Cory Morrow & Friends “Rock the Red Kettle” for The Salvation Army by Rocking the Crowd to Record-Setting $505,000 to start the Holiday Fundraising Season
Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament Hosted by Joe Ogilvie Added New Element to the Successful Weekend
The third annual Rock the Red Kettle ATX concert presented by KOKE FM and the First Rock the Red Kettle ATX Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament drew more than 800 concert-goers and 75 golfers to produce record-setting fundraising for The Salvation Army. The November 20-21 star-studded weekend, featuring Cory Morrow, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Drew Womack, Walt & Tina Wilkins, Ben Crenshaw, Joe Ogilvie, Kevin Millar, JJ Henry and other notable athletes and musicians brought in more than $505,000 through sponsorships, silent and live auction items and “Paddles Up” donations.
Former PGA golfer Joe Ogilvie hosted the golf tournament at the Omni Barton Creek Crenshaw Cliffside course, and each of the fifteen teams included one celebrity from pro golf, Major League Baseball or the Texas country music scene. Proceeds go directly to The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, which serves Travis and Williamson counties, to help the growing number of local women and children experiencing homelessness who seek emergency shelter and supportive services.
“I cannot begin to express my gratitude and joy for what God has done through this event,” Morrow exclaimed. “With hearts wide open, the people of Austin came together this November and gave like I’ve never seen before! The Salvation Army stole my heart three years ago with what they are doing for local women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Today we stand here stronger than ever because of the miraculous and inspiring support from our community!”
According to Salvation Army Austin Area Command development director Jamille Ruebsahm, more than 70 percent of people in Salvation Army Austin shelters are women and children, and approximately 500 women and children are on a waiting list for emergency shelter on any given day.
Ruebsahm explains, “The Salvation Army has been working to share the reality that there is an invisible crisis of family homelessness in our community. We are grateful for the hundreds who took it upon themselves to make sure we do make a difference. My hope is that we have almost 900 new advocates who will fight for these local women and children.”
Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath Hale, conducted the live auction at the concert at LifeAustin Amphitheatre in West Austin. The innovative live auction packages, coupled with the silent auction brought in $159,000. The enthusiastic crowd created a magical feeling as a large percentage of the audience participated in donating more than $129,000 during the “Paddles Up” portion of the auction which was matched by a generous local donor, demonstrating how a community can come together to make a real difference.
For more information about the events, go to rocktheredkettleatx.org. Now that the event has passed, the site provides the opportunity for local musicians to sign up to perform at Salvation Army Red Kettles around the Austin area. Cory Morrow and other local talent – from high school musicians to individual performance artists – will perform. Musicians are encouraged to sign up by clicking the “Musicians Wanted” tab of the website.
The Salvation Army Austin Area Command also accepts online donations at RocktheRedKettleATX.org or at SalvationArmyAustin.org.
About Cory Morrow
To other than the most avid followers of Texas Country and “Red Dirt” Music, Cory Morrow may be best known for his 2002 award-winning album Outside the Lines, which reached #28 on Billboard’s Country Album chart. The Houston native was ranked #7 among SoundScan’s Country debut artists at age 30, then took time off from a recording career to focus on a path to spirituality rather than one to fame. His newest album, The Good Fight, is his first album since 2010 and was produced with the help of Texas super-producer, Lloyd Maines. Morrow currently resides with his wife and four children in Austin, the city he has called home since 1993. His tour schedule and clips from The Good Fight, as well as other Morrow favorites, can be found at www.corymorrow.com.
About Joe Ogilvie
Joe Ogilvie is a retired American professional golfer who graduated from Duke University. He played on the PGA Tour from 1998 to 2014 and won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in 2007. He also won four tournaments on the Nationwide Tour. Ogilvie is an avid follower of the stock market and owns an investment advisory firm. Ogilvie resides in Austin with his family. He serves on The Salvation Army Austin Advisory Board.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 127 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin/