Pictured are Sue Burreson, Guild President and Joy Packer, Guild Member
In accordance with its annual tradition, hundreds of Ohio Valley Goodwill team members enjoyed the special Holiday Luncheon event held at its corporate headquarters in the Village of Woodlawn as well as its satellite locations on Wednesday, December 11th. Sponsored by the organization’s volunteer Service Guild, this year’s attendees enjoyed a delicious pasta lunch with all of the sides including cake for dessert. Goodwill program participants especially delighted in the music provided by entertainer Mark Macomber, long-time volunteer and supporter. Highlights included several festive sing-alongs and even some solos performed by the excited guests.
The Service Guild is celebrating its 80th anniversary of service this year in support of Goodwill and sponsoring of the annual Holiday luncheon is just one of the many traditions they continue to support. The Guild’s mission is to increase awareness of Goodwill’s important role in the community as well as to raise funds to support its mission of service to individuals with disabilities as well as our nation’s veterans. The 2013 Holiday Luncheon event was noteworthy this year in particular because of the organization’s growth in the past several years. With satellite locations on both the East and West sides of Greater Cincinnati as well as Butler and Warren counties, Ohio Valley Goodwill now serves more than 3000 people annually through its skill training, employment and personal development programs. Throughout the organization’s continuing growth and expansion, the Guild volunteers have maintained their commitment to their mission and to the hosting of the traditional Goodwill holiday luncheon event.
“We are so pleased that the Service Guild is always so generous with their time and energy to ensure that everyone at Goodwill has the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season in this memorable way,” said Joe Byrum, President and CEO. “The talents of our Food Service team under the direction of Chef Alison McElfresh and our many volunteers also help to make this wonderful holiday event possible and we appreciate their hard work,” added Byrum.
To find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill and its many programs and services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. Ohio Valley Goodwill is grateful to the Guild for their on-going support and sponsorship of this important holiday tradition.