Power Philanthropy

Salvation Army does the most good for Dallas at $2.8 million power lunch

Salvation Army does the most good at $2.8 million power lunch

Paul Booth, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Stan Richards, and Clint Degner, DTMG Luncheon
Paul Booth, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Stan Richards, Clint Degner Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Ruth Altshuler, Major Ward Matthews, and Margot Perot, DTMG Luncheon
Ruth Altshuler, Major Ward Matthews, Margot Perot Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Sophia and Willis Johnson, DTMG Luncheon
Sophie Johnson, Willis Johnson Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Denise Priewe, Patricia Daniel, Lisa Troutt, Martha Copeland, Heather Cooper and Marla Ford, DTMG Luncheon
Denise Priewe, Patricia Daniel, Lisa Troutt, Martha Copeland, Heather Cooper, Marla Ford Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Ginger Sager, Sharon McCullough, Libby Hunt, and Dixey Arterburn, DTMG Luncheon
Ginger Sager, Sharon McCullough, Libby Hunt, Dixey Arterburn Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Jeanne Bisaccia, Brill Garrett and Barbara Marinelli, DTMG Luncheon
Jeanne Bisaccia, Brill Garrett, Barbara Marinelli Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Gene Jones, and Meredith Counce, DTMG Luncheon
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Gene Jones, Meredith Counce Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Denny and Connie Carreker with Carol Seay, DTMG Luncheon
Denny Carreker, Connie Carreker, Carol Seay Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Debbie Oates and Judy Gibbs, DTMG Luncheon
Debbie Oates, Judy Gibbs Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Beth Ann Huber, Suzanne Durham, Debbie Tull, and Melinda Russ, DTMG Luncheon
Beth Ann Huber, Suzanne Durham, Debbie Tull, Melinda Russ Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Linda and Bill Custard, DTMG Luncheon
Linda Custard, Bill Custard Photo by Chuck Clark and Pat Patey
Paul Booth, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Stan Richards, and Clint Degner, DTMG Luncheon
Ruth Altshuler, Major Ward Matthews, and Margot Perot, DTMG Luncheon
Sophia and Willis Johnson, DTMG Luncheon
Denise Priewe, Patricia Daniel, Lisa Troutt, Martha Copeland, Heather Cooper and Marla Ford, DTMG Luncheon
Ginger Sager, Sharon McCullough, Libby Hunt, and Dixey Arterburn, DTMG Luncheon
Jeanne Bisaccia, Brill Garrett and Barbara Marinelli, DTMG Luncheon
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Gene Jones, and Meredith Counce, DTMG Luncheon
Denny and Connie Carreker with Carol Seay, DTMG Luncheon
Debbie Oates and Judy Gibbs, DTMG Luncheon
Beth Ann Huber, Suzanne Durham, Debbie Tull, and Melinda Russ, DTMG Luncheon
Linda and Bill Custard, DTMG Luncheon

When Stan Richards, founder and CEO of the Richards Group, chairs a daytime event, you know it’s going to be big. And he delivered: More than 1,000 guests poured into the Hilton Anatole for the Salvation Army’s annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon.

Calling it a power lunch is putting it lightly, as the event raised an incredible $2.8 million to continue the organization’s programs and services to meet human needs in the community. And it would be doing her a disservice not to mention the wonder woman behind the fundraising efforts. So kudos to Debbie Oates, who served as the Salvation Army’s major gifts chair for 2014.

The luncheon began with advisory board chairman Rick Martin thanking Oates and Charlotte Jones Anderson for their support. He also expressed gratitude to the Jones family as a whole, for their extraordinary contributions to the Salvation Army for nearly 20 years. Anderson served this year as DFW Metroplex chair of the Salvation Army’s 125th anniversary celebration in Texas. Her parents, Gene and Jerry Jones, are also heavily involved in the organization.

Then it was time to dig in, as guests — including Connie and Denny Carreker, Carol Seay, Ruth Altshuler, Margot Perot, Clint Degner, Paul Booth, and Sophie and Wills Johnson — lunched on pot pie, roast beef and chocolate dessert as they enjoyed songs, testimonials and videos about the lives that are transformed by the Salvation Army’s programs.

This year the annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon celebrated its 125th anniversary.