The Salvation Army Annual Appreciation Luncheon was held on March 7, 2018 at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. The luncheon is the Salvation Army’s way of honoring and recognizing all of the individuals and organizations that support the army by volunteering their time, talent and treasure all year long. It would be impossible to do all the wonderful things the Salvation Army does all year long without all of their fantastic volunteers and supporters.
The program began with a welcome from Advisory Board Vice Chair, Stephen Carter, Invocation from Advisory Board Chair, Katherine Payne. Major Ed Binnix was our keynote speaker. He and his wife Major Carla Binnix have been Salvation Army officers for over 25 years. They arrived in Port Charlotte shortly before Irma arrived to assume the duties of running the Salvation Army Port Charlotte Corps. Major Ed is a certified and very experienced in disaster relief. They hit the ground running, setting up the fellowship hall at the army to make and distribute over 40,000 sandwiches to feed those affected by Irma in Arcadia and Port Charlotte. The Salvation Army also had teams come in from Kentucky and Tennessee to assist during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Major thanked Cheney Brothers for being instrumental in providing food. The Major was very pleased to report that the Red Kettle Campaign/ Bell Ringing was a tremendous success and raised almost $200,000 this Christmas season. This is the most money that has ever been raised in Port Charlotte.
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