Greater Tulsa Reporter
BENEVOLENT ARMY: From left, Captain Jessie Chapman, The Salvation Army Associate Area Commander; Captain Ken Chapman, The Salvation Army Tulsa Area Commander; and Shane Fernandez and Marnie Glasgow Fernandez, 2017 William Booth Society Dinner Chairs are getting ready to host Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell at the 24th Annual Salvation Army William Booth Society Dinner, Tuesday, April 11 at the Cox Business Center.
Courtesy Salvation Army
Marcus Luttrell, author of the New York times bestseller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, will serve as the keynote speaker at the 24th Annual Salvation Army William Booth Society Dinner April 11 at the Cox Business Center. Luttrell, a United States Navy SEAL, received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his heroic actions on June 28, 2005.
Luttrell’s 2007, Lone Survivor, tells the story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing. An unparalleled motivational story of survival, the book is also a moving tribute to the friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain. A powerful testament to the courage, integrity, patriotism and community that forged these American heroes, Lone Survivor is an incredible account of teamwork, fortitude and modern warfare.
In January 2014, Luttrell’s amazing story made the leap to the big screen with the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock) and starring Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) as Luttrell. The film celebrated a historic open, earning the second biggest January debut of all time.
Luttrell joined the U.S. Navy in March 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in January 2002. After serving in Iraq for two years, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2005. As a SEAL, Marcus Luttrell was trained in weapons, demolition, and unarmed combat. He also served as Platoon medic.
The William Booth Society Dinner, named for The Salvation Army’s founder, is the largest source of funding for outreach programs that include the Center of Hope homeless shelter, Christmas assistance, and the six area Boys & Girls Clubs. The theme of the April 11 dinner is “Mission: Salvation” and will focus on the many programs The Salvation Army provides in the community that helps those in need with basic services, positive mentoring and rebuilding lives.
“We are very excited to host a true American hero, Marcus Luttrell, as we come together to help those who desperately need our help,” says Shane Fernandez, event co-chair with his wife, Marnie Glasgow Fernandez.
Past speakers for the dinner include: Deborah Norville, Tony Dungy, Paul Harvey, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, Walter Cronkite, Jay Leno, Tim Russert, Steve Forbes, President Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning and Bob Costas.
Committee members for the 2017 event include: 2017 WBS Committee Chairmen Shane & Marnie Fernandez; Mitch & Melinda Adwon; Pat Baldwin; Billie & Howard Barnett; Konnie Boulter; John Bowen; Jayme Cox; Sheila Curley; Camille Nassar; Emily & Todd Perkins; Cassie Reese; LouAnn Smith and Steve & Dede Soulé.
Major sponsors of the event include the Stevens Foundation, The Bovaird Foundation, The Barnett Family Foundation, The Borden Family Foundation, Cyclonic Valve, Charles and Peggy Stephenson, The Barnes Family Foundation, The Merkel Family Foundation, T.D. Williamson, Paul & Helen Sisk Trust, Asphalt & Fuel Supply, The Oxley Foundation, The Herald and Edna White Foundation and The Helmerich Trust.
For ticket and sponsor information, call DJ Morrow Ingram at 918-587-7801 ext. 124.