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February 10, 2011 - RePurpose Couture by Goodwill

What: Goodwill Fashion show and clothing swap

Where: Infinity Park Events Center in Glendale

When: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Time: 5.00 p.m

Ticket Prices: $15 at the door

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries

Mistress of Ceremonies: Denise Plante, Host of "Colorado & Company" and 7 News M Lisa Hidalgo

Honorary Chairperson(s): Celebrity designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway

Models/Fashions: Designers from the Denver School of the Arts were Ally Lacey and Nina Mascheroni. Designers from Emily Griffith were Juan Carolos and Erika Evans. Designers from Career Education Center were Danae Chavarria, Edith Loya, Alejandra Solorzano, Aby Balderrama, Maddie Duke, Rachael Mora and Carly Jackson. Scheduled models included Jazmine Schipper, Erika Ruiz and Aaron Flores. Hair and Make-up by Estevan Garner, Stacey Joyce and staff of Parlour. Jewelry came from Fancy Tiger.

Donors: Emily Griffith, Dove Chocolate, Moyer Total Wellness, The Shoppe

Board of Directors: Chair: Todd Munson, JP Morgan Chase; Vice Chair: Carrie Mesch, MESCH Commercial Real Estate; Treasurer: Michael Ebedes, Grant Thorton; Secretary: Jason Romero, Wells Fargo Bank, NA; Honorary Board of Directors: Martin Pocs, DHR International; Tim Welker, Former CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver; Tricia Allen, Adams County; Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; Mary Bahde, Denver Auxiliary; Greg Ball, Marsh USA; Tracy Baumgartner, Comcast Cable; Kelly Brough, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; C. Dale Flowers, Flowers & Associates; Jean Lawhead, Delta Dental of Colorado; David Leonard, DJL Capital LLC; Scott Maierhofer, McCarthy Capital; W. Dean Salter, Holme Roberts & Owen; John Shunk, Messner & Reeves; Steven Swain, Qwest Communications; Dawn Taylor Owens, College in Colorado; Scott Worrell, CresaPartners; John Youngquist, DPS East High School;

 Special guest Mondo Guerra congratulates the winner of the fashion show: Maddie Duke
Special guest Mondo Guerra congratulates the winner of the fashion show: Maddie Duke

Goodwill Industries was born in 1902 with a simple mission; it collected used household goods and clothing being discarded in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were unemployed or bereft to mend and repair these items. The products were then redistributed to those in need or were given to the needy people who helped to repair them, John Fulton Lewis wrote a book about those early years called “For the Love of People.” This title describes what Goodwill Industries has been doing ever since. 


From its humble beginnings Goodwill has grown into an international non-profit that, in 2009 alone, created programs that helped more than 155,000 people receive fair employment benefits. They earned $2.5 billion in salaries and wages, and as tax-paying citizens, they contributed to the community. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 2002, Goodwill Industries launched an international workforce development initiative designed to integrate 20 million people into the workplace by the year 2020 and they are well on their way to doing just that. 

Clothing, furniture, toys, dishware and art are only a very few of the discarded items that Goodwill Industries re-uses, re-stores and recyles. The greatest thing that it saves from being discarded is people. The above numbers attest to the fact that Goodwill Industries vision statement “Every person has the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life”, is working and that there is still a lot of work to be done. To learn more about how Goodwill is working go to 

The challenges that Goodwill Industries faces are very serious; however that doesn’t mean that joy, laughter, creativity and just plain fun aren’t left out of the equation. This was proven abundantly on February 10th when Goodwill Industries presented the Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap. Partnering with celebrity designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame, some of Denver’s up-and-coming young fashion designers and students from Goodwill’s youth programs in local high schools were given a stage to exhibit their talents.

In the tradition of all exceptional fashion shows, guests were lavished with delicious food and beverages. The couture was not limited to the stage and show participants, but, of course was also flaunted by those in attendance.  Fabulous gowns, hats and accessories were in abundance. From his first appearance, Mondo was mobbed. Fans and admirers formed a line that spanned the length of the ballroom to get his autograph.

Mondo Guerra is a 32-year-old Denver native, who got his start in fashion by transforming thrift-store clothing into his own designs. Guerra graduated from the Denver School of the Arts in 1996. He went on to study art at the Community College of Denver. In 1999, Guerra won the Auraze portfolio contest which led to a job as head designer at a growing fashion company in New York City. Most recently, Guerra competed on season 8 of Project Runway. 

Denise Plante, host of Colorado & Company and Lisa Hidalgo, 7 News meteorologist emceed the event, while an army of Goodwill staff and volunteers worked on the myriad of details that made the event a huge success. More than 500 people were in attendance, packing the Infinity Park Events Center. More then a dozen fashion and related professionals were on hand to represent services and education related to the show.

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