Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania (Scranton) held their first runway show earlier this fall. A local banquet facility was the setting for an evening of fun, fashion and awareness. More than 200 people were in attendance for the inaugural event.
The agency showcased the great product lines from their five retail stores currently in operation. For instance, each table’s centerpiece was created using unique finds from a nearby store.
“We showed the public our stores sell the latest fashions at a very budget-friendly price,” said Retail Director Christine Kobrynich.
The 51 models that participated in the show included community figures and Scranton Goodwill clients.
“It was important to us to include our clients. We believe in their abilities and challenge them to overcome any barrier in their lives. Some clients were leery as to whether they could walk the runway, others feared the crowd, but each did a great job and would not allow anything to stop them from being part of the show,” said Gerald Langan, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Gloria Gigliotti, the mother of one of the models, shared her joy over what it meant to see her child onstage.
“I am so proud of my son today. He doesn’t like crowds but wouldn’t let that stop him from doing a great job as one of the models,” she said.
The Goodwill Runway Show was a celebration of the 70 years of program and service Goodwill has continuously provided to the community. Those in attendance left smiling after enjoying an evening focused on the great work done by Goodwill.