SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota invites the public to its “Goodwill Christmas Musical Revue” concert on Tuesday, December 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at Keiser University (6151 Lake Osprey Dr., Lakewood Ranch). This event benefits the newly-formed Good Futures Program, which will help young adults transition out of the foster care system. Performing at the concert will be Goodwill Manasota Ambassadors – community members who work to support Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work.
“So many of our supporters are incredibly talented. We wanted to share their talents and bring this concert to the community as an evening of entertainment, singing, laughing and sharing the joy of the season,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, vice president of Goodwill Manasota. “There is an added bonus for the show: the $10 donation for tickets will go directly to help fund our Good Futures program. Many of the young people transitioning out of foster care have nowhere to turn and no direction – we want to help them realize their value and use community support to help them build more productive, happier futures.”
Goodwill’s Good Futures Program began as a partnership with the Children’s Guardian Fund, which provides resources that fill basic needs and enrich the lives of children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. The Children’s Guardian Fund works to ensure that every abused, neglected or abandoned child in the area has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem, and that financial assistance is available for the child’s health, educational and school needs.
“We are thrilled to know that Goodwill Manasota is committed to being there for young people who are transitioning out of foster care,” said Harold “Hal” Hedley, board president of the Children’s Guardian Fund. “While children are in foster or state care, our organization works to try and address each child’s physical and emotional well-being. But once they ‘age out,’ resources to guide them on their journey and help them achieve happy and successful lives are difficult to come by. Hopefully the Good Futures Program will become a powerful force for good in these young people’s lives.”
Miller will emcee and perform in the concert, which will be reminiscent of classic holiday shows on television. There will be a special guest appearance by one very jolly old soul; other guest performers include Trish McConnell, Kelly Davis Strausbaugh, Rob Davies, Susan Brennan, Nawal Elhajoui, Sharon Kunkel, Paula Murray and Debbi White.
Tickets are $10 per person and seats are limited; visit www.experiencegoodwill.org for reservations.
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 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. 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 Manasota is 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 www.experiencegoodwill.org.