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The Salvation Army Announces New Advisory Board Members for 2013

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Released 5 March 2013

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - March 5, 2013 - The Salvation Army's Knoxville Area Command is proud to announce five new Advisory Board members for 2013. The new board members bring a wide variety of skills, expertise and experience to their new volunteer role with the organization. 

"This time of year is always bittersweet for The Salvation Army as we see five great, long-term advocates of our mission, including two past Chairs, step aside," said Area Commander Major Albert Villafuerte. "However, we are also excited about the breadth of experience that our new board members bring to The Salvation Army."

This year's new board members include Bruce Belden, a retired businessman from the Detroit area, Ola Blackmon-McBride, Vice President of the Knoxville Area Urban League, Roger Frazee, Vice President of Regal Entertainment Group, Scott Ferry, owner of Ferry Construction Services, and Captain Eve Thomas of the Knoxville Police Department. 

Ola Blackmon-McBride brings a unique perspective to her new role.  She formerly served as the Director of Programs for The Salvation Army for more than eighteen years.  "As a past employee, I know the work and I believe in the work that The Salvation Army does," says Blackmon-McBride.  "I welcomed the opportunity to give back to an organization that has done so much for our community."

The Salvation Army expressed gratitude for the service of the five members that rotated off of the Advisory Board as well. These include Mr. Dennis Upton (17 years), Mrs. Danni Varlan (14 years), Captain Monty Houk (5 years), Mr. Tim Eichhorn (4 years), and Mrs. Connie Bailey (2 years). 

For more information about The Salvation Army and its programs and services, visit or call 865-525-9401.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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