SEBRING - The Salvation Army of Highlands County held its annual awards luncheon Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Sebring.
Held in the church Fellowship Hall, 125 S. Pine St., about 200 Salvation Army volunteers and supporters and their friends and family gathered for a sandwich lunch and listened to keynote speaker Maj. Peggy Dick, director of the Salvation Army Florida Division Volunteer Services, Tampa, speak about the importance of volunteering and the impact it makes on the lives of volunteers and those they're serving.
Among the awards given were for volunteer work at the family store and during Thanksgiving and Christmas, which includes "Adopt-A-Family," "Bear Dressing," "Toy Drives," "Toy Shop" and "Kettle ringers."
"This is to thank our volunteers for their help all year long; if it wasn't for these people, we wouldn't have a Salvation Army in Sebring," said Maj. Bruce Stefanik, director of the Sebring branch.
Those attending the luncheon included Sebring Mayor George Hensley, Sebring Chief of Police Thomas Dettman and Highlands County Commissioner Greg Harris.
The luncheon guests were entertained by the The Salvation Army Florida Division Music & Creative Arts Department Brass Ensemble.