"'Daddy Bruce' Randolph is to Thanksgiving in Denver as Santa Claus is to Christmas," the Rocky Mountain News declared in a 1992 article about his annual free dinner for the city's needy.
Randolph, a restaurateur, died in 1994. The dinner has lived on, feeding more than 8,000 families last year. But this year's event is in jeopardy, the Denver Post reports, after a major corporate sponsor dropped out. Organizers have raised only $25,000 of the $275,000 they need.
"There have been a number of times when the money hasn't been there," the Rev. King Harris, who organizes the distribution, told the Post. "This isn't the first time, but this is the first time it's been this dire."
Donations can be made at epworthfoundation.org.