Project Goodwill Challenges Aspiring Fashionistas to Create Looks From Unconventional Materials

WHO:  14 aspiring fashion designers from the community ranging from high school students and college fashion design students to professional designers /crafters; 300+ gala attendees; Fashion show judges: Joe Allen Brown, Professor of Theatre Arts at Texas Wesleyan University; Melina Mayfield-Williams, Assistant Buyer at Neiman Marcus; Kanani Mahelona, Design Consultant; and Debby Stein, Chief Improvement Officer at Riverside Arts District; and Celebrity fashion show judges Anthony L. Williams, winner of Project Runway All Stars 2018 and Demetria Obilor, WFAA-TV Channel 8 traffic commentator.

WHAT:  Goodwill Fort Worth will host Project Goodwill, a fashion show, design competition and fundraiser gala supporting the mission of the nonprofit. Aspiring designers from the community are tasked with designing wearable garments using $100 worth of unconventional materials from local Goodwill stores and presenting those looks in a runway show during the event. Previous participants have used materials including lampshades, album covers, tin-foil pans, air filters and more to complete their looks. The fashion show will be judged by industry professionals where contestants will compete for top honors in design materials and method, and runway presentation.

Project Goodwill, sponsored by Service Waste, benefits the mission of Goodwill – to empower people with disabilities, disadvantages and other barriers to employment so they may achieve maximum independence. All proceeds go to the Moncrief-Ryan Scholarship Fund supporting initiatives focusing on providing jobs and job training for the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, the disadvantaged and the disabled.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 3, 2018

6 p.m. – Cocktail hour and silent auction
6:45 p.m. – Dinner and Fashion Show
9 p.m. – Award presentation

WHERE:  Omni Fort Worth Hotel, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

WHY:  Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill Fort Worth’s 23 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.

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