Fans earn opportunity for a Google Hangout with Gomez by raising money for
Online Red Kettle

Arlington, TX (November 4, 2013) – Actress and multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboy game against the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, which kicks off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The halftime performance marks the 17th year the Dallas Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season. Last year, the Red Kettle Campaign collected $148.7 million. Donations help provide meals and shelter for families in need and Christmas toys for millions of children, among numerous other social services.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Dallas is my hometown, and to be invited to perform on behalf of The Salvation Army is such a great honor”, said Selena Gomez. [/quote]

“Giving back is so important, and I am looking forward to kicking off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign and getting those bells ringing across the nation to help families and children in need.”

“We are thrilled to have Selena kick off the Red Kettle Campaign and be a part of this time-honored tradition. Her amazing performance, a national stage and a huge, enthusiastic fan base will be a powerful start to Red Kettle 2013,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and Chief Brand Officer for the Dallas Cowboys and national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army touches so many lives and provides nourishment, shelter and support for children and families in need. Together with Selena, we celebrate the important impact of The Salvation Army’s work in doing the most good.”

The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. The campaign raised $148.7 million last year alone, with more than $1.75 billion raised since the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997. With the Thanksgiving holiday falling later in the month than usual, this year’s Red Kettle Campaign is more critical than ever.

“Though the Red Kettle campaign is five days shorter this year, we are confident that the attention that partners like Selena Gomez and the Dallas Cowboys are bringing to the cause will more than make up that difference,” said Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We strive to help America’s most vulnerable – children, and ensure that they have a warm, comfortable place to sleep and hot food to eat and toys to play with at Christmas.”

In support of the Red Kettle Campaign, Selena will host her own Online Red Kettle and encourage fans to join her team and donate to The Salvation Army. Fans can join her team by visiting www.onlineredkettle.org/selenagomez. Eight lucky fundraisers will receive the chance to virtually connect with Selena through a Google Hangout.

Selena Gomez is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kick-Off celebrity halftime performers including Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 traditional bell ringers, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign.

From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s startup program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.

 

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About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
About Selena Gomez: Selena Gomez has become one of the most accomplished actors and recording artists today and all by the age of twenty-one. 2013 has been a big year for Selena. In July, she released her fourth album “Stars Dance” which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The lead single “Come and Get It” became her first number one single and won an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Pop Video.” On the heels of the release of her album, Gomez launched her very successful “Stars Dance World Tour” which is currently scheduled to conclude later this month. She has sold over 10 million singles in the US and has become a fixture on the dance scene garnering six singles that have landed at number one position on the Billboard Dance Club/Play charts.

About Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities: In the area of community service, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities’ mission is built on a philosophy of helping those who don’t have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves. As a sports entity that has enjoyed unprecedented success and recognition for more than four decades, the Dallas Cowboys feel a strong obligation to transfer that championship tradition and the magic that it creates to the bigger purpose of making a difference in the community. More information about the Dallas Cowboys is available at www.dallascowboys.com.

For additional information about The Salvation Army and Red Kettle Kick-Off, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA or https://twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

 

A letter to our donors, volunteers and friends,

We’re sharing information here for our donors, volunteers, and other friends and supporters regarding the closure of a Salvation Army Correctional Services program in Pinellas County:

The Salvation Army of Florida has had a long-term, beneficial relationship with Pinellas County, part of which was providing a service for Courts & Correctional Services program participants. Our Florida administrative office (Divisional Headquarters) assisted the County for more than 35 years by operating the misdemeanor program, which was reviewed regularly by County officials, in Pinellas County. The Salvation Army’s Correctional Services were provided at no cost to the County.

 

The Salvation Army’s correctional services were beneficial to the County in that many program participants completed community service hours with other nonprofit organizations. This was also a beneficial arrangement for many participating in the Courts & Correctional Services program as they often required additional services. Because The Salvation Army provides individual case management, the correction counselors were able to share information on social services in Pinellas County. Program participants were referred to other agencies as needed.

 

It was the County’s choice to not to seek bids from other agencies for operating the program. The contract included an out-clause the County could have exercised at any time, but did not as The Salvation Army followed all elements of the contract. Our provision of services was not the issue; instead, the County chose to centralize all Courts & Correctional Services and not renew the contract.

 

Recent articles misstated that 12% of the fees were paid to The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. That is not the case. These were administrative fees for the operation of the program by Divisional Headquarters. The Salvation Army continues to have one of the lowest administrative costs of any large nonprofit. Of every dollar donated, 82 cents go directly to programs and services, rather than administration or fundraising.

 

No donor funds were used in the Correctional Services program; it was a fee-based program, with the fees being set by Pinellas County, not by The Salvation Army.

 

In the last 120 years, The Salvation Army has had incredible, life-changing impact in communities across Tampa Bay. In 2012 alone, The Salvation Army provided:

Approximately 163,000 nights of shelter for homeless men, women, and children.
More than 577,000 meals to hungry men, women, and children.
Emergency assistance, such as rent and utility payments, for hundreds of working poor families.
Backpacks and school supplies to more than 1,000 Tampa Bay students in need.
Summer Camp for nearly 500 low-income and at-risk children.
More than 61,000 Angel Tree gifts and toys for thousands of Tampa Bay children living in poverty.

We will continue to follow our mission of meeting human need in Jesus’ name without
discrimination and our promise of Doing the Most Good to the most people in the most need.

The Salvation Army wishes the best for the Pinellas County Courts & Correctional Services program, its staff and participants, and the Sheriff’s Office as it takes on this new endeavor.

For additional information on Salvation Army locations, programs, and services across Tampa Bay, please see www.salvationarmytampabay.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United
States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more
information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.