It's the first annual Salvation Army Dinner, but it celebrates a service organization that has been around for decades.
In an effort to raise funds to aide homeless youth in our community, the Salvation Army brought Hoppy Kercheval from Metro News' TALKLINE to their first annual fund-raising dinner.
Tickets were $90 apiece and tax deductible.
As part of their annual meeting, the army commander recognized lead fundraisers, corporate sponsors and named the volunteer of the year-- George "Pete" Bailey-- with over 27 years of dedicated service and more than 4000 hours donated.
Mr. Kercheval's speech celebrated those volunteers and saluted their efforts.
"I know the history of the Salvation Army going back to the mid-19th Century," says Hoppy Kercheval. "I know that the outstanding work that they do, not just with the kettles at Christmas time, but day in and day out and they really need to be saluted and they need community support."
The Salvation Army raised almost 1.5 million dollars for programs last year.
Among new programs this year is their youth program.
The Salvation Army provides service all year long, in addition to the more than 5000 holiday dinners that they provided this year alone.