Salvation Army – Tom Leyda
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Anthem Salvation Army volunteer receives 2014 Sally Award
Staff ~ 3/25/2015
ANTHEM – Tom Leyda, a long-time Anthem volunteer and rotary member, has been presented the 2014 Sally Award by The Salvation Army. The Sally Award honors an advisory board member for outstanding voluntary service to the Army. The award has been bestowed locally since 1963 and is the highest honor given by The Salvation Army's Phoenix Advisory Board to one of its members.
The presentation was made at the annual volunteer appreciation event, by the Salvation Army’s Southwest Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico and Advisory Board member Mike Karlson, 2013 recipient of The Sally Award.
Anthem residents may see Leyda during the holiday season ringing the bells at a kettle or collecting toys at a local retailer. Leyda is volunteer co-chair of The Salvation Army Anthem Service Extension. The unit helps North Valley families in need with rent, utilities, prescriptions, food, and other basic needs.
Leyda is also an active member of the Phoenix Advisory Board for The Salvation Army. He handles the logistics for the scheduling of more than 1,200 volunteers for the Valley’s Real Estate Wednesdays. Every Wednesday in December, members of the real estate industry including realtors, title companies, brokers, lenders and affiliates, volunteer to ring bells at more than 180 locations. Leyda spends countless volunteer hours assigning locations, and is the primary liaison between these real estate professionals and The Salvation Army.
“Tom’s contributions have advanced the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army, in immeasurable ways.” said Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico, Southwest Divisional Commander. “Real Estate Wednesdays alone accounts for more than $200,000 in donations that support our programs all year long. We are blessed to have Tom as a remarkable supporter of the Salvation Army, both in Anthem and throughout the Phoenix area.”
“Receiving the Sally Award was unexpected and really took me by surprise,” said Leyda. “It is an honor for me to work on behalf of The Salvation Army.”