The Goodwill Industries of Akron kicked off their sixth annual Taste of Vintage show this Thursday, November 17th 2011. The event took place at Quaker Station on Broadway in downtown Akron, with record-breaking attendance, sponsorships and donations. The Taste of Vintage show is one of Goodwill Industries of Akron’s biggest fundraisers of the year, and fundraise they did! With a silent auction, live auction, donor drive and more, Goodwill Industries of Akron raised several thousand dollars to put towards their mission.
The Goodwill Industries of Akron is a private, not-for-profit corporation that works to provide training, guidance and assistance for individuals in need of work. Their mission is to give a hand up, not a hand out. In 2010, Goodwill Industries of Akron gave over 7,500 individuals a hand up. The value of that contribution was close to $21 million in wages, money that went to buy food and services and pay taxes in local communities. Goodwill Industries of Akron services Summit, Portage, Ashland and Richland counties.
The event began with a silent auction and food sampling. Guests mingled while they tried food samples from over 50 local restaurants and catering services. Some restaurants involved included Great Harvest Bread Co, House of Hunan, Pearl Coffee Company, Saffron Patch of Akron, The Stew Pot Kitchen and more. Silent auction items were donated from Goodwill retail stores as well as community businesses and organizations and included gift baskets, children’s toys, artwork, costume jewelry, vintage purses, and much, much more.
A live auction hosted by Bob Vale of Benefit Auction Services ensued, but not before toasting the show’s guest of honor – Russ Vernon. Russell’s accomplishments range from Small Business Person of the Year to Ohio Delegate of small business to The White House. He is an active member of the community, and now among other things, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Hattie Larlham Foundation. Large prizes auctioned off during the live auction included a week long Disney Dreams Vacation, 14 karat white gold diamond pendant necklace, Ohio Luxury Inn and Golf Getaway, multi-course meal for 20 at historic Wytchwood, and four new tires from Goodyear.
The night concluded with a fashion presentation that showcased 40 of Goodwill Industries of Akron’s gorgeous vintage pieces, modeled by prominent women of the Akron community. Decades from the 1920’s to the 1980’s were represented, and each model was coiffed and styled perfectly with appropriate shoes and accessories. Laura Miller, Goodwill of Akron’s vintage expert, did a magnificent job finding the perfect garment to suit each individual woman. It truly was a spectacular showing. The garments completely transformed the night and transported guests into the nostalgia and fantasy of yesteryear.
To see pictures of the venue, silent auction items, guests, and vintage models, click through the slideshow. For more information on Goodwill of Akron’s Vintage Clothing Collection, please click here. You can get involved with next year’s Taste of Vintage event by visiting Goodwill’s website here.
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