Goodwill Ambassadors announce ‘Holiday Shopping Bazaar’

Supporters of the nonprofit will offer items for sale; proceeds to benefit Goodwill

Published Monday, November 16, 2015

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota Ambassadors – members of the community who believe in the mission of Goodwill and in giving back to the community – have planned a Holiday Shopping Bazaar for Thursday, November 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The event will be held at Goodwill’s corporate campus (2705 51st Ave E., Bradenton).

The first annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar will feature homemade and handcrafted items, selections from local toy stores, purses and accessories, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, seasonal items and more. So far, 15 vendors and local businesses have signed up to participate. Vendors include Tim Holliday of Children’s World & Children’s World Uniform Supply, Barb McSweeney Jewelry, Bananas Baby Boutique, Hearts Desire, The Craft Buttercup and more.

“We are so grateful for our loyal and talented Ambassadors, who give of their time, talents and resources to support our mission of changing lives through the power of work,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Veronica Brandon Miller. “We have supporters who are business owners, artists and crafters, among other talents, and we feel so fortunate that they are willing to share their gifts with us so that we can better serve our community. We invite the public to join us and get a head start on their holiday shopping, while showing support not only for Goodwill but also for those who help Goodwill to achieve its mission.”

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.