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Released 20 May 2013

Knoxville, TENN As part of National Salvation Army Week (May 12-18), the Knoxville Area Command presented two awards at its recent Behind the Red Shield Events. 

The George Archer Award for Outstanding Service is presented annually in memory of former Advisory Board member, Mr. George Archer.  The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates the personal commitment, positive attitude, determination and passion that epitomized Mr. Archer’s life and service to God and The Salvation Army.  This year’s honoree was Mr. Bill Weigel. 

Mr. Weigel has served on The Salvation Army Advisory Board since 1985 and created the Weigel’s Family Christmas in 1999. Since then Weigel’s customers, employees and community partners have contributed thousands of dollars annually to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.  Each year the company adopts more than 150 children from the program, takes them on a Christmas shopping spree, and treats them to a Christmas party at The Salvation Army. 

“Mr. Weigel has been a trusted advisor and a faithful advocate of our work in the Knoxville community for nearly three decades,” said Major Albert Villafuerte, Knoxville Area Commander. “We are grateful for his service.”

The Partner in Mission Award is a national award that is presented to an individual who, by virtue of their professional standing in the community, demonstrates support of The Salvation Army in an extraordinary manner. This year’s honoree was Mr. Andrew Roberto of Brown and Roberto, PLLC. In addition to his service on the local advisory board, Mr. Roberto has mobilized his firm to serve meals in the soup kitchen, ring bells as part of the annual Red Kettle Campaign, host donation drives, and donate their Christmas advertising campaign to The Salvation Army.  He has also engaged his Sunday school class at Cokesbury United Methodist to host a quarterly event for the moms and children in The Salvation Army’s domestic violence shelter.  

“Andrew exemplifies a new generation of leaders in our community,” said Villafuerte.  “His humility, passion and creativity are an encouragement to both our staff and our advisory board members.”

For more information about the programs and services of The Salvation Army, call 525-9401 or visit SalvationArmyKnoxville.org.

 


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