Community Christmas Dinner

Area icon, Audrey Allmon and her band, Country Connection, performed for the Community Christmas Dinner, as they do every year. Shown from left to right are Audrey (seated), Linda Filner, Ray Cassity, and Larry Houser (foreground). Enlargephoto

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Area icon, Audrey Allmon and her band, Country Connection, performed for the Community Christmas Dinner, as they do every year. Shown from left to right are Audrey (seated), Linda Filner, Ray Cassity, and Larry Houser (foreground).

The Cortez Annual Christmas Dinner, held on Christmas Day, served and delivered over 500 meals. Many volunteers cooked and served food, Audrey Allmon and her band provided festive music, and Santa Claus took a much-needed break from delivering presents to hang out with attendees at the dinner.

Organizer Karen and John Sheek pause for a short breather during preparation for the big event. Enlargephoto

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Organizer Karen and John Sheek pause for a short breather during preparation for the big event.

Santa Claus (Wayne Brown) enjoys a moment with a happy attendee while the band, Country Connection plays in the background. Enlargephoto

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Santa Claus (Wayne Brown) enjoys a moment with a happy attendee while the band, Country Connection plays in the background.

Santa stands with volunteer Francesca Toms at the Community Christmas Dinner. Enlargephoto

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Santa stands with volunteer Francesca Toms at the Community Christmas Dinner.

Four children stand with Santa and show off a gingerbread house made for decor at the dinner. Enlargephoto

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Four children stand with Santa and show off a gingerbread house made for decor at the dinner.

Volunteer Bob Becker serves pie to a dinner attendee. Enlargephoto

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Volunteer Bob Becker serves pie to a dinner attendee.

Volunteers Debbie Keel, left, and Nikki Gillespie, mix mashed potatoes in preparation for the big dinner. Enlargephoto

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Volunteers Debbie Keel, left, and Nikki Gillespie, mix mashed potatoes in preparation for the big dinner.