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Bridgett Ellison to Emcee 2017 “Give Hope, Change Lives” Gala and Silent Auction
By: Tiffani Jett, Public Relations & Marketing Manager

Orlando, Florida – Bridgett Ellison, Emmy Award winning morning anchor for WKMG News 6, will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the 2017 “Give Hope, Change Lives” Gala and Silent Auction. The event’s guest speaker is former Major League Baseball player and 4-time World Series Champion, Darryl Strawberry. Held Friday, May 5 at Ports of Call at SeaWorld® Orlando (7007 SeaWorld Drive), the annual celebration presents The Salvation Army of Orlando to the community and also serves as our largest fundraising event. Proceeds benefit men, women and children served by our programs. Visit http://salvationarmyorlando.org/givehope/ for more information.

Ellison has more than a decade of broadcast journalism experience. Prior to her arrival in the Sunshine State, Bridgett worked as a main anchor/reporter for the NBC station in Augusta, Georgia. Before moving to main anchor, Bridgett also served as morning anchor in Augusta. During her five years in Georgia, she was honored by the Georgia Associated Press with awards for “Best Documentary” and “Best Anchor/Reporter.” The South Carolina native, started her career at the ABC station in New Bern, North Carolina, and also worked for the CBS station in Columbia, South Carolina.

Individual tickets and sponsorship packages for this year’s celebration are now on sale, starting at $150. Each table seats 10 guests. Saturday, April 29 is the last day to purchase an individual ticket or sponsorship package. Contact Kyle McNeil at Kyle.McNeil@uss.salvationarmy.org or 407-423-8581, Extension: 26456 to secure your seat today.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please visit http://salvationarmyorlando.org/ or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate your gift to Orlando.

To learn more about The Salvation Army of Orlando, visit https://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyorlando/ or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/salarmyorlando.

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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 more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad 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. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.

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