SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and Goodwill Manasota are partnering with Junior League of Sarasota to host the “Little Black Dress with Pop!” fashion show at Michael’s On East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota). The event, which takes place on Friday, July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature Junior League role models wearing little black dresses selected at area Goodwill retail stores and then embellished with a pop of color, with the help and creativity of local Girl Scouts.
In preparation for this event, Goodwill hosted a mentoring session with Junior League and Girl Scouts at its Honore Good Neighbor center in Sarasota. Junior League participants were teamed up with Girl Scouts to select simple black sheaths and then create looks to rival those on Project Runway. The girls interviewed the adult participants about their professional development and learned about what their jobs entail. Interview snippets will be aired during each model’s turn on the runway at the event.
During the mentoring session, Miss Central Florida 2016 and former Girl Scout, Samantha Hyatt, stopped in to give an inspirational talk to the Girl Scouts. She also provided some pointers to the Junior League models on posing and walking the runway.
“Today’s Girl Scouts are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Sue Stewart, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. “This is a unique opportunity for them to be inspired by the professional achievements and community service of the members of the Junior League, as well as by the vital support Goodwill provides to the community.”
“The Junior League is honored to serve as mentor-models for the Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida. In many ways, we consider ourselves the ‘grown-up Girl Scouts’ since core parts of our mission involve hands-on community service and developing the potential of women,” said Britt Riner, Junior League of Sarasota president. “The Junior League is convinced that beauty and good fashion need not come at a high price point; rather, true beauty comes from how you treat people and expressing yourself authentically. As many of our members who have been Girl Scouts can attest, the Girl Scouts and Goodwill help you do just that!”
“We’re so pleased to partner with organizations like the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, whose mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, and the Junior League, which is committed to improving the community through voluntarism and leadership,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller. “By pairing each Girl Scout with a successful Junior League role model, she can learn more about a possible career path and feel more confident about setting and pursuing her goals. Goodwill’s mission is to change lives through the power of work; it is entirely possible that this event will change numerous young lives through the mentorship of the Junior League.”
Guests are invited to wear their own little black dresses with their favorite pop of color at the event. Cost is $75/person; proceeds from the event to benefit Goodwill and the Girl Scouts. Call (941) 355-2721 or go to www.experiencegoodwill.org/events to purchase tickets online.
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 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 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 41 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.