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Tree of Lights

The Salvation Army hosted the season’s first tree lighting ceremony in November at the John Hancock Center Plaza on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. NBC5’s Phil Rogers served as the master of ceremony, which featured music by The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and Walter Payton College Prep’s The Sounds of Sweetness A Cappella Choir. Program participants included Lt. Colonel David Grindle, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division and Bruce Williamson, president of The Sterno Group and chair of The Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.The Salvation Army traditionally raises about 70 percent of the money it uses year round for client services through the Red Kettle Campaign. This year’s goal is $12 million.View Video on YouTube | View Photo Gallery on Flickr

Starlighter Dinner 2009

With a holiday theme, The Salvation Army thanked its long-time supporters, donors and friends for their continued support at their annual Starlighter Dinner on Monday, Nov. 9, in a music-filled evening which featured performances by the ARC Central Choir, The Brass Ensemble and the Kroc Center’s Youth Choir at the Hyatt Regency hotel.Phil Rogers, NBC5 reporter was the event emcee and introduced several current and past clients who have benefited from Salvation Army programming and briefly told their stories.Bank of America was presented this year’s corporate award in recognition of its longtime support of Salvation Army programs. Guests received red Christmas ornaments with the Salvation Army seal, which decorated each table, and 2009 annual report.Among those attending: U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, and Jody Weiss, Chicago police chief.The Starlight Dinner is The Salvation Army’s way of thanking supporters in advance for their contributions to the Red Kettle campaign, which kicked off on Nov. 13. This year’s goal is $12 million, which is 70 percent of the funds needed to support Chicago-area programs.View Photo Gallery

Daughtry Announced as Red Kettle Kick-off Special Guest

DaughtryDallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and The Salvation Army’s national community relations secretary Major George Hood announced that the group Daughtry would be the featured artists for the 2009 Thanksgiving Day Red Kettle Kick-off. The Grammy-nominated band was on hand to talk about their performance, meet Cowboys players and representatives and talk with children from local Salvation Army programs.Daughtry is a rock band from North Carolina, formed and fronted by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry in 2006. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2006, reaching number one for two non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200, sold more than four million copies and was named the number one selling album of 2007 by Billboard.DaughtryThe bands’s sophomore record, Leave This Town, was released on July 14, 2009 debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 269,000 copies in its first week. About, Leave This Town, Chris Daughtry says., “A lot of the lyrics are about how leaps of faith can set us free or tie us down, and realizing that we often find heartache when we run from something and redemption when we run toward something,” With this release, Chris Daughtry made American Idol history by becoming the first ‘Idol’ to have two consecutive #1 albums.The Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have celebrated the national kickoff of the Red Kettle campaign for the last 12 years, raising more than $1 billion for people in need during that time. The game and halftime show has become and annual Thanksgiving tradition for millions of football fans across the country. This year, the Cowboys will face the Oakland Raiders on November 26 starting at 3:15 pm CST.Previous Red Kettle Kickoff halftime performers include: Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.This will be the first Salvation Army halftime show held at the new Cowboy Stadium.Visit the Daughty website here: http://www.daughtryofficial.comClick here to donate to the Online Red Kettle Fundraiser Campaign