SARASOTA/BRADENTON, Fla. – Goodwill Manasota was recently visited by ten Girls Inc. Sarasota students shopping for back to school looks that could be reinvented to reflect their personal styles during their Shabby Chic Boutique Fashion Show on August 7, 2014, where their
new looks were debuted.
The fashion show is a part of the Girls Inc. Shabby Chic Boutique program, a fashion-related venture where students design and embellish fabric and donated items in a business setting while learning how to make updated looks, price inventory, set up displays, and even design and sell accessories and decorations.
“We were thrilled to partner with Goodwill Manasota on this exciting project. The Shabby Chic program is a way for the girls to express themselves, while teaching them the importance of being resourceful and independent,” said Kay Mathers, Director of Community Relations at Girls Inc. Sarasota. “Our purpose is inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold, and this program and fashion show fits right in to that mission. The girls learned valuable lessons and found a way to give back to their community, by shopping at Goodwill Manasota.”
The girls shopped and selected various items to build an outfit. Lunch was provided in a Goodwill Good Neighbor Community Room, where free community classes and events are regularly held.
During the fashion show, the budding designers on a budget showed off their transformed Goodwill finds. Whether they added beads and fringe to an old t-shirt, updated a pair of denim shorts with lace, bedazzled a purse and a few pockets, the girls found personal style while giving back to their community in a very fashionable way.
“We are so proud to support and partner with students and children in our community through events such as donation drives, giving challenges and ambassador activities,” said Bob Rosinsky, president & CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “The girls learned about our mission to change lives through the power of work, and the impact they can have at such a young age. That’s a lesson they’ll be able to carry throughout their lives.”
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, American Veterans & their Families Initiative, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodwillWorks, White Glove Services, Good Neighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. Goodwill Manasota is legally organized under the laws of the United States and the State of Florida. We are accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is NOT owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG.