Join our Virtual Red Shield Event on April 14

Mar 3, 2021

DATE: wednesday, april 14 | 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: virtual
TICKETS: $15 or $25


The Salvation Army of Kent County invites the community to its seventh annual Red Shield Event entitled “Pivoting Through Adversity with John O’Leary,” which will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 14 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. During this celebratory event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about how The Salvation Army’s programs have grown and changed during the pandemic, hear testimonials, and be inspired by national bestselling author and speaker, John O’Leary. 

Given less than a 1% chance to live after a childhood house fire, O’Leary’s transformational message about pivoting through adversity is timely for the current environment. 

Registration is now open and tickets can be purchased online. Ticket prices are $15 for regular or $25 to receive a copy of O’Leary’s latest book, “In Awe.” Registrations will be accepted until the day of the event and proceeds will directly benefit The Salvation Army of Kent County. Attendees who register by March 31 will receive a tasty treat in the mail to enjoy during the event.  

“During this past year we have all learned to adapt to ever-changing circumstances,” said Major Glen Caddy, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Western Michigan and Northern Indiana. “Our guest will inspire us to look beyond the need to survive to being able to thrive. We would love for you to join us and be inspired as we celebrate the ministry of The Salvation Army in Kent County during these very unusual times.”

The event, which will be emceed by Divisional Commander Major Glen Caddy and WOOD TV8’s Michele DeSelms, will be viewable via YouTube and a link will be provided to registrants via email. 

The Red Shield Event is The Salvation Army’s second largest fundraiser of the year behind the Red Kettle Campaign and raises money to help support the Army’s year-round programs and services.


Thank You Sponsors



Sponsorship packages are available by emailing Terry Blanding at [email protected] or look for details and pay online.


Keynote Speaker: John O’Leary

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given less than a 1% chance to live.

This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, “Overwhelming Odds,” in 2006. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

Today, John is the author of the instant No. 1 national bestselling book “ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life,” host of the top-rated Live Inspired podcast, and an inspirational speaker teaching more than 50,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired. His second book, “IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy,” was published in May 2020.

John’s emotional storytelling, unexpected humor, and authenticity will make his presentation truly transformational.

Recent Stories

Get Involved
Share Your Story

We would love to hear about your experience with The Salvation Army.

Share My Story


A gift to The Salvation Army helps someone in your community.

Give Now



Do Good in your community

Find Worship

Join us throughout the week for worship, fellowship, Bible study, meals, community service and fun.