Goodwill Meets OKC’s Runway

A nonprofit fashion show for all ages
Attendant Roger Oliver, left, and Rob Jenks, vice president of operations for Goodwill Industries, examine a sack of donated goods. Staff Photo by Paul Southerland.


What better way to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma than an interactive fashion show based on community efforts? Since the nonprofit was founded in 1936, Oklahoma’s Goodwill organization has provided a multitude of opportunities to help citizens recuperate and succeed– whether it be shopping for a job interview, finding clothes for one’s children, or snagging up furniture to repurpose a home. Goodwill goes beyond an abundance of apparel, as the Job Connection Center and Goodwill Career Pathways Institute were created in order to further assist countless Oklahomans. These services will provide “free access to training in computer skills, money management, job applications and more.” 

Visit the Oklahoma Contemporary on August 20th from 6-9 p.m. to attend the “Work the Runway” fashion show. Goodwill employees and Oklahoma-based social media influencers will be showcasing the duality of fashion found at the local nonprofit, along with music from DJ’s Carte Blanche, and an art display focused on recycled items. Goodwill CEO Jim Priest stated, “Our mission is to help people overcome challenges to employment.” With the “Work the Runway” fashion show, Priest hopes to create a sense of communal celebration for the work that individual Oklahomans have done with the help of Central OK’s Goodwill organizations. Priest emphasizes his contentment for Goodwill as a whole: “We are proud of the work we’ve done and look forward to continuing our efforts to provide Oklahomans with the resources they need to get back on their feet.”


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