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May 06, 2010 - Goodwill VIPs Celebrate Grand Opening of Another Essential Location

What: VIP sneak preview opening of the sparkling new Goodwill retail store in Parker

Where: 11000 S. Parker Rd., Parker, CO

When: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Host(s): George Bogdewiecz and Goodwill staff

President(s): Interim President/CEO: George Bogdewiecz

Staff: Store Manager: Scott Brethour

Welcome: Ric Berninzoni, VP of Retail Operations

Libations: Open bar

Catering: The Pines at Genesee

Music: Doug Yager Quartet

Of note: This is the 18th Goodwill and largest store to open within the network. Goodwill Industries of Denver plans to open several more in 2010

Attendance: 200

Attire: Business casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Artichoke spinach dip, raspberry meatballs, Mandarin chicken picks, pesto goat cheese canape's, vegetable assortment, spiced shrimp, crackers and hummus dip, cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries, pastries

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Proud store manager Scott Brethour, left, Jeff Ayers, Director of Retail Sales and Joe Michaels
Proud store manager Scott Brethour, left, Jeff Ayers, Director of Retail Sales and Joe Michaels

Michael was homeless at one time, and searching for a direction in his life, until he began a job at Goodwill. After much hard work and commitment, he is on the management track at Goodwill of Denver and has a very bright future.

Marcy is disabled and didn't really have a direction to her days. She now works for Goodwill of Denver and is proud of her job and her accomplishments.
Diego is a student in Denver Public Schools. He is tempted daily by gangs, drugs and chances to get in trouble. He started in the Goodwill mentorship program, and now has learned how to successfully interview, work towards goals and plan for future career options.
Debbie loves to shop and can't believe that she just found a high end label jacket for $6.99 at Goodwill.
It's obvious what all these people have in common: it's the opportunities and success stories found at Goodwill, and to celebrate these accomplishments and show off new directions, a jovial VIP pre-opening party was held at the sparkling, impressive new store at 11000 S. Parker Road in Parker on Thursday evening.
More than 200 guests marveled at the expansive direction Goodwill is taking with both this beautiful new store, full of treasures and bargains, and with the fulfillment of Goodwill's mission in providing more than 850 jobs, largely to disabled or disadvantaged people, and countless other opportunities through its career development programs throughout the community. Many people, when putting those designer shoes and leather handbags in their basket, don't realize these facts:
  • 90% of every dollar coming in to Goodwill goes back out to benefit programs.
  • More than 55 million pounds of goods are recycled by Goodwill each year.
  • Last year, Goodwill helped 36,000 people through job readiness training, mentorship and other self sufficiency programs.
  • While Denver Public Schools typically has a graduation rate of approximately 70%, those students involved in mentorship programs with Goodwill graduate at a rate of 90%.
  • Goodwill employs career development teachers in 26 area high schools.
Goodwill will be opening another new retail store in Boulder in June and has plans to open several more locations throughout 2010. For more information about Goodwill Industries of Denver, the new stores, or how you can become involved, log on to

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