Doing The Most Good Luncheon to Honor Local Philanthropist and Leader Dwight Thompson
Luncheon will also showcase Salvation Army success story through art, music and live performance
AUSTIN, TX – The Salvation Army will honor local philanthropist and leader, Dwight Thompson, at its Doing The Most Good Luncheon May 3 with the Doing The Most Good Award in recognition of his numerous contributions to the organization and the Austin community. The luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott in Austin from 11:30 to 1:00 CDT with tickets available for sale to the public through The Salvation Army.
As the chair of The Salvation Army Advisory Board for the past three years, Thompson was instrumental in the success of The Salvation Army’s capital campaign to fund four greatly needed projects including a new shelter for women and children, a new women’s facility at the Adult Rehabilitation Center, a new Corps Community Center including new administrative offices, and a renovation of the Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center. These capital projects will help address the increasing need for shelter and rehabilitation services, especially for the growing population of women and children experiencing homelessness in the Austin area. The Salvation Army will make a special announcement at the luncheon regarding the $17 million campaign.
“Dwight Thompson has led The Salvation Army Advisory Board through our first capital campaign in more than 25 years,” according to The Salvation Army Area Commander, Major Andrew Kelly. “His tireless work has helped ensure the tremendous success of the campaign so that these greatly needed projects come to life for a growing number of families who have been shut out of the economic prosperity of our beautiful city. Through Dwight’s dedicated leadership, we are much closer to helping these families move from crisis to self-sufficiency.”
This work, combined with Thompson’s widespread leadership and philanthropy throughout the Austin area, has also earned him several awards in the Austin community, including Westlake Citizen of the Year.
According to Thompson, “Every time I am around the Salvation Army, whatever we are doing, the Army lifts my heart and makes me feel that I can make a difference in the life of another person. The Salvation Army is about hope and good will toward every human being. What can make you feel better than that?”
Chaired by Thresa Nasi and Allison Angell, and emceed by Bob Cole of KOKE FM, the luncheon will also feature a story driven multi-media production by Ramy Antoun, founder of Creative Arts Group and a former drummer for Seal and the Black Eyed Peas. The story will feature the life of former Salvation Army client and resident, Roxanne Strong, who recovered from a life of desperate addiction and homelessness through the help of The Salvation Army. Roxanne’s addictions had completely alienated her from her family, but as she says, she “caught her blessing” and has reclaimed her life and her family. She now works for The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter, encouraging people as she was once encouraged. Luncheon guests will also be treated to a performance by the world-renowned Harbor Light Choir.
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 128 years in the Austin area. Locally 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/