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The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is a volunteer, educational and fundraising arm of The Salvation Army in the Greater Houston Area Command.

The Auxiliary sponsors initiatives that enrich the lives of Houston citizens by meeting them at their point of need. These initiatives include:

  • Angel Tree, a program providing clothing and toys for children and senior citizens at Christmas;
  • The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs, providing character development, educational opportunities and musical training through education and recreational programs;
  • Family Residence, a residential facility with programs designed to transition homeless women and families back into the community;
  • Sally's House, a transitional residential facility with programs serving single homeless women as they strive to live effectively without drugs and alcohol;
  • Reflections on Style Runway Show, Luncheon and Chic Boutique our annual spring fundraising event;

Additionally, the Auxiliary provides funding for a variety of projects in the Greater Houston Area Command.

For more information, please call 832-201-8023.



Chic Boutique Four-Day After Sale
April 16, 2015
after sale 2015
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After the Reflections on Style event at River Oaks, all the Chic Boutique merchandise is moved to our Chic Boutique After Sale, located at 6010-C Washington Avenue. Here, the public will have an opportunity to shop for great deals from Wednesday to Saturday. On Wednesday, shoppers are asked to donate $20 in order to shop before everyone else. From Thursday to Saturday, the Chic Boutique is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Reflections on Style Chic Boutique, Runway Show and Luncheon
April 14, 2015
ROS Chic Boutique 2015
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ROS show and lunch 2015 
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On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Women's Auxiliary hosted our 11th annual Reflections on Style Chic Boutique, Runway Show and Luncheon at River Oaks Country Club. The honoree of the event was Jan Duncan. The Event Chair was Gina Saour. The Chic Boutique opened at 10 a.m. for shopping and the Runway Show and Luncheon started at 11:30 a.m. Attendees had an opportunity to show at the Chic Boutique until 2:45 p.m. and bid on items during the silent auction. 

Easter Party
March 28, 2015

SAWA Easter Party
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It was a glorious day! God provided the most beautiful weather for the 2015 Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Easter Party! SAWA provided a host of volunteers to hide the hundreds and hundreds of eggs for the exciting Easter Egg Hunt. Other volunteers helped with Face Painting and Games. Still others served a picnic lunch. Judi McGee made sure to share the Easter
message by bringing her two donkeys to her front lawn and talking the Biblical role of the donkey in the Easter story. Judi also reminded children and adults both to focus on the blessing of Jesus' resurrection and the fact that the egg at Easter represents New Life.
All in all it was a picture-perfect occasion.  The photographs of the events during the day speak for themselves: many, many children smiling and playing and having fun and checking out their prizes and gifts from the Easter Egg Hunt! The serving 350 Easter cupcakes closed the afternoon's events and many happy children left Judi McGee's Gray Wolf Farm well fed and exhilarated from many Easter holiday activities.



Easter Party Preparations
March 2015
SAWA Easter Party Prep
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It takes many hands to put together 180 gift bags for the children. Auxiliary Executive Members worked recently to stuff candy and toys and stickers in gift bags to distribute to the children attending the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for March 28 at Judi McGee’s Gray Wolf Farm. Besides filling gift bags, volunteers have been filling hundreds of eggs with candy, toys, and dimes, nickels and quarters. Each child will be able to find many, many eggs and enjoy a very exciting time at the all-day Easter event. We will need many Auxiliary volunteers on that Saturday to help with hiding the eggs, doing face-painting, serving a picnic lunch, etc.
You will also see pictures of McCoy Workplace Solutions volunteers helping stuff plastic Easter Eggs for the Easter Party. McCoy is a great friend of the Auxiliary and has been helpful to our Reflections on Style event with storage and transportation for years. Auxiliary Member Debby Leighton has worked at McCoy for years, and she has been our liaison with them.

