Goodwill Leaders, Staff, Supporters and Customers ‘Work the Runway’ in Fashion to Support Career Pathways Institute | Community

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Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma (Goodwill) held its second annual Work the Runway fundraising fashion show on Friday, August 19 at the Oklahoma History Center.

This year’s proceeds benefited Goodwill Career Pathway Institute (GCPI), which provides free job training to youth, veterans and those re-entering the workforce after incarceration.

This year’s theme was “Over the decades.” Chief executive officer Jim Priest kicked off the evening with a toast to donors, sponsors, guests and Goodwill staff and beneficiaries in attendance.

While any attire was welcome, guests were encouraged to participate in the theme by wearing clothing inspired by 50s-2000s fashion.

Goodwill associates and local social media influencers came together to showcase and model various styles found in Goodwill stores.

The interactive fashion show featured the music of DJ Carte Blanche. The Good Threads store has returned this year with premium vintage items from Goodwill stores for customers to purchase.

Guests were encouraged to reminisce and show off their outfits in a “glamorous shot” photo booth.

To learn more about Goodwill and its mission, or to find a Goodwill store near you, visit

About Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma: Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma is a central Oklahoma nonprofit community agency with one outlet store, 24 retail stores and 17 busy donation centers and a Job Connection Center in 37 counties. Goodwill is a sustainable social enterprise that funds job training programs, job placement services, and other community programs by selling donated clothing and household items.

Note: Pat McGuigan of Oklahohmy sentinel city contributed to this story.
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