Cokie Roberts delivers Keynote Speech at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s Annual Luncheon

News and Political Analyst, Cokie Roberts with Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Texas Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army, at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board's Annual Luncheon, at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston

Houston, TX (November 11, 2010) – Today, hundreds of Houston’s most influential supporters of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command gathered at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston to receive one of the nation’s most renowned news and political analysts, Mrs. Cokie Roberts as she delivered the Keynote Speech for the nonprofit’s largest single fundraising event of the year: the 2010 Annual Luncheon.  Supporters joined Luncheon Chairs, Maria and Neil Bush, and The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board in raising proceeds for the year round programs and services operated by The Salvation Army across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.

“If we want our country to succeed and for people in our country to do well we have to support organizations like The Salvation Army because that’s the way we get our kids into better situations,” said Cokie Roberts.  “The Salvation Army does such incredible work around the country and around the world, but especially here in Houston where the programs are incredibly expensive for older citizens, for children, for young moms, and of course, for the people who are homeless or on the streets.”

Winner of three Emmys, inductee to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, considered one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television, bestselling author, newspaper columnist, recipient of over 20 honorary degrees, and news and political analyst for ABC and NPR, Cokie Roberts delivered an engaging and entertaining journey through contemporary American history, as well as a comprehensive overview of the current state of the United States political climate.  Roberts, one of the few Americans to have been named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, encouraged attendees to continue supporting their local not for profit organizations, like The Salvation Army, to ensure the wellbeing of their communities.

“Cokie solidified, today, for all of us the importance of making an impact on our community through established organizations like The Salvation Army who spend every single day of the year working to make our community a better place,” the Bush’s expressed.  “Christmas is just around the corner and already The Salvation Army is making strides to help the thousands of local children and seniors who wouldn’t otherwise have a Christmas.  We are honored to know this event will give them a head start in doing what they do best, the most good.”

Among those present at the Annual Luncheon were Joanne King Herring, Diane Lokey Farb, B.A. Bentsen, Kathryn McGovern, Pierce and Lauren Bush, Terri and John Havens, Joan Schnitzer Levy, Shelby Hodge, Dorothy T. Nicholson, Ann and Hugh Roff, Nathalie and Charles Roff, Linda McReynolds, Margaret Love, and many others.

The Annual Luncheon is the largest, single, fundraising event of the year for the 121 year-old nonprofit organization, and all proceeds raised are used to support The Salvation Army’s various programs and services across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. These services include youth and senior programs, shelters, rehabilitation programs, transitional and affordable housing, social and Christmas assistance, counseling, and disaster relief, etc.

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