An opportunity to double its money is rare, so the Salvation Army is pulling out all the stops for its annual fundraiser luncheon.

Tickets are $25 a piece for the annual Soup, Soap, Hope lunch on Wednesday, June 21, at noon, which features a soup and salad lunch at Guymon Petro Restaurant along with three or four stories from some who have been helped by Salvation Army programs.

"We’ll have some positive stories about people who came in and worked hard getting the help they needed," said Lt. Enrique Coreano. "It’s a good way to get out to the community the good work we’re able to do with the community’s help."

The fundraiser will benefit Pathway to Hope, a 1-on-1 program to help an individual or family change their lives.

"It’s a way to teach people how not to be poor again," Coreano said. "They meet weekly with an advisor who guides them — like a life coach — to make better decisions and get their lives on a better path.

"It’s a great program and we have a chance to put twice as much money into it due to a matching grant."

Coreano said the Salvation Army hopes to raise $5,000 on the day, meaning $10,000 into the program.

"We’ve done well with ticket sales and such, but we haven’t met our goal," he said. "We will have a limited number of tickets available at the door and people can get tickets through the Salvation Army."

For more information, to sponsor a table or to get tickets, call the Salvation Army office at 620-225-4871.


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