Dinner, Music and Dancing to raise $20,000 for services to Williamson County families
GEORGETOWN, TX (July 11, 2016) – The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center will be the beneficiary of Williamson County Giving Back, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Sun City Ballroom, with a goal of raising $20,000 to support local families in need. Presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, the event will be emceed by KEYE TV Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler and will include dinner, music and dancing featuring jazz, swing and big band music by Not Past 11. Tickets are available to purchase through The Salvation Army.
Opened in 2014, the Service Center, located in Georgetown at 1930 S. Austin Avenue, provides financial assistance, food and clothing to Williamson County families who are living in the first stages of financial crisis. The Center’s goal is to prevent homelessness by helping families move from struggle to self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army also supports the community through a summer camp for kids, nursing home ministry, and community outreach to a disadvantaged neighborhood. The Service Center closely collaborates with other agencies and churches in Williamson County to ensure that needs are met appropriately and to avoid duplication of services.
“The Salvation Army makes a difference right here at home and has the greatest return on investment of any philanthropic organization I know,” said Jay Warren, managing partner for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty. “The money we are raising through this event stays here in Williamson County. It’s going to help people who are trying, people who are working, people who are doing the best they can and who don’t need a hand out but a hand up.”
In addition to the assistance provided at the Service Center, a dedicated group of volunteers operates The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen (mobile kitchen) out of Williamson County, responding when disaster strikes. This team provided more than 2,000 hours of service in disasters around the region in the past year, providing food, drinks and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and survivors in disasters such as the historic Blanco River floods, the Halloween floods, the Hidden Pines fire, and local disasters including a plane crash.
“As a leader in Christian faith based human services, we are motivated by the love of God”, said Major Andy Kelly, Salvation Army Austin Metropolitan Area Commander. “Around the world, The Salvation Army is committed to serving the whole person, body, mind and spirit, with integrity and respect, using creative solutions to positively transform lives. Locally, we are equally committed to providing a wide array of social service assistance programs for residents in Williamson County who find themselves in need.”
The public is invited to purchase tickets to the event or get more information by visiting The Salvation Army’s website at www.SalvationArmyAustin.org, emailing AustinDevelopment@uss.salvationarmy.org, or calling 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 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, Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin.