SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Salvation Army of Savannah, in partnership with WSAV, found an exciting new way to present its annual fundraiser, The Ambassador’s Ball.

Because of the pandemic, for the first time ever, the event transformed into a virtual telethon in a variety show format, hosted by News 3’s Tina Tyus-Shaw and Patty Turner, host of The Bridge.

With your help, the Ambassador’s Ball goal of $50,000 was met and matched! Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, each donation was matched dollar for dollar, bringing the grand total for the event above $100,000.

A variety of items are up for auction until 10 p.m. Tuesday, including a Jekyll Island retreat, a new Gretsch guitar with various music lessons, and a staycation in Savannah. The winners will be listed on the Salvation Army of Savannah’s Facebook page here.

The Salvation Army Ambassador’s Ball Telethon featured several entertainment acts, including folk-rock band, Danielle Hicks and The Resistance, La Bodega Man, Savannah VOICE Festival artists Scott Joiner and Jessica Fishenfeld, American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) Gold Medalists Mikki Sodergren and Kim Michael Polote, and Phantom of the Opera star Carlton Moe.

We also heard from volunteers and staff, as well as those the organization helps every day.

Here’s a great reason to support the Salvation Army! Meet one of the organization’s many success stories, Anthony Dixon:

“Now more than ever, our shelter is in high demand again. We’ve had some other shelters in the community no longer able to take people in because of small outbreaks that are happening, so The Salvation Army is still saying yes,” said Major Paul Egan, Corps Officer. “The Salvation Army wants to be there to be able to help them out with their light bills, help them out with their rent and mortgage.”

Visit here to learn more about the work of the Salvation Army of Savannah and how you can help their mission.