GALVESTON (March 2019) – The Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army Galveston County had a big day at the Runway of Hope Style Show and Luncheon on March 29 in the Grand Ballroom of the San Luis Hotel. Gina Spagnola was presented the Champion of Hope award for her service as the founding President of the Women’s Auxiliary, her support of The Salvation Army and her many contributions to the community. Brenda Weber, wife of Congressman Randy Weber addressed the crowd, saying, “There is no place I would rather be than right here honoring my best friend, Gina Spagnola. She is worthy of this recognition, The Champion of Hope. She does more than just hope things will be better...she rolls up her sleeves to make sure it happens.”
Fashions were presented by Debbie Kubeczka of Treasure Trove and modeled by Brenda Weber, wife of District Clerk John Kinard, Chris Kinard, Superintendent of Galveston Independent School District Dr. Kelli Moulton, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Annette Scott, Collegiate Advisor Dr. Vivian Hernandez-Kleinschmidt, Galveston Police Office Jovan Harris, Shriner Community Leader Ruth Martinez, Central Middle School teacher Kenneth Maxwell, students Ny’Jala Bush and Ashton Sonnier, Odyssey Academy teacher Gary Barnes, and students Falon Dunn and Kai Harper. Men’s fashions were donated by Cruz Cortez Clothiers and the students were sporting fashion from the Salvation Army Family Store.
Attendees enjoyed a silent auction and shopping in the Closet of Hope, a chic boutique set up in the lobby of the Grand Ballroom. Bargains from the Closet of Hope are still on display and available for purchase at The Salvation Army Family Store located at 601 51st. Street in Galveston. Beautiful flower centerpieces designed and donated by Kroger put the finishing touch on the room and sold out immediately following the event.
Sponsors included the John P. McGovern Foundation, the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust, Kroger, The San Luis, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Galveston Leadership class, Moody Bank, Texas First Bank, Hometown Bank, UTMB Health, the William Rider Family, My Galveston Getaway and Galveston Condo Living.com.
Funds raised by the Women’s Auxiliary support the programs of the local Salvation Army. Membership is just $25.00 annually. Call 409-763-1691, ext. 75313 for more details.
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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 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.