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The Salvation Army Annual Luncheon Raised $90,000 to Benefit Local Families
57th Annual Civic & Awards Luncheon was held November 19th at Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, OH (November 26, 2013) - The Salvation Army announced today it has raised $90,000 from its Annual Civic & Awards Luncheon, marking the 57th anniversary for this annual event. In addition to the fundraising opportunity, the event provides an opportunity to engage local supporters and business partners to witness the impact of The Salvation Army's local programs and services. The event was held November 19th at Paul Brown Stadium, marking a change in venue for the event, and hosted approximately 450 guests in the stadium's East Club Lounge.
"We're delighted with the support we received from all those who attended," noted Major Tim Lyle, General Secretary at The Salvation Army. "This event is an opportunity to showcase our impact in the community, as well as to raise funds that support our work and mission in the year ahead. We're very grateful to all those who came forward to sponsor and support the event."
Highlights of the 57th Annual Civic & Awards Luncheon included the presentation of The Salvation Army "Others" Award to the Cincinnati Bengals, and the "Community Partner" Award to Turner Construction. Katie Blackburn, Executive Vice President at the Cincinnati Bengals accepted the award on behalf of the organization, which was honored for its community service not only with The Salvation Army but through many other non-profit agencies. Brian Mooney, General Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Turner Construction, which has a decades-long history of support to the local Salvation Army, including both financial and volunteer contributions.
In addition to the awards presentations, Carl Satterwhite, President of RCF Group, shared his personal story of the impact The Salvation Army has had in his life. Additional testimonials were provided, via video, of those impacted by The Salvation Army's programs for youth, seniors, families in need of emergency assistance, the Christmas Adopt-a-Family program and men seeking to overcome addiction issues. Special guests included the Children's Choir from Liberty Bible Academy in Mason, OH, who provided a wonderful presentation of traditional Christmas songs, and closed the event with "Joy to the World," joined by children who attend The Salvation Army's After-school Program.
"It was a great program at this year's Luncheon," stated Matt Pearce, Development Director at The Salvation Army. "We've received tremendous, positive feedback from those in attendance. Unfortunately, we fell about $40,000 short of our funding goal for the event, and are seeking additional contributions to help us close the gap."
Contributions from the event are used to fund myriad local social service programs offered through the local Salvation Army, serving those of all ages. The Salvation Army thanks key sponsors at the event, which included The Kroger Co., Western & Southern Financial Group, the Cincinnati Bengals, Fifth-Third Bank, Dick & Sandy Manteuffel and Turner Construction. The Salvation Army also extends special thanks to WCPO, 9 On Your Side, which provided video production services for the event, as well as to Carol Williams, Channel 9 News anchor, who emceed the event for the second year.
Those interested in making a contribution in support of the Annual Luncheon or any other Salvation Army programs are asked to contact Matt Pearce at 513-762-5600.
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A photo album from The Salvation Army's 57th Annual Civic & Awards Luncheon can be found on our local Facebook page, at this link.