22 June 2018

Salvation Army Sally Awards Gala a Ringing Success

More Than $700,000 raised to help Salvation Army Homeless Programs at Event where Lakers’ CEO Jeanie Buss Receives 2018 Sally Award

Beverly Hills, CA  — June 20, 2018. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom sounded like courtside at STAPLES CENTER as more than 500 supporters of The Salvation Army gave a standing ovation to Lakers’ CEO and Governor Jeanie Buss, as she received the 2018 Sally Award from The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division. Honored for her and the Lakers’ efforts on behalf of The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Community Center in Pico Union, Ms. Buss expressed deep appreciation for the honor and renewed her and her team’s commitment to the communities that have supported the Lakers for all these years. The night of celebration included a major fund-raising effort that raised more than $700,000 for Salvation Army programs across the Southland helping the homeless, veterans, and families.

Lakers superstar Magic Johnson sent well wishes via video as did Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and the room was filled with former players like AC Green and Kurt Rambis and other notables congratulating Jeanie Buss on an award well-earned. Also honored this night was the late federal jurist Judge Harry Pregerson for his incredible contribution to getting The Salvation Army’s Westwood Transitional Village and Bell Shelter programs established.

There was a dash of Hollywood as well as Producers of the hit inspirational film “I Can Only Imagine” – Cindy Bond and Kevin Downes were recognized by The Salvation Army for their “art with a spiritual conscience”. Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz hosted the evening keeping things lively as VIPs in the room learned how The Salvation Army changes lives by providing more than 300,000 nights of shelter to the homeless, more than 1 million meals to the hungry and summer camp and youth programs that impact the lives of more than 50,000 children every year.  Other notables in attendance were Olympic champion and television personality Caitlyn Jenner; student leader Sophia Hutchins; Olympic track cyclist Giddeon Massie; Entertainment Studios CEO and founder Byron Allen; actress Madeline Carroll (“I Can Only Imagine”); Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles Brenda Shockley; music manager and best-selling author Ken Kragen; Proactiv founder Katie Pregerson Rodan; and author/life coach Tim Storey. Nashville stars Jordan Pruitt and Brian Furente and American Idol finalists Blake Lewis and Elliott Yarmin provided the entertainment.

To learn more about The Salvation Army in Southern California and the work it does on behalf of those in need go to socal.salvationarmy.org or call 1 800 SAL ARMY

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 139 years in the United States. More than 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 7,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to socal.salvationarmy.org