Call For Talent – Prepping For Goodwill Goes GLAM

Anya Rozova - America's Next Top Model Cycle 10

Anya Rozova is a long-time supporter of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii.  You might have seen her on America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 10.  She purchased her entire look (blouse, skirt and heels) at the Beretania Goodwill store in Honolulu. (photo by Mark Ramelb)

Goodwill’s  Call For Talent volunteer recruitment was held at Ward Warehouse on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in support of the August event – Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM!

More than a dozen leaders in the Public Relations, Media, Fashion, Retail, Marketing and Beauty industries came together for a Good cause. Affectionately called the A-Team GLAM! Squad members – they led the way, interviewing and guiding prospective Glam! Squad volunteers.

This talent and recruitment event played a vital role in rallying volunteers for manpower and pre-event preparation for Goodwill Goes GLAM! in August.  The Call For Talent is still running.  To register, go to www.higoodwill.org and click the Volunteer or Intern tab.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to register.  This is a great way to gain experience, helping to further a Good cause.  Goodwill’s mission is helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

Getting the word out about this unique Call For Talent was critical. This helped continue momentum past the recruitment event. Although 89 people registered to volunteer during the event-week in support of the GLAM! event, volunteer registrations keep coming in. Now Goodwill has over 100 registered  volunteers. Twenty two Ward merchants participated with offers for Kamaaina Rewards members. Ward also offered movie tickets to shoppers with $76 or more in receipts.

Rhonee Rojas from Wilhelmina Hawaii walks for the A-Team in hopes for a spot in the Goodwill Goes GLAM! fashion show in August. (photo by Mark Ramelb)

Many came together to make this event possible: Bank of Hawaii, Ward Centers, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, Hawaii Fashion Incubator, 76 and Kamaaina Rewards, McNeil Wilson Communications, the A-Team interviewers and GLAM Squad volunteers. Goodwill also appreciates the great coverage they received from Hawaii News Now, MidWeek, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Honolulu Weekly, PaulaRath.com and KDNI radio.

The A-Team interviewers motivated prospective volunteers throughout the day.  The A-Team included Megan Anderson Garvey (Marketing Manager from Nordstrom Hawaii), Paula Rath (paularath.com), Anya Rozova (Cycle 10 – America’s Next Top Model), Cheryl Witbeck (TV Station General Manager  at TBN), Rene Rodriguez(Runway coach and make-up artist), Craig Kojima (Honolulu Star Advertiser Photographer), Mark Ramelb (Fashion Photographer), Dayna Kalakau (Model & Fashion Show Producer), Robert Gibson (Professional Visual Merchandiser), Shawn Torres Akiyama (Model & Make-up Artist), Brianna Acosta (Professional Model) and Luana Alapa (former Miss Hawaii and Pageant Director). Zee Rabago-Iwabuchi (Radio Personality), Moani Hara (Miss Kahala) and Serena Karnagy (Miss East Oahu) were also part of the A-Team on that day.

Serena Karnagy, Brianna Acosta and Moani Hara show their support for a Good cause – Goodwill’s Call For Talent. (photo by Mark Ramelb)

President/CEO  of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Laura Robertson Smith commented on the Call For Talent and stated: “It is clear that there are many talented people out there with a heart for Goodwill. To learn more about Goodwill Goes GLAM! and volunteer opportunities for you or your friends, visit our website – www.higoodwill.org.”