Spring Forward Tea
March 5, 2015
SAWA Spring Forward Tea
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Thursday, March 5 was the day that ladies from Sally's House and Family Residence were hosted by The Hilton Americas for a Spring Forward Tea. Several Auxiliary Ladies were in attendance as well. The event was chaired by Betty Hrncir and Diane Gendel in the Skyline Room of The Hilton. Auxiliary Member Helen Perry was the speaker for the afternoon. Helen brought her pianist Joey Boesch along with her as part of her presentation to the ladies regarding manners, dressing and presenting oneself for job interviews and motivating oneself to succeed. Among her many talents, Helen is a Corporate Speaker, a teacher of manners to children, an organizer for women's closets, and a wonderful humorist and "in-house comedian" for our Auxiliary.

Women's Auxiliary General Meeting and Spring Membership Tea
February 18, 2015
Spring Tea and General Membership 2015
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February 18, the Auxiliary had our Spring Tea and General Membership Meeting at the home of Penny Loyd. God provided the most brilliant and beautiful day for our Auxiliary's Tea. The Harbor Light Choir sang for guests as they arrived. Betty Tutor and Carolyn Mann chaired of this event. Approximately 150 Auxiliary members enjoyed a lovely Tea and learned about volunteer opportunities that our Auxiliary offers. A highlight of this Tea and General Meeting was the presentation of the Nominating Committee's slate of officers for next year. Jane Wise, our Nominations Chair, presented the slate which was voted on and approved by the membership.
The slate for 2015-2016 is as follows: President – Diana Delaup, Vice President/President Elect – Nancy Willerson, Recording Secretary – Laurie VanderPloeg, Treasurer – Judy Chong, Historian – Mary Maxey, Parliamentarian – Lilly King, Chaplain – Deborah Dunkum.

Official Opening of Chic Boutique
February 17, 2015
SAWA Chic Boutique Opening
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As we gear up for our major fund raising event, our Reflections on Style Luncheon, Runway Show and Chic Boutique, the Auxiliary has been very busy at our Chic Boutique location at the corner of Washington and Westcott. Our Official Opening of the Chic Boutique was held February 17 with Chaplain Deborah Dunkum presenting a blessing and Chic Boutique Co-Chairs Rhonda Jones and Kathryn King Coleman beginning a training session for volunteers.
UPDATE: Volunteers have been working three days a week since the opening day to get our donated couture clothes organized, hung, tagged and priced so that we will be ready for our April 14 Reflections on Style event at the River Oaks Country Club. We seem to have more wonderful clothes and accessory donations than ever and more wonderful Auxiliary volunteers working each week.    

The last picture is a photo of our Silent Auction Committee. Amanda Gelb and Jan Rhodes are the Silent Auction Chairs. They have collected over 40 wonderful items for the Silent Auction including designer handbags, beautiful furs, exquisite jewelry, and a 4 night stay in an exclusive hacienda in Mexico. All these items and more will be of keen interest to ladies attending the Style Show on April 14. 

Reflections on Style Kick Off Tea
February 3, 2015
Neiman Marcus
Reflections on Style Kick Off Tea
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On February 3, Carol Sharpe and Brenda Devore chaired our Reflections on Style (ROS) Kick Off Tea. It was a great success. We had a record crowd in attendance in the Couture Salon of Neiman Marcus. This event celebrated our SAWA Reflections on Style honoree Jan Duncan as well as the other underwriters of our ROS Luncheon, Runway Show and Chic Boutique. Our Reflections on Style is our major Fund Raiser and will be held at River Oaks Country Club on April 14. The Kick Off Tea featured "re-made and updated designer clothes" which is a highlight of the event. The experts at Neiman Marcus take a few slightly dated designer dresses, gowns and accessories and make them into fabulous modern day chic runway-worthy outfits. These re-made designer dresses are a hit on the Runway.

Gift Wrapping at the Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) 
December 16, 2014
ARC Gift Wrapping
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Each Christmas several volunteers gather at the Adult Rehabilitation Center to help wrap gifts for the residents there and their families. This is a very easy but helpful volunteer activity for SAWA during the holidays. Lynn Murphy and Kathryn King Coleman were wonderful chairmen of this event.

