Downtown Fashion Wine Walk – For a Great Cause

An unforgettable evening – Tina strikes a pose wearing a blue flirty dress ($6.99) from the Beretania Goodwill.
At six-o’clock sharp, Pauahi Street – between Nuuanu and Bethel – magically transformed into a buzzing street festival with participants including downtown merchants, consumers and experts (of wine, food and fashion), government leaders and supporters of Goodwill.  It was the perfect Friday evening (Aug. 19, 2011), for a great cause – Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, and a great mission – helping people with employment barriers reach their full potential and become self sufficient.

Goodwill board members State Rep. Marcus Oshiro and Pat Wong. Also, Governor Abercrombie, Dr. Nancie Caraway, Andy South - fashion designer extroadinaire and Laura Robertson - Goodwill Industries of Hawaii President/CEO

Emcee, Bridget Gray weclomed attendees to the first ever, Downtown Fashion Wine Walk and thanked Governor Abercrombie and his wife, Dr. Nancie Caraway for their support and participation.  Jay Niebuhr, president of (ADMA) Arts District Merchants Association  recognized Hawaii’s own Andy South, Project Runway 2010 finalist.

Jay then introduced Laura Robertson, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii (GIH).  She thanked ADMA for choosing GIH as the beneficiary of the event and made a very special announcement about Goodwill Goes GLAM! a showcase of talent, treasure and style —  in August, 2012.  She went on to share that it includes an exclusive fashion show featuring Hawaii’s top models and stylists setting the stage for an unprecedented 24,300 square-foot marketplace of glamour and vintage items donated by retail partners and collected from Goodwill stores.

An exclusive announcement about Goodwill Goes GLAM! by Laura Robertson, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii

This major Island fashion event will put the spotlight on Hawaii’s style industry as an economic stimulator and contributor to job-creation, while offering the opportunity to explore Goodwill’s own educational, employment and training programs.   Laura expressed her gratitude for Dr. Nancie Caraway and all that she does for the community and proudly introduced her as the Honorary Chair of Goodwill Goes GLAM!  Dr. Caraway said a few words in support of this upcoming event and thanked ADMA for organizing the Downtown Fashion Wine Walk and their support of local businesses.  The crowd was buzzing about the announcemnt of this major fashion event to hit the islands in 2012.  Reporters and photographers gathered around the event stage.

Shari, Tina, Shawn, Lara, Kecia (Bella Torre Academy), Samantha and Kera Copeland

After perusing the festival and taking in wine, appetizers and signing up for Key Ring (Goodwill’s pilot into the mobile technology realm) the crowd settled in for the highly anticipated Fashion Show.  This crescendo of style started out with amazing looks from Florencia Aria. The crowd loved the sounds of DJ Silvana as the runway lit up with signature pieces from Catherine’s Closet, Fashionista’s Market, MiSHMaSH, Super Citizen and… Goodwill closed the show with a fashionable bang!

Tina Jones, Roycen Dehmer and Samantha Iha-Preece after watching Dresscue Me (a Planet Green & Goodwill re-design/reuse reality show) at The Venue

The Downtown Fashion Wine Walk was a success and event organizers expressed that it was the the first  but certainly not the last.  To learn more about Goodwill Goes GLAM! and how you could get involved – become a Goodwill Goes Glam Squad member, a Goodwill Ambassador Business Partner or an event sponsor, go to or visit