Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Leadership Blog: North Texas YET Opening; Annual Luncheon; Angel Tree & Red Kettle Campaign!

Dear Friends,  

Plenty has happened since we last shared information with you!  Here’s the scoop:

The North Texas Youth Education Town (YET) is officially open!  Located at The Salvation Army in Arlington, the YET is the legacy project of Super Bowl XLV, offering programs for youth focused on sports, the arts, technology, and more.

The grand opening on October 14 was conducted as a festive, football-themed pep rally, featuring
North Texas YET Chairman Emmitt Smith (second from left)
aides Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones (Middle)
in cutting the ribbon at the North Texas.
YET Chairman Emmitt Smith, Gene and Jerry Jones, Salvation Army National Advisory Board Chair Charlotte Jones Anderson, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and our National Commander, Commissioner David Jeffery.

Here’s news coverage from the event:


Learn more about the YET at Salvationarmyyet.org.

Annual Luncheon guest Wyonna Judd,
and her husband Cactus Moser,
performing at our annual luncheon in Dallas.
Country music superstar Wynonna Judd headlined this year’s annual luncheon. Blending humorous commentary with toe-tapping music, Wynonna was a hands-down crowd pleaser.
The luncheon served as the kickoff for a year-long celebration during 2014. Former President George W. Bush will serve as honorary co-chair for celebration, along with his wife Laura and Gene and Jerry Jones. 

The goal of the celebration is to provide the next generation of caring donors with experiential ways to join our Doing the Most Good movement.
This year’s luncheon raised more than $2.8 million! These funds will help us continue serving men, women, and children in need in the DFW Metroplex.
We’re thankful for the efforts of luncheon chair, Jan Pickens; underwriting chair, Michal Powell; and table sales chair, Louis Griffeth for planning and raising funds for the luncheon!

Help individuals in need have a
better Christmas. Adopt an Angel Today!
Did you know that more than 300,000 children live in poverty in the DFW Metroplex? As a result, many of their parents cannot afford to buy them Christmas gifts.
Angel Tree also serves as a form of homelessness prevention.  How?  Because without assistance from The Salvation Army, parents can be forced to choose between paying rent and buying Christmas gifts.

Our Angel Trees are located in ten malls. Just select an Angel at one of the locations, shop for the gifts, and bring them back to the same location by December 9. You can also adopt an Angel online at salvationarmydfw.org!

Here’s Amy describing her experience with Angel Tree.


The Red Kettle Campaign being kicked off
during halftime of
the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Game!
Our annual Red Kettle campaign kicked off during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game. Now till Christmas, bell ringers will be all over the Metroplex encouraging North Texans to donate to help the less fortunate.

You can be a virtual bell ringer, thanks to Online Red Kettle! This online service allows you to donate to The Salvation Army, while encouraging your family, friends, and loved ones to do the same.  You also can create your own Online Red Kettle page and set a fundraising goal!

We hope you have a safe remainder of the year! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

Warm regards,

Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
DFW Metroplex Command Leadership

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