Goodwill Industries

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By Diane Wengler

Five individual stories about inspiring accomplishment were the highlight of Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs’ annual dinner at Broadmoor Hall on April 14.

Tina Castro, Tonya Edwards, Emily Miller, David Moorehead and Mary Pyle accepted their awards after short videos were played about their challenges, perseverance, commitment and triumphs.

Nearly 780 guests applauded the evening’s honorees, including Marta Erhard, 2008 board chairwoman, and her husband, Tom DeCotiis, who received the Guilding Light Award “in recognition of their leadership, stewardship and philanthropic commitment to Goodwill.”

Before the dinner, Shawn Raintree, Goodwill’s new president and CEO, mingled with 200 guests at a reception in El Pomar Foundation’s Carriage Museum. Welcoming Raintree were Thayer Tutt, El Pomar Foundation; Bill Berenz of American National Bank, the evening’s presenting sponsor; and Jon Medved, Goodwill Foundation board chairman.

At the dinner, Raintree talked about Goodwill’s innovative programs and services, which helped a record 44,000 individuals during 2008. The organization assisted 4,400 people with finding employment, helping them move from welfare to work.