Goodwill’s Glitter Gala on Nov. 4 at the Seattle Sheraton was a glitzy affair with a fashion show and jewels up for auction. But, the sparkly event had a tone of mission and purpose. The fashion show showcased designs created by clothing from the Goodwill stores and the fundraising efforts will help continue and develop job training and lifestyle skills for disadvantaged people and communities of color. Wayne Lau, a member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors, and it’s in-coming Chair, said, “I know most who go in for the training are immigrants, and that compelled me to be a part of [Goodwill’s board]. I find that valuable.” One of Goodwill’s soon-to-be graduates of its retail and customer service job training program, Bradford Jones, 44, said of Goodwill, “I’m thankful for it, because it furthers my life,” he said. I’m hoping to get on the right track and do things differently. Goodwill has allowed me to turn those things around.”
Al Sugiyama, the former executive director of the Center for Career Alternatives (CCA) has partnered with Goodwill for many years to promote a diverse workforce and offer work opportunities for disadvantaged people.
“Goodwill has an appropriate name,” said Sugiyama. “They’ll help if you need assistance.” In the summer, the CCA and Goodwill enjoyed a joint partnership for participants to learn about the environment and gain job skills. “Goodwill funded that out of their own pocket because they want to see individuals in the community working and learning.”