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Fighter Pilot/PGA Pro Brings His Motivational Gusto to River Oaks Country Club

Hurricane Harvey Efforts Lauded as $570,000 is Raised

BY // 11.21.17

From one Major, Salvation Army area commander Major Kent Davis,  to another,  Air Force Major Dan Rooney, the messages of faith, strength and resilience resonated through the ballroom of River Oaks Country Club at the Salvation Army of Greater Houston annual luncheon.

A fighter pilot with three combat tours in Iraq, a motivational speaker and a PGA golf professional, Rooney shared his belief in the positive power of choice, the importance of moving from “I can’t” to “I will.”

“It is up to you to overcome challenges in your life. Those challenges shape you into who you are,” he told the gathering of 400. “Do not let ‘experts’ or your own fears get in the way of your dreams.”

The challenge of Hurricane Harvey was on the mind of Davis as he thanked supporters who contributed to the luncheon proceeds of more than $570,000 and those who supported the army during the hurricane relief efforts. He pointed to the fact that Salvation Army volunteers came from across Texas and the country to aid in the recovery effort.

Key players in the day’s success were luncheon chairs Beth and Jeff Early and army advisory board chair Joe Cleary. In his dual role as chair and emcee, Jeff Early introduced Sally and William Slick Jr. as luncheon honorees, the couple recognized for their long-standing support of the army. He has served on the board since 1973 and is an emeritus member of the Salvation Army National Advisory Board. She is a founding member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Houston.

Who: Linda and Dr. Walter McReynolds, Betty Hrncir, Nancy Willerson, Penny and John Butler, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson, Vicki West, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Deborah Dunkum, Dorothy Nicholson, Jane and Jim Wise, Dina Sauor, Rhonda and Morris Jones, Chris and Stick Delaupe and Greg Fenger.

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