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Discover Goodwill Hosts “Destination: Independence” Themed Annual Dinner

Capacity Crowd Enjoys High-Touch, High-Impact Celebration

Colorado Springs, CO. – May 1, 2018 – Discover Goodwill’s April 26 Annual Dinner, sponsored by ANB Bank, set course for a mission-minded, emotionally-charged evening highlighting business partners and program participants who profoundly contributed to the nonprofit’s life-transforming mission and services in 2017.

Discover Goodwill President and CEO Karla Grazier and Governing Board Chair Deborah Hendrix kicked off the festivities by highlighting the collective efforts of the organization’s many “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” who helped pave the path to independence for over 84,000 individuals in need—including nearly 25,000 individuals who received job training and support, and over 9,100 job seekers who were placed into community employment. The evening was capped by an award ceremony celebrating the independence of several Discover Goodwill beneficiaries, along with the organization’s key partners and supporters serving as their navigation guides. Honorees are cited below. 

2018 Guiding Light Award* Honoree: Mari Sinton-Martinez
(*Sponsored by ANB Bank) 

2017 Extending Goodwill Awards:
Current Media Group, LLC
El Paso County Dept. of Human Services
Walmart
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Veritas Management Group

2017 Discover Goodwill* Award: Colorado Springs Utilities
(*Sponsored by GE Johnson Construction Company)

2017 Individual Awards:

Community Employee of the Year Honoree Devin Hall (Sponsored by Ent)
Independence Award Honoree Thomas Schuler
 (Sponsored by Haynes Mechanical Systems)
Achiever of the Year Honoree Ron Gruber (Sponsored by Serta)
Helms Legacy Award Honoree Anthony Martinez (Sponsored by Carpet Care Craftsman)

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