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On October 25th the Salvation Army hosted its 3rd annual Expect Change Luncheon honoring the commitment and service of key changemakers celebrating their efforts to give back to Camden.  

The Salvation Army recognized both individuals and organizations including Campbell Soup Company, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson, Frank Robertson, and Majors Paul and Alma Cain of The Salvation Army. The keynote speaker was Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil. Under O’Neil’s leadership, the 76ers partners with The Salvation Army Kroc Center on several events and initiatives, most notably the annual 76ers/Virtua 3-day clinic that provides an amazing experience and an array of free gear for 1,000 children in the city.

The event, held at the Kroc Center highlights the valued partnerships and the impact on the Camden community and serves as the organization’s premier fundraising event, with all proceeds raised from the luncheon going towards various scholarship funds to ensure that the center’s activities, programs, and memberships are available to residents.    

The luncheon also kicks off the Salvation Army’s well-known Red Kettle season, and organizers highlighted the Camden Kroc Center’s full year of services and programs, which have a direct impact on more than 15,000 lives. Sponsors of the event included Holman Automotive, U.S. Facilities, and Rondo-Pak/Contemporary Graphic Solutions.

About the Awardees
Campbell Soup Company (Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Partner) is a committed and consistent major donor to The Salvation Army in Camden. This includes time, talent and treasure. They have established several large-scale, annual events that build community and serve Camden residents.

Horizon Foundation for New Jersey (Outstanding Foundation Partner of the Year) provides both financial and volunteer assistance including a campaign gift and annual programmatic support for outdoor health and wellness programs.

Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson (Outstanding Community Partner of the Year) lends support as a longtime friend to The Salvation Army. His efforts in safety, security and community building benefit the Kroc Center’s operations and date back to his participation in the campaign to build the center.

Frank Robertson (Outstanding Individual Partner of the Year), former chair of The Salvation Army Advisory Board of Southwestern New Jersey was instrumental in bringing $59 million in funding to Camden through a competitive, national process.

Salvation Army Majors Paul & Alma Cain (Outstanding Service) were monumental in bringing the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden to fruition. They worked on the design, construction, fundraising, programming and everything in between.  They celebrated the opening of the Kroc Center in October of 2014.

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