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November 12, 2008 - Happy Birthday Will!

What: Goodwill's 90th Birthday Bash at the Governor's Mansion

Where: Governor’s Mansion

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Host(s): Goodwill Industries of Denver

Founders: Rev. Edgar J. Helms in 1902

President(s): Tim Welker, President and CEO

Co-President(s): Rick Berninzoni, Kevin Jones, Kristen Blessman, Joyce Schlose and Sharon Kermeit

Entertainment: Magician Gregg Tobo

Attendance: 220

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Board of Directors: Tom Athenour; George Bogdewiecz, Chair; Kathleen Cook; Brent Drever; Richard Dutkiewicz; Bill Elsner, Secretary; C. Dale Flowers; Sam Freeman; Harold Klausner, Past Chair; Tamela Lee; David Leonard; Doug Linkhart; Scott Maierhofer; Carrie Mesch; James R. Meurer; Todd Munson, Vice Chair; Jason Romero; W. Dean Salter; Bill Schmidt; Van Schoales; John Shunk; Erin Smyth; Gully Stanford; Steven Swain, Treasurer; Dorothy Walker; Cliff Young

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Local philanthropist Barry Hirschfeld (left) talks to Tim Welker, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver (right).
Local philanthropist Barry Hirschfeld (left) talks to Tim Welker, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver (right).
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By Howie Grapek

Who is Will?

For the past month, the entire metro Denver area was asking the same question: Who is Will? There have been thousands of speculations; including some who guessed exactly who Will is. Today, the answer was revealed by Mayor John Hickenlooper during a party at the Governor’s Mansion.

Will is Popular - He's friends with 20,000 youth in Denver.
Will is Hip - He was green, before green was cool.
Will is Fly - He's got one of the largest closets in Colorado.
Will is Workin' It - He helps 23,000 people believe in the power of work.

Will is indeed Goodwill Industries of Denver, which is celebrating its 90th birthday in Denver this year.  Since 1918, Goodwill Industries of Denver has responded to the social and economic needs of the Denver community.

So what does all of this have to do with “Will”? The Will campaign was launched to let people know that when you shop, donate or volunteer at Goodwill, you help the organization serve 23,000 at-risk youth and disabled/disadvantaged adults in our community.

The Will campaign also created recognition for community support of Goodwill and encourages others to get involved. Without the support of our donors, volunteers, shoppers and agency partners, Goodwill could not have put millions in our community on the path to self sufficiency. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILL!

Goodwill Industries of Denver was recently selected as the 2007 non-profit of the year by the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Their mission is to ensure that every person in the community has the opportunity to live to his or her potential and to attain personal and economic self-sufficiency.

Goodwill's mission is “to ensure that every person in the community has the opportunity to live to his or her potential and to attain personal and economic self-sufficiency.” Goodwill believes in the power of work as a means to self-sufficiency and a transformational element in the lives of the more than 19,000 people served each year. Goodwill promotes sustainable change throughout the community and supports a growing economy through a model that provides education, training and opportunities to help the working poor, people moving from welfare to work, and disabled adults working to attain true self-sufficiency.

Goodwill serves as a link between the education and business communities by providing intensive, classroom-based career development services to more than 17,000 students in 27 area schools. These programs help students stay in school, graduate and prepare for post-secondary education or immediate entry into the workplace following graduation. Goodwill’s youth programs are proactive, prevention programs designed to help teens establish real-world connections between education, career development and the local business community.

For more information, please visit www.goodwilldenver.org

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