 30 years in the making

first_img(WBNG) — As the Bandera Family Christmas Dinner prepares to celebrate 30 years serving the community next week, 12 News is taking a look back at the event’s history. Organizer Bill Bandera explained Friday, his parents, Carolyn and Bill Bandera, started the dinner back in 1989. Then, the dinner served about 70 people. Shortly after this milestone, however, Bandera’s father passed away. Bandera said he’s working on a new dinner location in Oneonta for next year. Bandera said he never imagined the event would become what it is today, but before he knew it, the team was celebrating 20 years. After spending some time with his mom, however, and seeing just how impactful the event was on the community, Bandera had a change of heart.center_img The next ten years flew by, and the event now serves meals in Binghamton, Endicott and Norwich. “I honestly believed it was over,” he said. “My parents just were like ‘hey you know let’s give back to the community,’ I remember that conversation, ‘let’s do something for the people in this city because we can,'” he described. If you’d like to volunteer for this year’s dinner or sign up for a home delivered meal, visit the event’s website here.last_img

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