Color me Goodwill: A Fusion of Fashion, Art and Food for a Mission
There is a fine fluidity that exists in Asheville; one that is grounded in and flourishes in the rich history of community and art. Anyone who is anyone knows this dynamic duo plays an intricate and necessary role in making Asheville, well, Asheville. But what if you add a third dimension to the mix: integrating a local non-profit’s aim to increase awareness of the impact of the community’s donations and financial support on its programs, services and the environment? How can an organization that has historically not been rooted in the arts, beholden to a sector where the fundraising clock never stops, think outside of the box and while doing so, make it personal, unique and fun? Goodwill rose to the occasion last night and answered brilliantly through their “Color Me Goodwill: A Fusion of Fashion, Art and Food for a Mission,” held at The Venue, in downtown Asheville.
MC’d by Susan Reinhardt, author, speaker and beauty consultant, and coordinated by fashion model and actress, Sarah Merrell, the evening showcased the phenomenal talent of local designers’ transformation of average second hand clothing into runway-ready fashion ensembles. Each of Goodwill’s six programs, including workforce development for adults, persons with disabilities, veterans and former offenders, was represented via beautiful models and energetic program participants in various teams of colored themes. They took to The Venue’s runway, in step with the musical talent of Eric Everett of Asheville Party, and flash art paintings from some of the city’s finest artists. Attendees overflowed The Venue’s seating capacity to standing room; hundreds of community members were entertained, educated, and involved in the mission of Goodwill’s programs and services. Ticket sales will be used to raise further awareness of their extensive offerings.
The event exemplified the endless possibilities of Asheville’s creative soul. The evening was anything but shy of an aesthetically personal integration of the community’s collectiveness and humanitarian roots. Finally, attendees were able to vote for their favorite color designer and artist.
Over-the-head high fives to Goodwill, The Venue, and all of the amazing designers, artists, businesses and most importantly, Asheville, for exemplifying the endless possibilities of our community’s creative soul!
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