Press releases issued by The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, Florida.

The Northwest Community Center of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County to host fun-filled event for local community.

West Palm Beach, Florida (April 26, 2022) – The Northwest Community Center of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County will host a Community Outreach Event, on Saturday April 30, 2022, from Noon – 3:00PM at 600 N Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach. The one-day event also includes the Regional Music and Arts Concert. Apart from complementary refreshments and youth games/activities, the jamboree will introduce guests, and neighborhood residents to the Center’s numerous programs and services.

“The Northwest Community Center is designed to encourage growth and the development of children and youth from kindergarten through graduation,” said Dr. James Easley, the Center’s Director. “Our programs are crafted to increase exposure to positive influences through mentoring, character building workshops, tutoring, recreational, social, and community development activities. Saturday’s event is open to all and will serve to remind the public what services and programs we offer.”

Northwest Community Center offers a variety of youth programs accommodating all those in need without discrimination. The Center provides after school, summer, and winter-break camp programs, tutoring and homework assistance; crime and drug prevention programs and conferences; arts appreciation; music lessons; volunteerism; a basketball clinic; community garden; character building activities; and a variety of field trips to art museums, cultural events, and college tours.

For more information, please call The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, at (561) 686-3530 or Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

NAVY SEAL COMMANDER TO SPEAK AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON OF THE SALVATION ARMY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

Commander Grant Mann, Executive Director of the National Navy SEAL Museum, will be the guest speaker at Annual Luncheon of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach, Florida (April 7, 2022) – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is honored to announce retired U.S. Navy Commander Grant Mann as keynote speaker for their 2022 Annual Luncheon to be held from 11:30AM-1PM at the Pelican Club on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Entitled “The Ties That Bind,” the luncheon aims at gathering local charities and nonprofits around the theme of philanthropic partnerships.

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Commander Mann was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. Upon his enlistment in 1986, Mann immediately reported to Boot Camp and was subsequently assigned to the USS Harry W. Hill. After two years on board, he was selected and attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training Class 162, graduating in October 1989. His operational overseas deployments were in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Africa. Commander Mann’s enlisted operational assignments include two tours as a Boatswain Mate, two deployments at SEAL Team FIVE, and seven years at SEAL Team SIX. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal and numerous other awards over his 34 years of service.

“We are honored that Commander Mann has accepted the invitation to be the featured speaker at our Annual Luncheon,” said Majors James and Leisa Hall, Area Commanders of The Salvation Army. “Since The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, we wanted to select a speaker that would inspire an afternoon gathering of local nonprofit leaders to more effectively collaborate for the greater good of our community. As a courageous member of two SEAL Teams, we cannot imagine a more appropriate individual than Commander Mann to speak on the value of partnerships!”

Commander Mann presently serves as the Executive Director of the National Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. From humble beginnings in 1985, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Annual Luncheon please call The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, at (561) 686-3530 or visit the organization’s Website: https://salvationarmyflorida.org/westpalmbeach. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

PROMINENT PALM BEACH PHILANTHROPISTS COMMIT TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE TO ESTABLISH CENTENNIAL ENDOWMENT

Well-known women intend to advocate for The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach, Florida (March 3, 2022) – Members of the “Ambassador’s Circle” of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach recently met and committed their time, talent, and treasure to help establish the organization’s Centennial Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is one of many programs and events that The Army has scheduled to help celebrate its 100-year anniversary of charitable service in Palm Beach County.

 

Photo: Left to Right back Row – Susan Cushing, Frank Marangos, William Mikus, Paula Mikus, Suzanne Mott-Dansby, Major James Hall

Left to Right front Row – Kathryn Vecellio, The Honorable Beverly White-Yeager, Major Leisa Hall, Holly Holden

Winners of Salvation Army of Palm of Beach County’s Art Competition selected by Prominent Art Enthusiasts.

West Palm Beach, Florida (February 16, 2022) – Six local artists were selected as finalists of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s Fine Art Competition. The Competition took place between October and December of 2021 and helped inaugurate the 2022 Centennial Anniversary Year of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.

