The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command’s Fourth Annual Gathering of Angels event took place on the beautiful shores of Lake Jessamine at the Cypress Grove Estate House on Friday April 22nd and recognized Osceola County Commissioner Peggy Choudhry and her daughter Athena, along with numerous other individuals who have made a positive impact on the community and the Salvation Army’s mission.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of a new deluxe emergency service/food vehicle that will enable The Salvation Army to serve the hurting populations of Orange and Osceola counties in a more efficient manner.
The Gathering of Angels provides the Area Commanders, Captains Ken and Jessie Chapman, an opportunity to thank those individuals and organizations who made considerable contributions of time and treasure to the Salvation army’s mission over the last year.
The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command’s top honorees featured at this year’s event were:
Osceola Commissioner Peggy Choudhry received the organization’s highest honor, the “William Booth Award.” Named for the Salvation Army’s founder, the recipient is an individual or organization who goes above and beyond the normal gift and support of the Salvation Army’s mission, to meet the needs of suffering humanity without discrimination. Commissioner Choudhry has been a true champion for bettering her community and the people who live in Osceola County. Commissioner Choudhry continually lends her voice to the people served by the Osceola Service Center and works with the state and local governments to ensure funding and support is made available to better these lives. And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Athena Choudhry, Osceola Commissioner Peggy Choudhry’s daughter, received the Young Influencer Award for her commitment to using social media to raise funds and awareness for those in her community through the Osceola Hope Takeover campaign at Christmas. Choudhry led over a dozen TikTok and Instagram influencers to positively impact the Salvation Army’s cause.
Scott & Carmen Moscrip of the Acahand Foundation, who received the “Eric & Diane Holm Philanthropy Award” for their tireless efforts to fill the need wherever and whatever that need is.
Advisory Board member Tom Morris, who received the “Others Award” for his continued contributions to the Brian Smith Urban Outreach – serving over 400 people each week.
Attendees from Orange and Osceola Counties included members of The Salvation Army Advisory Board and Women’s Auxiliary, local business leaders, politicians, donors and guest speaker, Johnny Magic, host of Johnny’s House on XL106.7.
The event was sponsored by Title Sponsor A.T.A.P. COMPANIES – Dr. Jo and Buddy Hewell, Acahand Foundation, The Caritas Christi Silent Partner Fund, Simple Management Group, Tom Morris, McCree Construction, and A Walk In The Woods Mt. Dora.