Thank You For Your Support and Doing The Most Good!

On behalf Lt. Colonel Douglas Riley and all of us at The Salvation Army Southern California Division, thank you for attending The 2015 Sally Awards at the J.W. Marriott at LA Live on October 1, 2015.

It was a night people will long remember as The Salvation Army bestowed Roma Downey with the 2015 Sally Award. We had the opportunity to recognize Ms. Downey for her incredible career as a performer, producer, and a person who has given so much to many worthy causes. More importantly, we also learned she is equally accomplished in her real life roles as mother, wife and friend.

The ballroom at the J.W. Marriott was filled with a spirit of grace as Della Reese shared a heartfelt congratulatory message prior to Ms. Downey receiving The Sally Award. The show hit a high-note with special performances by Heavenly Joy Jerkins with her mother Joy Enriquez and a variety of songs by The Salvation Army musical groups.

Your support of The Salvation Army and of the 2015 Sally Awards was essential to the night’s success. As a special thank you please feel free to share the photos of the evening below, listen again to Roma Downey’s acceptance speech and watch musical performances by Heavenly Joy Jerkins, Joy Enriquez and The Salvation Army musical groups above.

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Posted by Salvation Army Southern California on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Salvation Army's Sally Awards Makes a Hollywood Comeback

Roma Downey Energizes Traditional Fundraising Gala at L.A. Live Event Thursday Night

Los Angeles, Calif. (October 2, 2015)– In a packed ballroom at the JW Marriott in L.A. Live, actress, producer and philanthropist Roma Downey accepted the 2015 Salvation Army Sally Award, given to representatives from the entertainment industry whose lives and charitable giving mirrors The Salvation Army’s mission statement of Doing the Most Good. This represents a Hollywood “comeback” of sorts as this tradition began in the 1950s with such Entertainment heavyweights as Cecil B. DeMille, Bob Hope and Dame Angela Lansbury being past recipients, but has laid dormant for several years.  

The Salvation Army in Southern California decided it was time for a return to its community roots and bring back this prestigious award and was honored to be able to recognize Roma Downey. Ms. Downey has produced some of the most popular television and movie entertainment in recent memory, including Dovekeepers, The Bible Series, AD The Bible Continues, Little Boy and the upcoming feature film from Paramount and MGM Ben Hur. She is committed to helping those in need and for that, The Salvation Army is pleased to recognize her for both her professional and personal achievements.

With well-wishers via video such as Cindy Crawford, Joel and Victoria Osteen, Nancy O’Dell, Amy Grant, Kathi Lee and Hoda, Rick and Kay Warren, Jeff Probst and an in person, heartfelt congratulatory message from the legendary Della Reese. The ballroom at the J.W. Marriott was filled with a spirit of grace augmented by special performances by Heavenly Joy Jerkins with her mother Joy Enriquez and a variety of songs by The Salvation Army musical groups. “The work of the Salvation Army has been a great inspiration to us as well” Ms. Downey said upon receiving her Sally Award “as we remember that sharing the “good news” includes the practical work of showing the love of God in very tangible ways.” 

For all the ways in which Roma Downey has turned the love of God into works for others, The Salvation Army salutes her.

The Salvation Army's Sally Awards Honors Roma Downey on October 1st at L.A. Live

LOS ANGELES (September 1, 2015) – The Salvation Army will present its Sally Awards to Actress/ Producer Roma Downey on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the J.W. Marriot at L.A. Live. The awards gala provides The Salvation Army, one of the premier social service providers in the greater Los Angeles area, a star-studded platform from which to celebrate people of great accomplishment who always find time to help others. The first Sally Award was presented to Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille, and Bob Hope, President Ronald Reagan and Dame Angela Lansbury followed in subsequent years. 

Ms. Downey has produced some of the most popular television and movie entertainment in recent memory, including Dovekeepers, The Bible, AD, Little Boy and Ben Hur.  She is committed to helping those in need and for that, The Salvation Army is pleased to recognize her for both her professional and personal achievements.

The Salvation Army provides more than $80 million in vital social services throughout Southern California each year, turning its motto of “Doing the Most Good” into tangible assistance to the homeless, the hungry, at-risk youth, veterans, seniors and anyone else who knocks on its door and asks for help. Proceeds from the 2015 Sally Awards will be used to support the ongoing delivery of the Salvation Army’s services.

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