Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bell Ringers Accept Trophies

A family eating dinner at the Center of Hope. A little girl getting her first ballet lesson. A homeless person sleeping in a warm bed instead of under a bridge. What do all of these people have in common? They are being helped because someone rang a bell for the Tulsa Area Command of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign not only helps fund Christmas gifts and food for 3,000 needy families, it helps funds programs throughout the winter. The Kettle Campaign raised $608,000 in 2010, more than seven percent higher than the $565,000 goal. The city’s top bell ringers recently gathered at the Tulsa Area Command to receive recognition for their exceptional efforts. They were congratulated by Captain John Robbins of the Citadel Corps and by Rhonda McDaniel, volunteer coordinator. The first place winner for the One-Day-One-Door competition, Johnny Wasovich, was out of town for the ceremony but it was announced that he raised $934. A high point in the ceremony was when Jimmy Ober, a Tulsa firefighter, co-presented the traveling trophy for bell ringing to Cpl. Scott Anderson of the Tulsa Police Department. The two organizations have developed a pattern of exchanging the trophy every year. Click "Read More" to see photos of all our winners!

1.       Evan Wilbanks raised $595 through the Midtown Rotary in the One-Day-One-Door Competition.

2.       Dr. Anthony Chayana, pastor of the International Gospel Center, accepts the trophy  along with church member Jennifer Yeager. The church raised $710, second place in the One-Day-One-Door Competition.

3.       The Kiwanis Club raised $1,521. Larry Henry accepts the trophy.
4.       Salvation Army Advisory Board member Lou Ann Smith accepts the award for the Advisory Board which raised $1,698.

5.       Tina Miller accepts the trophy for the Downtown Rotary that raised $4,101.

6.       Tulsa Firefighters Local 176 representative Jimmy Ober presents the traveling trophy to Tulsa policeman Cpl. Scott Anderson. The TPD raised $908.

7.       Megan Gaither, representing the Tulsa Talons, accepts the trophy for winning the Sports Celebrity contest. The Talons raised $275.

8.       Members of the Union High School Football Team accept the trophy for raising $997.

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