Stevestoltzsalvation 300HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (3/7/12) - On Tuesday Night, March 6, at 5:30, the Hopkins County Salvation Army held their annual Appreciation Celebration, giving awards to those who had recently helped in the community. Representatives from many businesses and organizations in the Hopkins and Muhlenberg County area were present, accepting awards for their respective group’s charitable actions.

As the ceremony began, Major Phillip Lance led the room in prayer before Lisa Berry walked on stage to present the media awards. Present to receive an award on behalf of SurfKY News was Editor/News Director J.L. Graham. Among the other media services recognized were The Madisonville Messenger and WFMW. After that Major Phillip Lance took the podium once more to give thanks to the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Major Joyce Lance spoke next, stating that there were many groups who had helped the bell ringing volunteers get to the point that they are at now. She also pointed out that it would have been impossible without the help of groups like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Big lots, and Kroger’s. After this, Lance stated that there was another planned area, Walgreens, but there weren’t enough volunteers to go and help that area. She said that the Salvation Army’s goal was to get all of the areas constantly covered by bell ringing volunteers.

Next, Chip Tate began to recognize the local civic groups who had worked as bell ringers at local businesses to get donations for the Salvation Army. Among those who received awards were the AARP, both the Muhlenberg County and Hanson Lion’s clubs, the American Legion, Rotary-Muhlenberg, Noon Kiwanis, the Salvation Army Advisory board, and Rotary-Madisonville. The group who had raised the most money was the Madisonville Lion’s Club with $1,867.15.

Some businesses that had supported the Bell Ringing Awards were also recognized as Joe Collins walked up to the podium. These businesses were the 1st United Bank, Rudd Realty, and Brighton Cornerstone. One more business was there, however, as General Electric had raised the most out of any business with an outcome of $424.87.

Next, Debby Myers walked up to thank the local churches and church groups who had helped with the bell ringing activity. She had thanked First Christian, Bethel, Lighthouse Youth, First Cumberland, and Oak Grove especially, as they accumulated the most money of all the groups with a sum of $448.18.

There was also a large amount of school groups who had assisted with the activity. Chris Findley thanked the Girl Scouts, The Girl Scouts’ troop #2, the French Club, the FBLA, the SCCLA, the BSMS Beta Club, the MCHHS football team, the Webster Football team, the MNNHS Key Club, the HCCHS ROTC, and the Delta Beta, who had raised $699.27.

After that Kassy Holmes thanked the Angel Tree Sponsors and all of the Volunteers at the Salvation Army. Once she was done, Major Joyce Lance thanked the Kettle groups and all the Staff at the Salvation Army. Major Phillip Lance then stepped up to thank the United Way for all their assistance with the group’s activities. Once all this was done, Josh Peyton led the room in Closing Prayer, before dismissing the representatives.

A meal was served directly after the ceremony.

SurfKY News would like to take this opportunity to thank those who work hard to support and keep the Salvation Army going. The lives of many are touched by this wonderful organization.  We encourage local citizens to stop by the Salvation Army store when you want to shop a little, or simply make a donation. Remember, you are not donating to an organization, but to individuals in need.

Dylan Graham
SurfKY News

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