Presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, Dinner and Dance Benefited The Salvation Army

GEORGETOWN, TX (August 30, 2016) – Almost 300 people were in attendance at Williamson County Giving Back, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Sun City Ballroom, a fundraising event benefiting The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center. Presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, the event was emceed by Williamson County resident and CBS AUSTIN Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler and included dinner, live music, and dancing.

With the help of the Williamson County community, The Salvation Army surpassed the initial fundraising goal of $20,000 and was able to raise more than $25,000 to support local families in need. Laura Spradlin, the Director of The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center expressed her gratitude toward the community and stated, “The event is so important – not only because it raised critical funding for the Service Center – but also because it dramatically increased the community’s awareness about the presence of homelessness in Williamson County and the way The Salvation Army provides vital resources to help people get back on their feet again.”

On Sunday night, dancers from the newly opened Arthur Murray dance studio in Georgetown opened the dancing with a Fox Trot a Lindy Hop followed by a “Twist Off” competition where about 100 members of the crowd competed for a chance to win prize baskets. Prominent Georgetown citizen, Ron Swain won the dance competition. Windler entertained the crowd and shared stories of the impact of The Salvation Army in the community. Dinner was provided by Double Sky Catering . The night came to an end after an hour of jazz, swing, and big band music by Not Past 11. Williamson County Giving Back was featured on the CBS AUSTIN ten o’clock news.

The Service Center, located in Georgetown at 1930 S. Austin Avenue, offers financial assistance, food and clothing to Williamson County families. Since its opening two years ago, The Center’s mission is to prevent homelessness by helping families move from struggle to self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army also provides a summer camp for kids, nursing home ministry, and community outreach to a disadvantaged neighborhood.

To learn more about helping The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center visit The Salvation Army’s website at SalvationArmyAustin.org, email AustinDevelopment@uss.salvationarmy.org, or call 512-634-5902.

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.