Celebrating Hope in the City of Brotherly Love

celebrate-hope-logoAnnual Celebrate Hope Luncheon Honors Two Local Leaders for Commitment to Betterment of Philadelphia

On Thursday, September 22, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia will gather with hundreds of members of the community to celebrate more than 150 years of global service to those in need, raise awareness of its local programs and services and to honor two local leaders for their commitment to the betterment of the City of Philadelphia.

Each year, The Salvation Army honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional altruism.

This year’s honorees are:

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    Harold Epps

    Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia, who will receive the “Doing the Most Good Community Leadership Award,” is a business leader with more than 30 years of corporate experience that has helped to drive Philadelphia’s growth and development. As the City of Philadelphia’s newly appointed Director of Commerce, Mr. Epps is committed to improving the lives of our city’s most vulnerable individuals. He strives for the evolution of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods through workforce development, creating an environment that nurtures small businesses and sustaining a healthy economy.


  • Walter D’Alessio, Principal, NorthMarq Advisors, who will receive The Salvation
    Walter D’Alessio

    Army’s “Others” Award is a local business leader with more than 55 years of experience in planning, developing and managing major real estate projects in Philadelphia. He served on the capital campaign for The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Mr. D’Alessio’s vast real estate and planning expertise was key to implementing the state-of-the-art multi-million dollar health and wellness center in the Nicetown/Tioga section of the city.

Through a shared dedication of improving the lives of the city’s residents and the local economy, Epps and D’Alessio support The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s mission of providing hope and creating change for individuals and families in need.

“The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s annual luncheon is a celebration of hope for the thousands of lives we impact every year. It is also an opportunity to thank the community for its generosity, which allows us to continue to ‘Do the Most Good’ in Greater Philadelphia,” said Major A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “We are proud to honor Mr. Epps and Mr. D’Alessio at our Celebrate Hope luncheon for their tireless efforts to make a difference in the community through their careers and philanthropic endeavors.”

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Ukee Washington, CBS Philly Anchor

This year’s event will be emceed by CBS Philly anchor Ukee Washington.

During the luncheon, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia will also unveil its new Pathway of Hope initiative, which is aimed at helping families leave poverty behind for good. Pathway of Hope focuses on the long-term goal of self-sufficiency of impoverished families; it is intended to break the cycle of crisis and intergenerational poverty. The Pathway of Hope model focuses on possibilities rather than problems, empowering clients to identify and develop strengths to reach their goals and dreams. Families selected to participate in Pathway of Hope will undergo a careful review to ensure their strong commitment to improving their lives if given support and opportunity. In return, Salvation Army staff will provide intensive weekly case management for at least six months, and up to two years, which includes linkage to resources and tangible support with measurable goals to help empower families to take their first steps out of poverty and achieve long-term stability.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit The Salvation Army’s many programs and services for less fortunate.  Over the past year, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia has provided more than 220,000 meals to those facing the threat of hunger and more than 256,000 collective nights of shelter to individuals and families with no place to go.  More than 30,000 senior citizens participated in activities and events to keep them healthy and active. Youth attendance at activities and music programs totaled more than 231,000. The Salvation Army also provided assistance to 11,000 individuals at Christmas and provided more than 28,413 toys and gifts so families in need could have the Christmas they deserve. When emergencies took Greater Philadelphia by surprise and left victims at a loss, The Salvation Army was there providing food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual comfort to thousands. This is all thanks to the work of more than 14,038 volunteers who selflessly dedicated more than 382,995 hours and countless amounts of energy to the cause of simply “Doing the Most Good” for those in need.

The Salvation Army “Celebrate Hope” Luncheon Details:

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016,   Noon – 2 pm

Where:             Crystal Tea Room, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia

Honorees:        ~Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

~Walter D’Alessio, Principal, NorthMarq Advisors

For more information, including tickets, partnerships, or special program advertising, email kathryn.roberson@aecpartners.net  or call 215.315.4399 x701 or CLICK HERE

celebrate-hope-save-the-dateAbout The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia:

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. The Salvation Army is equipped to respond to both acute disasters such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the region’s less fortunate individuals. Since 1879, The Salvation Army has a record of success stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Salvation Army’s programming operates community centers and residential facilities throughout the Philadelphia region offering shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.





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