Bell Ringing
December 12 & 13, 2014
SAWA Bell Ringing
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Each December Auxiliary members can volunteer at a Salvation Army Red Kettle location and ring the bell to encourage Christmas giving. This year we rang the Kettle Bell at the Walgreens on West Gray. The Harbor Light Choir added song and a festive spirit to our SAWA volunteers' ringing and saying, "Merry Christmas." This is an activity where Auxiliary members
can bring husbands and children and grandchildren to share in the spirit of Christmas and the Salvation Army's familiar Christmas fund-raising efforts. This year Debby Leighton and Joella Mach chaired this activity for our Auxiliary.

The Women's Auxiliary volunteers at Santa's Secret Warehouse
December 9, 2014

SAWA at Christmas Warehouse
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Our Santa’s Secret Warehouse December 9 work day was an amazing success this year. We had somewhere between 70 and 80 Auxiliary members come to volunteer. The spirit and atmosphere of wanting to be of service were heart-warming. We followed Chairman Laura McWilliams’ suggestion to have two shifts---both a morning and an afternoon shift with lunch served at midday. This gave us double our normal number of volunteers because a new group of Auxiliary ladies seemed to like the opportunity to tackle an afternoon shift. For all of you who have ever worked the warehouse, you will understand when I say that we seem to have a new “Christmas sound” to associate with the Army besides the bell ringing---and that is the sound of squeaky grocery baskets being pushed by a hoard of volunteers  through Santa’s warehouse. Working the Warehouse is a wonderful way to experience the Christmas spirit and to enjoy doing for others during this blessed season.

The Women's Auxiliary volunteers manning booth at Mall Angel Tree program
December 2014

SAWA Mall Angel Tree
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Our Auxiliary participates in several Christmas projects which are a highlight of our year. Before Christmas even begins, our Auxiliary members have an opportunity to adopt an angel at our Fall Membership Tea. Then in December the Auxiliary works a public location to pass out angels for adoption to the general public. This year our Auxiliary ladies worked at the Angel Tree location at Memorial City the weekend of December 5 and 6. We had a wonderful group of volunteers including many of our new members volunteering for the first time. Auxiliary Member Leslie Devillier even brought her daughter to help volunteer. While working the Mall, it was heart-warming to see a group of teenagers adopting an Angel as a group and coming back happily with presents and toys for this child. It was exciting to help a woman who had never heard of the Angel Tree experience the excitement of adopting an angel and participating in the real meaning of Christmas. It was so special so see a mother bringing her daughter to adopt an angel because her own mother had brought her to adopt an angel many years ago—passing the tradition and passing on wonderful values. Our Auxiliary is blessed to be able to participate in this wonderful project sponsored by the Salvation Army.

Fall Tea at Family Residence
October 22, 2014
SAWA Fall Tea at Family Residence
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The Auxiliary sponsored a Tea for the ladies of Family Residence in October.  SAWA volunteers helped put together gift bags, flower arrangements gifts, and refreshments for the ladies. A make-up artist presented  the program for the afternoon and she demonstrated make-up do’s and don’ts. She also talked to the ladies about places to find the best make-up choices for the best price. SAWA volunteers had lots of fun interacting with the residents talking about make-up and ways to look one’s best.

Over $500,000 grant monies awarded to Corps and Boys and Girls Clubs at the Fall Membership Tea
September 23, 2014
SAWA awards monies 2014
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The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary welcomed 180 ladies to its Fall Membership Tea held at Bobbie Nau's home in River Oaks on September 23. Auxiliary members and guests enjoyed the music of the Harbor Light Choir as they entered Mrs. Nau's home. Membership Chairman Kristy Lietdke was positioned to accept new memberships and Directory Chairman Justine Klinke passed out Auxiliary Directories to members. The highlight of the Tea was the awarding of over $500,000 in grant monies to Houston Area Corps and Boys and Girls Clubs.  These funds for distribution were raised last spring at our highly popular and successful fundraiser called Reflections on Style Luncheon and Runway Show held at River Oaks Country Club.  Our Chic Boutique in collaboration with the Style Show contributed to the bottom line as it featured and sold "gently used" designer clothes to luncheon attendees and "fashionistas" looking for a bargain at our After Sale.