You never know who you’ll meet when you walk into a Goodwill store. Last month, I went to the Beretania store location to research a back-to-school bargain story . Seriously, it’s THE place to find great deals on back-packs, graphic tees, board shorts and so much more.
That’s when I met Tina, a cashier at Goodwill. As a fashion writer and former fashion show producer, my model radar is pretty sharp. I’m often intrigued when I meet a natural model-in-the-rough, like Tina, who has no idea how fabulous she really is. Tina graciously accepted my invite to become a Goodwill Goes Glam Squad volunteer and model.
Tina was raised in Missouri and graduated from an AmeriCorps program in California which referred her to Goodwill in Hawaii. She moved to Honolulu in 2010 and started working at the Goodwill store. Tina credits Goodwill for giving her the customer service skills and retail experience that she now possesses. She told me that she sees, first-hand how Goodwill changes peoples lives and that she believes in the organization’s mission, helping people reach thier full potential and become self-sufficient.
In promotion of the Downtown Fashion Wine Walk , Hawaii News Now and Goodwill created make-over magic. The transformation was incredible. Earlier in the week, professional stylist, Kyle Kagamida (Kagamida Styling) pulled a few ”Day” and “Evening” looks from the Beretania location. On the day of the make-over and reveal, Kyle and Rene Rodriguez, a noted up-scale make-up artist, fully transformed Tina into a cover-girl. See for yourself.
(Editor’s note: Is it just me or does Tina look like Alicia Keys ?)_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
DOWNTOWN FASHION WINE WALK
A BENEFIT FOR GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF HAWAII –
Presented by the Arts District Merchants Association
ANDY SOUTH, HONOLULU’S OWN PROJECT RUNWAY FINALIST, MAKES A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
Friday, August 19, 2011, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Local, Downtown-based fashion designers and boutiques are the focus of a fun and fashionable event – The Downtown Fashion Wine Walk.
Although this event is free and open to the public, purchasing a $25 ticket includes access to wine tasting and appetizers at area boutiques and shops, entry to a trunk sale, chances to win great prizes and the opportunity to be one of the first in Hawaii to view a segment of Dresscue Me, a Planet Green and Goodwill presentation hosted by Shareen Mitchell, beloved for her unique and affordable approach to vintage clothing. PLUS, a portion of the proceeds of all tickets sold goes to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, whose mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.
Tickets now on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com.
For event information, contact, Sandra Fowler (Super Citizen Store) at 599-4333