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Work the Runway 

SUPPORTING THE GOODWILL CAREER PATHWAYS INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Article by Andrew W. Griffin

Photography by Andrew W. Griffin & Provided

OKLAHOMA CITY – During a recent night in August, the halls of the Oklahoma History Museum felt as though it was passing through a time tunnel of the past 60 years as Goodwill associates “worked the runway” sporting fashions representing everything from the 1950’s to the early 2000’s.

As Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma CEO Jim Priest repeated, “Goodwill is a non-profit.”

Added Priest: “We want to raise money and educate people about what Goodwill does.”

And regarding this fundraiser – their second annual Work the Runway fundraising fashion show – the money raised will go towards supporting the Goodwill Career Pathways Institute scholarship program which provides free job training to youth, veterans and those re-entering the workforce after imprisonment.

“Work the Runway will be a unique experience for guests to celebrate sustainable fashion and support job training for Oklahomans in need,” Priest said. “The entire event provides a close view of what we do here at Goodwill which is helping people overcome challenges to employment.”

As we noted, this year’s theme is “Through the Decades.” As the men and women walk the runway sporting clothing that all came from Goodwill stores in central Oklahoma,

The interactive fashion show will feature music from DJ Carte Blanche. The Good Threads Boutique will come back this year with high-end vintage items from Goodwill stores for guests to shop. Guests can also reminisce and show off their outfits in a “glamour shot” photo booth.

“Throughout the event, guests will hear how Goodwill has helped transform the lives of our associate models while enjoying fashion, food, music and networking,” Priest continued.

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