The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County
Press Release

Local Celebrities To Ring Bells For The Salvation Army

$1.8 million raised in Milwaukee County so far

By - Dec 10th, 2019 02:56 pm

MILWAUKEE COUNTY – Local celebrities will gather at the Milwaukee Public Market on Thursday to ring bells in support of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. As of December 10, the Red Kettle Campaign has brought in $1.8 million in Milwaukee County. The goal for the 2019 Christmas season is $3.7 million.

Red Kettle Campaign donations support more than 80 programs and services in Milwaukee County, including the Feed The Kids summer meals program, The Salvation Army Toy Shop, the Backpack and School Supplies Program, Coats for Kids, Christmas Family Feast and the Emergency Lodge homeless shelter.

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee

HOW TO HELP: Donate in person at Milwaukee Public Market, text Celebrity to 24365 and select the celebrity kettle you would like to support or donate online at


  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Bernie Brewer (Milwaukee Brewers), East Entrance (St. Paul & Broadway)
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Bango and the Hoop Troop (Milwaukee Bucks), North Entrance (Parking Lot)
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Reggie Brown (V100), West Entrance (Water & St Paul)
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Molly the Dog, Center Entrance (St. Paul betw. Water & Broadway)
  • 12 to 1 p.m.: Ted Perry (FOX6), East Entrance (St. Paul & Broadway)
  • 12 to 1 p.m.: Ashley Luthern (Journal Sentinel), North Entrance (Parking Lot)
  • 12 to 1 p.m.: Lance Allan (TMJ4), West Entrance (Water & St Paul)
  • 12 to 1 p.m.: Homer Blow (, Center Entrance (St. Paul betw. Water & Broadway)
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Amanda Porterfield (CBS58), East Entrance (St. Paul & Broadway)
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Tenzin Rampa (Milwaukee Wave), North Entrance (Parking Lot)
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: 501st Legion Wisconsin Garrison (Star Wars), West Entrance (Water & St Paul)
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Steve Chamraz (TMJ4), East Entrance (St. Paul & Broadway)
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Faithe Colas & Darryll Fortune, North Entrance (Parking Lot)
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: 501st Legion Wisconsin Garrison (Star Wars), West Entrance (Water & St Paul)
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Tinker the Pony and friend Telula, East Entrance (St. Paul & Broadway)
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Dan Meyer (Publisher, BizTimes Media), North Entrance (Parking Lot)
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Salvation Army Band, West Entrance (Water & St Paul)

BACKGROUND: The Salvation Army first invited celebrities to ring bells during the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign. In 2014, The Salvation Army introduced a competition component to Celebrity Bell Ringing Day. Celebrities participate in a friendly competition by ringing bells for one hour. Celebrities collect money in their kettles at Milwaukee Public Market and from donations made online through a special link. The individual/group who raises the most money receives a traveling trophy and recognition at our volunteer luncheon. Past winners include: Katie Crowther of TODAY’S TMJ4 (2014), Christina Palladino of WISN 12 (2015), and Rebecca Klopf and Coreen Zell of TODAY’S TMJ4 (2016, 2017, 2018…they have now retired). The Salvation Army gives special thanks to every celebrity who has participated in the past and present for their support of the Red Kettle Campaign.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (Human Locally, 87 cents of every dollar raised is used to support programs and services in Milwaukee County.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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