Goodwill to mark 85th year with ‘Work the Runway’ – The Journal Record

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Lillie-Beth Brinkman

One of Oklahoma City’s long-standing nonprofit institutions this year is celebrating its 85th anniversary of necessary work helping people overcome challenges to employment.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma will host the “Work the Runway” fashion show fundraising event at Oklahoma Contemporary, 11 NW 11th St. in Oklahoma City, to celebrate its founding in 1936.

Goodwill employees and others will come together to showcase and model different styles of outfits found at a local Goodwill store, a news release said. The interactive fashion show will feature music by DJs Carte Blanche and an art display showcasing recycled items. Attendees also can shop at a boutique featuring high-end items found at Goodwill’s central Oklahoma stores, with items that include an Epiphone electric guitar, a vintage camera, a Coach purse and more.

Goodwill provides job training and skills to those in need, and the event benefits Goodwill employment services, including the new mobile Job Connection Center, which, along with Goodwill Career Pathways Institute, gives community members free access to training in computer skills, money management, job applications and more.

In October, watch for a new book about the nonprofit’s history called More Than a Store as part of its 85th anniversary celebration. Written by Bob Burke, Oklahoma City author, and Jim Priest, Goodwill president and CEO, the book tells the story of Goodwill’s beginnings in Oklahoma City. The Rev. Edgard Helms, who founded the national organization in 1902, spoke to Oklahoma City Rotary Club in 1935 about Goodwill, and that talked prompted E.K. Gaylord to instigate its establishment in Oklahoma City.

“We are proud of the work we’ve done and look forward to continuing our efforts to provide Oklahomans with the resources they need to get back on their feet,” Priest said in the news release.

Presenting sponsors for the Walk the Runway event are Whitten Burrage Law Firm and Mathis Brothers Furniture, and additional sponsors include Jones PR, Complete Alarm Technology Systems, Enable Midstream Partners, Immediate Care OK and Insuric.

For tickets to the nearly sold-out runway event, go to worktherunway.com. To learn about Goodwill and its mission, see okgoodwill.org. Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma also has a great video about its history on its YouTube Channel.

Film class

Prairie Surf Media and Oklahoma City University have teamed up to present a two-day master class with filmmaker and Oklahoma native Richard Rosser.

The class will be Aug. 21 and 22 at OCU and will explore film organizations and logistics and production management and film schedule. It also will include breaking down a script, an overview of the production process, interviewing and hiring department heads, networking tips and more. Cost is $125 for OCU students and $250 for nonstudents. Rosser has years of experience on numerous TV shows, including This Is Us, 24, Quantico, Chicago Med and The Mentalist to name a few.

In addition, Prairie Surf will host a next-level screenwriting course taught by its co-founder and co-CEO Matt Payne from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evenings from Aug. 24 through Sept. 14 at Prairie Surf Studios.

For more information, go to okfilmmusic.org.

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