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 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, 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 (, 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 –”

The Launch of Goodwill Goes Glam

President & CEO Laura Robertson welcomed the guests and the signing stars performed “I Belive I Can Fly” warming every heart in the house. Dr. Caraway made a special presentation to Patricia Ruiz, this year’s success story, then attendees went back to mingling and bidding on the Silent Auction Treasures.  Many look forward to the seeing the “stylish” board members walk the Fashion Show cat-walk each year and once again, they were fun and fabulous.

Goodwill Board members taking a bow after their runway walk.

Then came the big announcement: the video preview of the 2012 Goodwill Goes Glam Fashion Expo weekend.  Immediately following the video, the airy burlesque music beckoned the models and pageant title holders, marking the beginning of the GLAM segment of the fashion show.  One by one each model rocked their ready-to-wear Goodwill outfits.  You could hear the audience members commenting, “…goodness I need to go to Goodwill TOMORROW!” and “…seriously THIS DRESS was found at Goodwill?”

What made this Eco-Fashion show even more compelling was that each look was found within the seven days leading up to the fashion show. Nothing was held or put aside, proving that you can find great glamorous looks at the Goodwill retail locations in Hawaii.

Most men and women out there find themselves coordinating looks from various stores and boutiques.  The same goes for this fashion show, however, EVERY item of clothing worn on these models was from Goodwill.  The shoes and vintage jewelry were mostly from the collection of stylist extraordinaire, Kyle Kagamida of Kagamida Styling.  Kyle created each GLAM look from head to toe.  We were so blessed to have him leading the Glam Squad.

Glam Squad – Jessica Hoffman, Rene Rodriguez, Allie Lee, Kyle Kagamida

The Glam Squad included assistant stylist – Allie Lee, celebrity make-up artist – Jessica Hoffman and runway specialist/ hair & makeup artist Rene Rodriguez, celebrity model Anya Rozova and models from the Mrs. Hawaii Organization; Mrs., Miss and Teen Hawaii International Organizations; Miss and Miss Teen Hawaii United States Organizations.

Check out the stunning runway looks (photos by Tyson Yamada):

Samantha Iha-Preece, Miss Teen Hawaii United States wearing a fringe dress from the Beretania Goodwill store

Lori-Ann Navares, Director of the Miss/Miss Teen Hawaii United States Pageant wearing a little black dress with double straps and a this red belt to add dimension to the ensemble from the Kaimuki Goodwill store

Kealoha Ho’omana-Heffernan, Mrs. Hawaii International wears a silky black party dress perfect for a warm evening, accented with gold embellishments, from the Beretania Goodwill store

Lara Leimana Fonoimoana, Mrs. Hawaii – Mrs. America 1st runner-up, is wearing a sweet yet flirty lace dress – perfect for a romantic dinner-date, from the Beretania Goodwill store

Shari Wong, Miss Hawaii United States is wearing a strapless corset black cocktail dress from the Beretania Goodwill store

Alexandria Gasper, Miss Hawaii International is wearing a Forever 21 (new with tags) faux animal print jacket from the Beretania Goodwill store and a strappy black maxi dress from the Kaimuki Goodwill store

Anya Rozova, celebrity model (America

Ashley Soderberg, Miss Teen Hawaii International is wearing a classy yet sexy long zebra print T-back dress from the Beretania Goodwill store