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Goodwill Fashion Show Promotes Organization's Jobs Mission

Eleven people stand on a stage dressed in a range of different clothing styles.
Tom Flanigan
The fashion show's models - many of them local Goodwill employees - gather on stage for the presentation's grand finale.

It was also a showcase of the hi-fashion clothes often found at Goodwill stores for just pennies-on-the-dollar.

A unique fashion show was part of Saturday's What Women Wantexpo at the North Florida Fairgrounds. The show featured great looks that can be achieved for just pennies on the dollar.

The What Women Want expo consisted of dozens of product and service booths, along with a real fashion show runway. The show climaxed with a bridal gown showing. But, this particular gown didn't come from a high-end bridal boutique, it came from a Tallahassee Goodwill store.

"Dresses like this can be purchased at Goodwill for anywhere from $20 to $100. This dress values new at about $1,200," Vice President of Communication Kim Gay, the presentation's MC, explained.

Goodwill Board Chair Mary Wellington, who was also one of the runway models, said this wasn't only about how to look good at bargain prices.

"The whole idea of this is to let the community know that Goodwill has great finds, and it supports their mission, which is basically having and giving jobs to deserving people who often can't find employment other places."

Several of the fashion show models were successful graduates of the Capital Area Community Action Agency'sGetting Ahead Program.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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