Press Room

August 3, 2011

Goodwill Contact:
Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director
714.547.6308 Ext. 308, via email


## Goodwill of Orange County ##

Goodwill Collects More Than 100,000 Items Of Clothing At Oc Fair To Raise Revenue For People With Disabilities & Disadvantages


(COSTA MESA) On August 3, 2011, Goodwill of Orange County conducted a community collection event hosted by one of the summer’s most popular venues, the OC Fair. In just over four hours, Goodwill’s team of volunteers and OC Fair workers handed out over 20,000 tickets to donors who dropped off five or more items of clothing, in exchange for free admission and one ride ticket in conjunction with the Fair’s We Care Wednesday program .

“At Goodwill, we provide people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence. It’s a true added benefit for donors and fair attendees to know each donation helps put more people to work in the community,” said Nicole Suydam, Vice President of Development, Goodwill of Orange County. “The OC Fair aptly named these mid-week donation drives, We Care Wednesday, and it was really obvious that people do care, when you consider that more than 20,000 individuals took the time to gather up gently used items and stand in line for a good cause. And with so much to see and do at the OC Fair, it’s no wonder these events are such a success!”

Goodwill’s 20 stores in Orange County and the online store, generate revenue to fund Goodwill’s job skills training and career development programs throughout the region. Last year, Goodwill transformed gently used clothing and other items into education, training and employment services for nearly 10,000 local men and women.

The morning of the clothing drive, KTLA’s Gayle Anderson was on hand to capture some of the highlights of the day. Goodwill of Orange County had collection centers set up at three of the gates and fielded a steady stream of fair-goers. Goodwill’s Donation Acquisition Manager, Pooja Jhobalia- Pelham noted that although the event time was four hours compared to last year’s six hours, the donation figures matched last year’s efforts since many individuals donated more than five items of clothing. “We owe a big debt of gratitude for the entire team at the OC Fair. While the events are relatively short it takes moths of coordination and logistical details to pull off a collection event so seamlessly,” said Pelham.

Goodwill of Orange County is a nonprofit organization with its main campus located at 410 North Fairview in Santa Ana. It has received the coveted 4-star Charity Navigator rating for five consecutive years based on organizational effectiveness and efficiency. For information regarding Goodwill, please contact Katherine Ransom at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or