South Florida artists were invited to present their unique interpretation of one or more of the five Core Values of The Salvation Army: (1) Passion, (2) Compassion, (3) Uplifting, (4) Brave, (5) Trustworthy. A sixth category featured artwork commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. Paint, Sculpture, photography, and mixed media were all accepted for submission for the competition.

First place winner, Lori Pratico received a $3,500 cash prize. The remaining five honorees: Fran Steinmark (Passion), Marion Holmes (Compassion), Stephen Johnson, (Brave), Tony Arruza (Trustworthy), Michael Brigges (Uplifting), and Alex Aviles (Centennial Anniversary) each received a cash prize of $1500.

“We are grateful for the guidance that the distinguished art advisors and curator, Wendy Fritz and Catherine McCulloch brought to the Centennial Art Competition,” said Palm Beach Area Commander, Major James Hall. “Under their leadership, the competition gave local artists a chance to showcase their talent. In fact,” continued Hall, “we are considering a similar art competition for local High School-aged artists later in the year.”

The panel of judges for the Centennial Art Competition included artists recognized in their respective field and active in the South Florida art community. They included Beth Rudin DeWoody, local art collector and well-known curator and philanthropist; Ghislain D’Humieres, Director of The Norton Art Museum; Sybille Welter, Director of Public Art and Culture of West Palm Beach; Vincent Ricardel, eminent photographer, and artist; and Carol Prusa, artist, and professor at Florida Atlantic University.

The Salvation Army is among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world. The organization has locally helped countless Palm Beach County individuals and families overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services since 1922.

For more information, please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications for The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County at (561) 686-3530. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

Two college-age Salvation Army band members participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

West Palm Beach, Florida (January 18, 2022) – Two West Palm Beach musicians from The Salvation Army’s Florida Brass Band participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2022, in Pasadena, California. Trombone player, Lensky Petion, and Bradley Calixsti, who plays the cornet, were selected to join other musicians from across the country and the world as part of The Salvation Army’s Tournament of Roses Band. This was the 98th consecutive year that a Salvation Army Band marched in the Parade.

Lensky and Bradley were introduced to their respective instruments after their families began attending The Salvation Army Corps (church) in West Palm Beach. Both developed their skills through the weekly and summer music program offered at the church, and the summer music conservatory program at Camp Keystone offered by the Salvation Army’s Florida Divisional Music and Arts department. The college-aged musicians were chosen by Adely Charles, the Florida divisional music and arts director and bandmaster of the Florida Divisional Band, with full support from bandmaster Frankie Peynado, their local music leader and Lieutenants Denzell and Erika McClain their local officers (pastors).

For millions of people around the world, the Tournament of Roses Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition. The Parade has a long and storied history reaching back to the end of the 19th century. The Pageant traveled 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and featured four types of entries: floral-decorated floats entered by a participating corporation, non-profit organization or municipality, equestrian units, bands, and Tournament entries.

The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band has marched in the Rose Parade since 1920. The Band is noted for spreading awareness of The Salvation Army’s charitable work to a broader audience for over 100 years. This was the first time that members of the West Palm Beach Salvation Army’s Brass band were selected to play in the parade.

 

For more information, to volunteer, and/or make a financial contribution to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

Art Competition will commemorate Centennial Anniversary of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach, Florida (September, 2021) – Palm Beach art enthusiasts will launch a fine art design competition on October 1, 2021.  Under the direction of eminent local art consultant Wendy Fritz, South Florida artists are invited to share their creative interpretation of one or more of the five Core Values of The Salvation Army: (1) Passion, (2) Compassion, (3) Uplifting, (4) Brave, (5) Trustworthy.  A sixth category will include an art design that commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.

The competition is accepting sculpture, photography and mixed-media applications. A $3,500 cash prize will be awarded to the first-place winner. The remaining five honorees will each receive $1,500.  A Centennial Anniversary Celebration gift card box will honor the award-winning artwork. The six award winners will be announced in early December and a Grand Reception will be held at the Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach on February 24, 2022 featuring the artists and their winning artwork.

