Nov. 19: Evangelical Leader Dr. Tony Evans to Deliver Keynote at The Salvation Army’s 2019 Doing the Most Good Luncheon

Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, will be the keynote speaker at The Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good 2019 Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 19 in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the fundraising event help The Salvation Army provide important services to meet human need in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Ellis Counties in North Texas. The services include food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, drug and alcohol addiction recovery, and financial assistance, financial education, and employment training for people living in poverty.  

In 2018, The Salvation Army served nearly a million meals at its North Texas centers. It also provided shelter for 6,583 men, women and children, substance abuse rehabilitation for 2,319 individuals, and distributed 56,234 bags of groceries to help struggling individuals and families. In addition, the organization provided Christmas assistance to 15,339 families and 50,051 children and special-needs adults.

“We’re so privileged that Dr. Tony Evans will be with us as keynote speaker at our annual luncheon,” says Major Jonathan Rich, The Salvation Army’s North Texas Area Commander.  “He’s such an important and longtime leader in our community. With Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship’s emphasis on social services, Dr. Evans has a special focus on helping the poor that can energize our guests about their commitment and support of The Salvation Army in North Texas.”

Dr. Evans is widely known for the way he addresses the practical issues of today. He has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 40 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to currently more than 10,000 members over 100 ministries.

Dr. Evans is the first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and has served as an associate professor there. He has served as chaplain for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks for the last three decades, the longest standing NBA chaplaincy on record. He has also been chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys.

Introducing Dr. Evans will be Jim Denison, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. Denison speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He produces a daily column which is distributed to more than 113,000 subscribers in 203 countries. He also writes for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian PostCommon Call, and other publications.

Luncheon leadership includes co-chairs Denny Carreker, Vice Chairman of Jetlinx Dallas, and Carol Huckin, a local civic leader. Terry and Robert Rowling are honorary chairs.

The annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon has evolved into one of the top fundraising luncheons in North Texas. Past luncheon speakers have included Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Former President George W. Bush, J.C. Watts, Blake Mycoskie, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karen Hughes, Edsel Ford, Chuck Norris, Amy Grant, Wynona Judd, and John Voight.

In 2018, The Salvation Army provided:

  • 989,421 meals to the hungry
  • $2,361,706 in financial assistance
  • 269,727 nights of care to men, women, and children
  • 56,234 bags of groceries for struggling individuals and families
  • 364,713 Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree program

Luncheon tickets are $300 each, and sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $250,000.

For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact Vanessa Palmer at 214-637-8229 or


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