BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Meghan Elizabeth Trainor, 24, an American singer-songwriter known for her singles "All About That Bass" and "Lips Are Movin," took the stage today at AT&T Stadium to kick off The Salvation Army's 128th annual Red Kettle Campaign. Meghan Trainor at halftime during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins on Fox. Since 1997, the Gene and Jerry Jones family, owners of the Cowboys, have collaborated with The Salvation Army to raise nearly $2.4 billion for the Red Kettle Campaign, which provides America's most vulnerable with food, shelter and other support throughout the year.
"Watching football together is a huge tradition for my family, even more so on Thanksgiving, so it's surreal to be able to perform today," said Trainor. "The fact that this is helping raise awareness for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign makes it even sweeter."
"Meghan's energy is contagious, and I know she is going to put on a fantastic show and give this campaign the kickoff it deserves," said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory board chairperson for The Salvation Army. "We've been hosting this kickoff for more than 20 years, and each year it gives me such pride to watch the artist on stage and know how many lives are going to be impacted over the course of the season. It's truly amazing what The Salvation Army is doing."
"We look forward to this day each year for multiple reasons," said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. "Not only is it a day to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, but we get to shine a light on some very crucial issues our own neighbors are facing. Nearly 40 million people in the United States are facing poverty, and it's our mission to give them the support they need."
Shawn W. Anderson