Operation Save held its First Annual Save Banquet, Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the beautiful and rustic Rolling Hill Farms in Monroe, North Carolina. Twenty-five local businesses and churches invited more than 200 guests to attend. Our Mistress of Ceremony for the evening was Candace Salamone with Arcadia Homes. Speakers and Presentations given during the evening included David Cuthbertson of Carolina Development Service on our Water for Life Water Project, Tim Bonomo from Beaver Falls, PA on our Feeding Program, Pastor John Miller of Pleasant Hills Baptist Church spoke about our Ministry and Pastor Kenn Hucks shared information and a video on “The Mercy Project”. Candace Salamone also shared her connection with Operation Save. We were happy to have Pastor Jacques Jackson and his wife Mary in attendance all the way from Malawi, Africa to share some stories. Cindy Cox, with the Gospel Group Hosanna, end the evening with a beautiful song and video Presentation followed by our benediction from Congressman Mark Harris of North Carolina.
This Banquet was a huge success for many reasons. Through sharing our passion for our ministry during the evening, several people in attendance have offered volunteer services, others have felt led to go to Malawi on one of our next trips. As well as raising more than $86,000 for the ministry, and donations are still coming in, we were able to “unveil” the blueprint plans for our Building Program for our “Mission Team House & Training Center” to be built in Malawi, Africa.
We will be starting a Building Fund January 1, 2019 with an estimated budget of approximately $420,000. Watch for text messages, email blasts and information on our website in the near future.
This event would not have been possible without the volunteers that took care of every detail. Operation Save would like to gratefully thank those volunteers that organized this event. Special thanks to Angel Tryon, Patrick Tyson, Marvin Tarlton, Donald Thomas, Monty Huntley, Wanda Adcock, Renee Wright, Carolyn Eubanks, Tim Bonomo, Pastor John Miller, Pastor Kenn Hucks, David Cuthbertson, Candace Salamone, Robin Flynn, Wayne & Chris Drake, Clint & Stephanie Hill, David Helms & Sandy Fine Helms, Billy Canupp, E.J Muller, Nick & Alex Hunter, Matt Campbell, Stephen Watkins, David Wood Stan Stegall, Mark Harris, Pastor Jacques & Mary Jackson.