Released 20 May 2013
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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
The George Archer Award for Outstanding
Service is presented annually in memory of former Advisory Board member, Mr.
George Archer. The award is
an individual who demonstrates the personal commitment, positive attitude,
determination and passion that epitomized Mr. Archer’s life and service
and The Salvation Army. This
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
Since then Weigel’s customers, employees and community partners have
contributed thousands of dollars annually to The Salvation Army’s Angel
Program. Each year the company
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.
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
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
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