The most prominent altruists in town joined Jan Pickens for the 2013 Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command Doing the Most Good Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. This big-deal event raised funds for the 70 different programs and services that help make life better for individuals and families. It also served as the kickoff for the Salvation Army's 125th anniversary celebration.
Guests — including Charlotte Jones Anderson, Gene Jones, Margot and Ross Perot, Lana Andrews, Sophia and Willis Johnson, Lisa Troutt, Lynn McBee, and Bobby B. Lyle — made it a priority to attend this annual luncheon. But these VIPs are not the only ones who have a soft spot for the Salvation Army, as this local luncheon is the No. 1 Salvation Army fundraising event. Bravo, DFW!
After the opening invocation by Salvation Army of Arlington lieutenant Jennifer Jones, more than 1,000 guests stood to sing "God Bless America" with a little help from the Salvation Army band.
Then Margot Perot was presented with the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service award, the highest volunteer honor bestowed by the Salvation Army. Perot's service includes founding the William Booth Society, helping to start the Women's Auxiliary and its annual fashion show, and giving generously of her time and resources. She also received a few extra cheers because it was her birthday.
"I love The Salvation Army," she said. "I'm devoted to the men and women who run this organization."
Chaired by Charlotte Jones Anderson, this celebration had two pairs of big-name honorary chairs: Gene and Jerry Jones, as well as and former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush.
Anderson told the crowd that this year would be filled with many surprises. The first was a visit from Dubya himself.
"Thank you for supporting the Salvation Army," he said. "I believe strongly in the faith-based system of saving one soul at a time, and there's no army better equipped to do that than the Salvation Army."
To end this magical luncheon on a high note, special guest Wynonna Judd took the stage with her band. "I was raised by a single mom with help from welfare, food stamps and the Salvation Army," she said. "How grateful I am to be here."
The Salvation Army's religious and social service activities serve millions of men, women and children in more than 100 nations around the world. Volunteers, contributors and other supporters make the services possible in local communities across the country.