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Presbyterian Night Shelter seeking veteran nominations for Fort Worth “Community Champion”

Presbyterian Night Shelter announced in a release that it will hold its third annual “Worth Honoring Luncheon” presented by Bell on Thursday, November 8 – the day before Veteran’s Day – at the downtown Hilton Fort Worth Hotel from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The event is an opportunity to say “thank you” to those that have, and those that continue to diligently serve our country, while recognizing and honoring their many contributions to the Fort Worth community.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to support the invaluable efforts of Presbyterian Night Shelter in all they do to provide for those who have raised their right hand and often put themselves in harm’s way to defend their fellow citizens’ freedom,” said Vince Tobin, Executive Vice President of Military Business at Bell, in the release. “The men and women of Bell demonstrate our commitment to those who serve this nation under arms in how we do our jobs each day and we are committed to the mission to end homelessness for those who have served so unselfishly.”

Past recipients of the Community Champion Award include Colonel David Almand (U.S. Air Force Ret.) in 2016 and Major Jason Strickler (U.S. Air Force Ret.) in 2017. During last year’s second annual Worth Honoring Luncheon on November 9, 2017, nearly 100 service men and women were publicly recognized and honored for their commitment to serve both country and community.

“As we continue to create opportunities and pathways to eliminate homelessness in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the continued support of Bell through the Worth Honoring Luncheon is critical to the pursuit and achievement of this endeavor,” said Toby Owen CEO of the Presbyterian Night Shelter, in the release. “It is an honor for us to partner with a world-class organization like Bell to recognize the commitment local veterans have made to serving our country and making Fort Worth a better place. The support of Bell makes it possible for us to better serve the veterans, children, men, and women that are entrusted in our care each day.”

The third annual Community Champion Award will recognize and honor military veterans, who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made substantial contributions to the City of Fort Worth. Nominees must have either been born in Texas, entered military service from Texas, have been stationed at a military base in Texas or lived in Fort Worth for a minimum of 5 years. They must also have received an honorable discharge from U.S. Military Service or are currently on active duty status. Additional criteria and nomination details are available online at

The deadline for applications to be received in entirety is September 3. Five finalists will be selected by a distinguished panel, including:

  • David Almand – U.S. Air Force Retired 
  • Thomas Ames, Navy Reservist – Lockheed Martin
  • Scott McGowan – Bell
  • Aaron Rossiter – BNSF
  • Tim Taylor – Parking Concepts Inc.

Businesses and organizations may honor local veterans through luncheon sponsorships, starting at $1,000 for a table of 10. Each veteran honoree will be presented with a commemorative lapel pin and will be publicly acknowledged during the program.

Current sponsors include title sponsor Bell, media partner Fort Worth Business Press, along with BNSF, Republic Title Texas, Linbeck, Parking Concepts Inc., Texas Capital Bank, M. Gale & Associates, and Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP. The host committee includes Jason Grochowski, Terri Anderson, Richard Dorough, Sanford C. Sexhus and Nancy Spiker.

Individual luncheon and veteran tickets will be available online after October 1. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Brandon Nelson at 817.632.7477 or, or visit


For Fort Worth’s homeless, Presbyterian Night Shelter is the starting place where guests have the opportunity to ignite their journey from homelessness to home. Through various programs and by providing access to critical services and resources, the Shelter’s goal is to position guests where they are able to transition to a safe, stable, and independent lifestyle. Once achieved, the hope is that every guest is able to maintain their independence and continue their success beyond their time spent at the Shelter. As a zero-barrier shelter, all who are in need are welcomed. Across more than six-acres of land campus, Presbyterian Night Shelter has six facilities/areas that meet the needs of homeless men and women, veterans, women with children, and those battling with mental illness. Find out more on the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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