The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Radiothon on 550 KTSA and its sister stations in the BMP Radio family has set a new record.
As the final tally of $124,104 was announced just before 7 pm Friday on the Sean Rima Show, the phones kept ringing for a grand total of $124,200. That surpasses last year's total of more than $112,000.
The Thanksgiving dinner, the largest of its kind in the United States, feeds about 25,000 needy San Antonians and senior citizens on Thanksgiving Day at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
This is the 34th Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner and the longtime tradition continues with Patricia Jimenez at the helm. She took over the lead when her father passed away several years ago.
"We are very honored as a family that the community comes together to keep the legacy going and to feed all those seniors and needy families, who otherwise, would do without," Jimenez told 550 KTSA.
Walmart came through during the last hour of the radiothon with a $25,000 donation, which helped set a new record.
"I think the Jimenez Dinner really captures the spirit of San Antonio," said Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. "This dinner is aligned with what we do to fight hunger across the country."