The Salvation Army in Independence is hosting its first ever luncheon to kick off the 2013 Christmas campaign.

The Red Kettle Luncheon will be held next Tuesday, Nov. 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on 19677 East Jackson Drive.

Live entertainment will be provided featuring the family-friendly comedy duo “Bean and Bailey.” Emcee for the event will be 94.9 KCMO FM’s Dick Wilson.

The money raised during the luncheon will benefit The Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter, the only emergency shelter in Eastern Jackson County.

Tickets are $25 and are still available by contacting Ken Tompkins at 816-252-3200 or by email at

For more information about the First Annual Red Kettle Luncheon, contact Christi Campos at 816-872-9174.