On Saturday May 17, 2014, The Salvation Army hosted the second annual Paint the Town Red Lady’s Brunch. The brunch was held at the Greenville Poinsett Club and included a silent auction. The purpose of this brunch was to raise money for The Salvation Army’s Women’s and Children’s Homeless Shelter. This year’s event raised over $11,000.
The event was by personal invitation only and was hosted by 15 community leaders. The hostesses were: Martha Boling, Nikki Rountree, Wendy Walden, Sarah Byars, Linda Kelly, Betty Hedgpeth, Ginny Beach, Jane Shaw, Kay Foster, Melody Davis, Anna Johnson, Breann Szmurlo, Becky Clement, Susan Schwartzkopf and the Ladies of SC Telco. Each hostess selected a few guests to invite whom they felt would like to become involved with the local work of The Salvation Army.
The key note speaker was Lt. Colonel Debra Mockabee, The Salvation Army Assistant National Secretary and National Secretary for International Anti-Human Trafficking Her presentation focused on the work The Salvation Army is doing internationally to stop sex trafficking and to help orphaned children in places such as Uganda and Sri Lanka. Major Melody Davis and Lt. Heather Dolby shared how women can help local women and children who are in the most need.
All of the money raised will go directly to improving the women’s and children’s shelter in Greenville. Last year the brunch raised $5400.00 which was used to build a playground area for the children of women in the shelter.