New York City. Sept. 8, 2020. Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic is the Jan. 9, 2021, annual banquet organized by the Twenty-Four Karat Club of The City Of New York. This marks the third time in the affair’s 118-year history that it has been canceled.
“The Club’s board looked at a variety of options, including a scaled-back event, but it was clear that canceling it altogether was the only responsible choice,” said Jeffrey Fischer, club chairman, in a media release.
Because so many typically attend the event, the weekend of it grew to be quite special, with multiple organizations hosting meetings and celebrations around it. The Club previously canceled its event in 1918 and 1943 because of World Wars I and II. Its traditional spring and summer events were also canceled this year, and fall membership meetings will be held virtually, two more unfortunate firsts for the Club.
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