Press Room

October 23, 2012

Goodwill Contact:
Stacey Doss | SDDPR


## Goodwill of Orange County ##

Goodwill of Orange County’s “Working for Independence” Luncheon Celebrates the Power
of Work

--Event Raises More than $225,000 to Help People Facing Barriers to Get and Keep Jobs--

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 23, 2012 – The Marriott Newport Beach Hotel and Spa was the place to be for the movers and shakers of Orange County as Goodwill hosted its seventh annual Working for Independence Fundraising Luncheon. President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, Frank Talarico, Jr., helped deliver an inspiring message to 200 local business and community leaders in a fast-paced and compelling hour-long event. The event garnered more than $225,000 in financial support with pledges still coming in daily, committed to sustaining Goodwill’s mission.

“This event illustrates how the power of work can truly change lives through powerful personal stories of facing and managing barriers to employment with the help of Goodwill,” said Talarico. “I am humbled to witness Goodwill’s growth throughout the community as well as the outpouring of support from advocates, donors and local businesses. Two hundred local companies hire Goodwill-trained workers or utilize our business services. This speaks volumes about Goodwill and the trust they have earned from so many forward-thinking companies who realize the value that comes from helping people get and keep jobs.”

Throughout the hour-long event, a number of emotional stories were shared by Goodwill alumni and local leaders. Marna, a member of the Goodwill Fitness Center, also a talented singer, talked about the support she receives in facing her barriers as someone who uses a wheelchair belted out a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Betty Appleton Disneyland Resorts’ Guest Claims, Workers’ Compensation Director & Chief Champion of CastABLES (Guests with Disabilities), and also a new member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors, shared her personal connection to Goodwill’s cause in helping people facing disabilities. Nancy Chavez, First Vice President and Sr. Operations Manager with Alliant Insurance spoke passionately about the team of Goodwill-trained workers that has helped to shape a stronger corporate culture while performing critical tasks to their operations.

Talarico noted that the essence of Goodwill is revealed by telling inspiring stories that show the impact of Goodwill’s services, and what that impact means for individuals. “While the scope and reach of Goodwill is certainly memorable, what matters most are the people we serve and the people who work alongside them, working together toward a common goal. They are people just like you and me. People who dream of a better life and strive to be the best they can be,” said Talarico.

During the event, a special leadership challenge gift was announced by former Goodwill Board Chair, Michael Valentine that was made on behalf of several of Orange County’s philanthropic families. Prior to the event start, the families raised over $95,000 with the goal of doubling that during the event to help even more people experience new beginnings.

About Goodwill of Orange County Now in its 88th year, Goodwill of Orange County is in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to get and keep jobs while finding purpose, pride and dignity. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve independence through the power of work, Goodwill is most famous for its donated goods thrift store model where much of the revenue is generated to fund mission services. Goodwill maintains leadership in creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower individuals to be productive and independent. These programs and services offer added appeal since providing these tools to reach economic independence places fewer demands on public resources. As an integral part of the community safety net Goodwill has committed to doubling the number of people it serves to close the gap on unemployment among the region’s most underserved individuals. The organization has consistently received a four-star rating, based on organizational efficiency and organizational capacity from Charity Navigator and in 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands.

To view video footage from the event visit the site and connect to the YouTube channel Power of Work video. You may also see photos and additional stories on Goodwill’s Flickr gallery or For more information on Goodwill of Orange County, please contact Katherine Ransom, Sr. Director, Marketing and Communications at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or