Champion of Hope 2018

Event Re-Cap

At 6pm the doors opened for meet & greet ticket holders to visit with Jackie Joyner Kersee in a private reception, while other guests registered to bid on silent auction items. At 7:00 pm a three-course dinner of salad, steak medallions, mashed potatoes, asparagus and dessert were served. Following dinner, the United Way of Greater High Point was honored for theri longstanding support and commitment to the Salvation Army by receiving the Darrell & Stella Harris Champion of Hope Award. Columbia Forest Products received Teh Salvation Army's Volunteer of the Year Award. The event program continued, by first holding a brief live auction, followed by the introduction of 6-time Olympian, Jackie Joyner-Kersee. In her speech, she described her childhood, and credited the local Boys & Girls Club in St. Louis to encouraging her and helping her reach her dreams. Jackie concluded her keynote address and the event convened with closing remarks and Captain Bobby Jackson thanking the guests and our faithful supporters.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Bio

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a 6-time Olympic medalist, and one of the most decorated female athletes of all time. As the current world record holder in the heptathlon, and the American record holder in both the heptathlon and long jump, Jackie Joyner-Kersee excelled in the Olympic games and was named greatest female athlete of the 20th century, by Sports Illustrated for Women magazine. Today, she continues to give back to her community and pursues her philanthropic passion of promoting healthy lifestyles and youth development.

The Champion of Hope Award

The prestigious Champion of Hope Award was named in memory of Furnitureland South founders, Darrell & Stella Harris, in honor of the Harris’ long-standing support of The Salvation Army. Each year at the Champion of Hope Dinner, a new company or individual who makes outstanding contributions to The Salvation Army of High Point and their community, will be recognized.

Sponsor Recognition and Thanks!

GOLD Sponsors

  • Furnitureland South
  • Heritage Home Groups
  • David Amerson Defending Hands Foundation
  • A Cleaner World

SILVER Sponsors

  • Carter Brothers BBQ
  • Mickey Truck Bodies

BRONZE Sponsors

  • Blakely Financial
  • Lexington Home Brands
  • Bob Parrish
  • Karen Philbin
  • Thomas Built Buses
  • Dunbar & Smith
  • Jed Routh
  • Jim Morgan
  • Milliken Mechanical
  • Chuck Portaro
  • 220 Elm & Palliser
  • Davis Furniture
  • Karen McNeill Pond
  • City Transfer
  • Cumby Funeral
  • Donna & Royster Tucker
  • Lazzaro Leather
  • Gayle Badgett
  • Walmart


  • Lenny Peters Foundation
  • Allegacy
  • Vann York Auto Group
  • KAO Specialties
  • International Market Centers
  • Riverside Furniture
  • Dr. Kwon Smiles Dentistry
  • eMuWave, PLLC
  • Illderton Dodge

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