Colin Powell Delivers At Salvation Army Anniversary Luncheon

General Colin Powell Addressing the Salvation Army audience celebrating its 150th anniversary in Chicago.
General Colin Powell Addressing the Salvation Army audience celebrating its 150th anniversary in Chicago.

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Salvation Army Civic Lunch 2015, Ken Johnson, Senior Gift Advisor for the Salvation Army  in red tie with friends and guest. Carolyn Palmer of Carolyn’s Kids is in the red.


Celebrating 150 Years of “Doing the Most Good”

This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Salvation Army organization worldwide and also commemorates 130 years serving in the Chicagoland area. As one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the city, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division is also one of the largest direct providers of social services locally.

To help celebrate the organizations anniversary was American statesman, philanthropist and military leader, General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)  delivered the keynote address at an event celebrating The Salvation Army’s 150th worldwide anniversary at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers June 15.  His delivery was riveting, exciting in the least and most informative and insightful. He moved the audience to tears, laughter, somber repose,  inspired and touched them.

Also at the luncheon, Patricia Hemingway Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Service Corporation, will received the Salvation Army 2015 William Booth Award, the highest award that may be conferred upon an individual by The Salvation Army, and named after the organization’s founder. Past recipients of this award have included Bill Clinton, Senator Paul Simon, and Ambassador John Price, just to name a few. The Salvation Army honored Jewel-Osco with the 2015 “Others” Award for their long-term support as a corporate partner.

About The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division

The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois. In neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, The Army provides disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care, senior services and much more. On any given night, more than 1,200 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof. This year, The Army celebrates 130 years of service in Chicago. The Salvation Army is there every day, 24-hours-a-day in Chicago and throughout the country providing disaster relief to people in crisis. For more information, visit


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