“We are very excited to launch this competition and give artists a chance to showcase their talent,” said Palm Beach Area Commander, Major James Hall. “It will be an important step to promote artists from South Florida.”

Apart from Wendy Fritz and distinguished art advisor, curator, and Co-Chair Catherine McCulloch, who have agreed to oversee the competition, awards ceremony, and grand reception, the Committee for the Centennial Art Competition includes a panel of diverse judges recognized in their respective field and active in the South Florida art community. They include Beth Rudin DeWoody, local Art Collector and well-known Curator and Philanthropist; Ghislain D’Humieres, Director of The Norton Art Museum; Sybille Welter, Director of Public Art and Culture of West Palm Beach; Vincent Ricardel, noted photographer and artist; and Carol Prusa, artist and Professor at Florida Atlantic University.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world, will be celebrating its Centennial Anniversary next year. The organization has locally helped countless Palm Beach County individuals and families overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services since 1922.

For more information, please visit The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County/or contact Jutta Kassatly, Event Planner for The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County at (631) 953-3501 or at jutta.kassatly@uss.salvationarmy.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County mobilizes resources to aid victims of the hurricane.

West Palm Beach, Florida (August 30th, 2021) – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has deployed two Emergency Disaster vehicles to the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast, to provide food and services to those affected by Hurricane Ida. The local team consists of 4 trained disaster workers departed at 1:00pm from our headquarters at 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of serving those affected by natural and man-made disasters,” said Major James Hall. “In fact, one of our current team members also served during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina sixteen years ago.” The Salvation Army will be present to provide meals, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other emergency services to survivors and other disaster workers.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Ida to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). 100% of donations received will be applied directly for this effort. At this time, no in-kind donations will be accepted.

For more information, please contact Major James Hall and/or Major Leisa Hall, Area Commanders of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County at 561.686.3530 or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world. The Salvation Army nationally helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services.

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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has deployed two Emergency Disaster vehicles to the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast, to provide food and services to those affected by Hurricane Ida. The local team consists of 4 trained disaster workers departed at 1:00pm from our headquarters at 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.

 

Major James (Chip) Hall one of 48 professionals selected for esteemed program.

West Palm Beach, Florida (August 16, 2021) – Major James Hall, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has been accepted into the 2021-22 Leadership Engage Program, Leadership Palm Beach County’s flagship program. Leadership Engage, presented by iTHINK Financial, is a highly selective 10-month program which unites community leaders and offers participants a transformative learning experience and a powerful network, with the intent to better Palm Beach County.

Participants from diverse industries and backgrounds gain a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles and learn how they can make significant contributions in the community. With many industries still adapting to the changes ushered in by COVID-19, the Engage Class of 2022 is joining the Leadership Palm Beach County family at a time when community involvement is more appreciated than ever.

“In reviewing the list of the other LPBC members,” said Major Hall, “I am tremendously excited and humbled to be a part of the 2021 Class.  I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and especially focus on making a better community through collaborative efforts.  It’s going to be a great ride … and I’m all in!”

The 48 class members were selected for their leadership and service in their professional and civic lives. They will meet each month from September through May to explore program topics such as agriculture, education, public safety, and healthcare. Class members will also divide into smaller groups and work on their chosen “Engage Forward” projects, the Leadership Palm Beach County civic engagement initiative benefiting local non-profits and aimed at tackling challenges facing the region.

The mission of LPBC is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community, and the 48 new class members look forward to furthering this mission. For a full list of members of the Leadership Engage Class of 2022, Click Here.

Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc., is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. LPBC’s stated mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community. Initiated in 1983 through a collaborative effort of the local Chambers of Commerce, LPBC has prepared nearly 3,000 adult and youth graduates for enhanced community leadership roles. Learn more about LPBC at: LeadershipPBC.org.

 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.