Support Your Local Mayor And Help The Salvation Army

Chris Sommer
December 14, 2018 - 4:35 pm
The Salvation Army

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Support your local mayor and help the Salvation Army.

On Saturday, December 15, mayors from ten North Texas cities will compete to raise money in their respective cities for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army's Lt. Timothy Israel said the yearly challenge has become a good-natured and highly-spirited competition among the city leaders, "Many of the mayors have community partners, community groups that come out and man a location for them.  Also, they tend to try and get some attractions at their different sites to draw more people.  I think we have one mayor who's having Darth Vader and some Storm Troopers coming to his location.  Mayor (Jeff) Williams in Arlington is having the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders appearing at his location.

The first Mayoral Challenge in 2009 raised about $11,000.  Last year's effort, involving six mayors, brought in nearly $100,000.

Lt. Israel said Mansfield Mayor David Cook has been involved in the challenge since the beginning.  Israel said, "It's really become a big community effort for the City of Mansfield.  They take a lot of pride in winning the Golden Kettle (for the most donations collected) each year.  So far, they've won it eight out of the nine previous years, so they're trying to make it nine out of ten this year."

Here are the Mayoral Challenge locations for Saturday:

Euless Mayor Pro Tem Tim Stinneford, Kroger, 1600 N. Main, Euless (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, Decorator's Warehouse, 3708 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington (10 a.m.-noon)

Dalworthington Gardens Mayor Laurie Bianco, Campo Verde Restaurant, 2918 W. Pioneer Parkway, Dalworthington Gardens (3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Mansfield Mayor David Cook, Walmart Supercenter, 930 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Pantego Mayor Doug Davis, Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2610 W. Pioneer Parkway, Pantego (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Hurst Mayor Henry Wilson, Walmart Neighborhood Market, 720 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst (10 a.m.-11 a.m.)

Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, Kroger, 2109 Harwood Road, Bedford (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino, Kroger, 7201 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills (5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.)

Kennedale Mayor Brian Johnson, Walmart Supercenter, Merchandise Door, 4800 US Hwy. 287, Arlington (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter, Raising funds through Countertop Kettles