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Lebanon dignitaries pictured with Goodwill team members for official ribbon cutting ceremony. Front row: L to R Ann Walters, Retail Sales Mgr, Gail Hana, Goodwill VP, Jim Armour, Board member, Vanessa Cornett, Lebanon Store Mgr, Amy Brewer, Lebanon Mayor, Scott Brunka, Deputy City Mgr, 2nd row, R to L: Maria Collins, Economic Development Coordinator, Joe Byrum, Goodwill CEO, and Jason Millard, City Planner with members of the Lebanon retail team Ohio Valley Goodwill was delighted to launch its 2010 Earth Day celebration with the Grand Opening of its newest retail store in Lebanon. Excited customers were greeted with warm smiles, goodie bags and seed packets to commemorate not only the long awaited opening of the organization’s 16th store location but also in recognition of Earth Day 2010. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held just prior to the opening of the doors featuring City of Lebanon dignitaries, Mayor Amy Brewer, Scott Brunka, Deputy City Manager, Jason Millard, City Planner and Maria Collins, Economic Development Coordinator. “The city of Lebanon is thrilled to welcome Ohio Valley Goodwill’s new store to our community and we know that it will contribute to the economic vitality of our area,” said Mayor Brewer in her remarks. Shoppers enjoyed the colorful displays, fun fashions, assorted collectibles, electronic gear, wicker furniture and even children’s toys that filled every corner of the new store. “We are glad to be a part of the growing business environment in the City of Lebanon” said Joe Byrum, Goodwill President and CEO. Goodwill Service Guild President Nancy Horton served as the official greeter for today’s event welcoming shoppers and handing out seed packets that emphasized the donation message in honor of Earth Day.
Goodwill Guild President Nancy Horton passing out seed packets to customers in honor of Earth Day. The new Lebanon store has a convenient drive-thru donation area which provides an easy way for residents to contribute to the organization’s mission of putting people to work. “Donating gently used clothing and household goods to Goodwill is a great way to be green and serve the community at the same time,” said George Palmer, Director of PR and Marketing. Ohio Valley Goodwill has been serving the Greater Cincinnati community for 94 years and annually helps more than 2300 individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans to receive skill training and employment services.