The fun continues the next day with the first Rock the Red Kettle ATX Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament
Cory Morrow will be performing a special concert with several of his headlining friends in his continued fundraising efforts for The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, which serves Travis and Williamson counties. Presented by KOKE FM, the third annual Rock the Red Kettle ATX will be held Sunday, November 20 at the beautiful LifeAustin Amphitheatre in Austin, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. New this year is the Rock the Red Kettle ATX Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament to be held the next day, Monday November 21, hosted by former PGA tour professional, Joe Ogilvie. Joe and other celebrities from the PGA, professional sports and t he Texas country music scene will join each team for the tournament
Both the concert and the golf tournament will benefit the growing number of local women and children experiencing homelessness who seek emergency shelter and support services from The Salvation Army, which ultimately helps them move beyond their immediate crises toward self-sufficiency.
According to Salvation Army Austin Area Commander, Major Andrew Kelly, more than 70 percent of people in Salvation Army shelters are women and children, and more than 500 women and children are on a waiting list for emergency shelter on any given day.
“No other organization shelters more women and children in the Austin area than The Salvation Army,” said Kelly. “We provide the immediate support these families need in the form of shelter and food, and then we help them move from their crisis toward self-sufficiency.”
Understanding that the organization provides this additional assistance is what inspired Morrow and Ogilvie to partner with The Salvation Army.
“Their mission mirrors what I believe,” said Morrow. “They meet immediate needs, but then go beyond that, sometimes interacting with families for more than a year to help with finances, job searches, child care and counseling. We’re the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ with a lot of talent. We should be doing what we can to help our neighbors in need. When you donate to The Salvation Army, it stays local, helping our neighbors.”
“When I retired from professional golf,” said Ogilvie, “The Salvation Army was the first organization I got involved with. I was impressed by how many people The Salvation Army reaches. They are helping a part of Austin’s population who needs it most – those people who are trying to get their lives back together. The golf tournament is a great way to spend five hours with friends, business associates and coworkers and help do good at the same time. To get involved with it in year one is a great opportunity.”
Sponsorships are still available and all concert and golf proceeds go directly to The Salvation Army, which directs 83 cents of every dollar donated to services for those in greatest need in Travis and Williamson counties. Individuals can also support the mission through concert ticket purchases, opportunities to interact with the performers and autographed items such as guitars. The concert will feature a silent and live auction. Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers will provide food on site, and Moonshine Sweet Tea will be the exclusive tea sponsor for both events.
For more information about the two day event, go to rocktheredkettleatx.org. The site will be updated throughout The Salvation Army’s 2016 holiday season with additional performances at red kettles in the community, featuring Morrow and other local talent – from high school musicians to individual performance artists.
The Salvation Army Austin Area Command also accepts online donations 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 126 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/