During National Salvation Army week, The Salvation Army holds an Annual Appreciation dinner for volunteers and donors. This year’s theme encouraged and offered guests a new perspective of not only The Salvation Army, but the world they live in.
The evening was a little different than previous years. Instead of a reception with hors d'oeuvres, guests were greeted with a gallery exhibit, A Room with a View. “Rooms” were set up highlighting details you may not have known about six different programs and gave the viewer the opportunity to see through the eyes of a client – a struggling mom, a 9 year old boy, and more. This idea of learning things you didn’t know and seeing from a different view, was the theme for the evening. “A new perspective” echoed all the way down to the centerpieces, which were not the traditional flowers, but rather, necessary items within various Salvation Army programs. Gerald Owens, from local WRAL-TV and the Master of Ceremonies, started the evening by introducing a video telling the stories of five different staff and board members, including Area Commander, Major Cathy Costas. Awards were given to the top three fundraising Annual Red Kettle ringers, National Charity League was given Volunteer of the Year, and Eric Stutts was named Coach of the Year. There was also a special recognition for WRAL-TV Coats for the Children’s 25th Anniversary. Afterwards, Michael Yankowski, guest speaker and author of Under the Overpass, gave an enlightening testimony to his experience living on the streets of five major US cities and challenged the audience to see the world through a new perspective, one of action and compassion.
The evening closed with the unveiling of the 2013 Annual Report, A New Perspective. Following the theme of the annual dinner, the annual report shows The Salvation Army of Wake County and its programs through the view of a new perspective, one of the client’s. With vivid imagery, the report ties in statistics, programs, and finances to tell the story of The Salvation Army of Wake County and to help the viewer understand a “new perspective” through someone else’s eyes.
To all of those who attended, as well as to all The Salvation Army volunteers, donors, staff and friends, thank you for your continual support and for joining us in A New Perspective.