Top administrators leaving Augusta's Salvation Army

Capts. Todd and Wilma Mason are leaving The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta for Atlanta.

The top administrators of The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta will leave Augusta for a new assignment in Atlanta in June.

Capts. Todd and Wilma Mason end their leadership in Augusta on June 17 and begin new positions as staff officers for The Salvation Army training college in Atlanta three days later.

The announcement was made at the organization’s annual luncheon service Tuesday. The new officers for Augusta are Capts. Tony and Vicki Perez, who will come from High Point, N.C., to begin June 20.

Under the Mason’s leadership, the Kroc Center of Augusta came to fruition, said advisory board member Ben Watts.

The Masons were also dedicated to the Center of Hope and guided staff members in their work.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, The Salvation Army honored volunteers and contributors.

According to the organization’s 2011 annual report made available at the meeting, the emergency shelter, social services program and residential treatment program provided shelter for 38,656 people and served 115,757 meals. An additional 56 people were served in the job skills training program.

For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the organization earned $5.7 million in revenue. About $3.7 million was spent on direct service and program costs.

The volunteer of the year award was presented to Thomas Watkins, of Augusta. Watkins began volunteering at the organization’s soup kitchen before joining the emergency disaster services team. He was deployed to Pennsylvania for nine days last fall to provide relief services in a flooded region.

“Without these volunteers, we certainly would not get done all that gets done in this community,” Wilma Mason said.

The Columbia County 4-H Club was recognized for raising $4,137 during the annual holiday Red Kettle collection, the most collected by a group in the bell-ringing campaign.

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