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    Styled by Myly: Date Night Delights

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    Welcome to the new Goodwill® Industries of Monocacy Valley blog! Follow along with us as we highlight some of our favorite Goodwill finds, employee features, upcoming events, DIY inspiration, and mission spotlights in our community.

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    If the cold weather has had you cooped up inside this winter, it’s time for a night out on the town! These looks are perfect for a date night with your significant other or a girls’ weekend getaway to explore a new city.

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    Spice up your LBD look with this simple Zara knit dress paired with a Miss Me faux fur vest. When the temperature drops, you don’t have to sacrifice style for warmth. Just slip on this sassy vest and get toasty!

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    A trend we’re loving right now: LAYERING UP! Layering gives you freedom to try out more daring pieces in your wardrobe and completely change the look of some of your staple items. This black lace Topshop off-the-shoulder dress is sweet and charming on its own, but pop on this leather Kenneth Cole vest to gain instant edge. Soften the look and add a subtle splash of color with this floral backpack.

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    The Addams Family Pop-Up Bar at Hootch & Banter

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    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 4-7pm

    We’re painting the town black for an Addams Family Pop-Up Bar! The Hootch & Banter upstairs Lounge will be transformed into the family mansion with kooky decor, a photo booth, costumed bartenders, and themed cocktails and menu items. You won’t want to miss Frederick’s ONLY Halloween pop-up bar! (Entry is free)

    Hootch & Banter: 49 S Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

     

    The Addams Family Kooky Cocktail Party

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    Saturday, October 12, 2019
    7:00 – 11:00 PM
    New Spire Stages, located at 15 West Patrick Street in Historic downtown Frederick.


    They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, The Addams Family…

    Eat, drink, and be scary! Goodwill®, your #1 Halloween costume destination, has teamed up with MGM & United Artists Releasing for the release of the new animated movie, The Addams Family. To honor the First Family of Halloween and kick off the spooky season, join us for an Addams Family themed Kooky Cocktail Party! Featuring live music from Vinyl Rhino, a costume pop-up shop, photo ops, hors d’oeuvres and spirits, you won’t want to miss this scary good time. Bring your creeps and come as you are or in costume! Proceeds fund our Veteran Services Center Capital Campaign to serve veterans and their families in Frederick, MD.


    General Admission Tickets: $40.00 (includes hors d’oeuvres and 1 drink ticket with cash bar)

    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    The Addams Family Kooky Cocktail Party is an opportunity to align your company with an organization that is both impacting local people and your local community. Please consider becoming a sponsor.

    Friend of the Family – $2,500

    Prominent logo recognition on event website
    Inclusion in press releases
    Logo on invitation and all print materials
    Recognition on all digital promotional materials
    Social media promotion
    Radio promotion shout-out
    Reserved table seating for 8
    Sponsorship shout-out during event
    Logo on all night-of marketing materials
    Recognition in the GIMV Annual Report
    Eight (8) tickets to the event

    Ooky – $1,000

    Prominent logo recognition on event website
    Inclusion in press releases
    Social media promotion
    Radio promotion shout-out
    Reserved shared table seating for 4
    Sponsorship shout-out during event
    Logo on all night-of marketing materials
    Recognition in the GIMV Annual Report
    Four (4) tickets to the event

    Spooky – $750

    Logo recognition on event website
    Social media promotion
    Sponsorship shout-out during event
    Logo on all night-of marketing materials
    Recognition in the GIMV Annual Report
    Four (4) tickets to the event

     Mysterious – $500

    Logo recognition on event website
    Sponsorship shout-out during event
    Company name on all night-of marketing materials
    Recognition in the GIMV Annual Report
    Three (3) tickets to the event

    Kooky – $250

    Company name recognition on event website
    Sponsorship shout-out during event
    Company name on all night-of marketing materials
    Recognition in the GIMV Annual Report
    Two (2) tickets to the event

    Creepy – $150

    Company name recognition on event website
    Sponsorship shout-out during event
    Recognition in the GIMV Annual Report
    One (1) ticket to the event

    In Kind Gifts

    Interested in providing an in-kind donation of goods or services for the event? Contact Lindsey Swink, Marketing Coordinator, at events@gimv.org or 301-662-0622 x205 to discuss benefits.


    2019 Ooky Sponsors

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    2019 Kooky Sponsors

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    The Auto Spa, The Lube Center, The Auto Repair

    The Insurance Exchange, a division of HUB International

     

    2019 Golden Gala Photos

    05.02.19 – The Goodwill Golden Gala

    This year, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with the Golden Gala Fashion Show to raise funds for our new veteran services initiative and relocation of our workforce development center. We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to our amazing team of dedicated vendors, sponsors, stylists, models, staff, and attendees who made the night possible. Together, we forge ahead, “50 and forward”!

    To support our veteran services center initiative, please visit: https://gimv.networkforgood.com/ 

    Photography and Video: Honey Wild Photo Gina Cangemi
    Planning and Coordination: SLJ social
    Venue: The New Spire Arts Stages
    Hair and Makeup: JKW Beauty 
    Catering: Celebrations Catering and Event Rentals
    DJ: John Johnson
    MC: Dina Carole
    Florist: Wildflower Weddings at Bend in the River Farms
    Lighting: Showtime Sound LLC
    Beer: Monocacy Brewing Company and Brewer’s Alley
    Wine: Antietam Spirits
    Spirits: McClintock Distilling
    Tastings: Infuse Spirits

     

    Veteran Services Center Capital Campaign

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    Be a part of serving those that served this nation as they overcome obstacles to reach their fullest potential by donating today.

    Every day in America, 22 veterans commit suicide. Click here to donate $22 toward the building of a veteran services center that will provide early intervention and support for putting an end to this epidemic.

    The Center

    Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley’s new veteran services center will be a comprehensive resource serving veterans and their families.

    The 20,000 square-foot center will be home to more than a dozen staff and strategic partners, all committed to eliminating the oftentimes frustrating bureaucracy that is a barrier to the veteran and their family in receiving their much-deserved, hard-earned benefits.

    Through classes, counseling, and veteran benefits navigation offered at our veteran services center, warriors and their families will receive the support they need to ensure a smooth and rewarding transition into civilian life.Among these services, the center will assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment.

    In addition, a significant amount of focus will go toward intervention and support to veterans and their families who require mental health solutions.Every day in America, 22 veterans commit suicide. The center will raise awareness for the suicide epidemic among veterans.

    The Need

    With more than 400,000 veterans living in the state of Maryland and 100,000 veterans living in Frederick and the immediate surrounding areas, be a part of serving those that served this nation as they overcome obstacles to reach their fullest potential.

    Partnering for Good

    Platoon 22 has been identified as a founding partner and a critical resource within the veteran community. The organization envisions a world where veterans and first responders have the resources they need to receive effective mental health solutions, all while raising awareness to bring about meaningful change to the suicide epidemic among veterans.

    Plans for the center include space for Platoon 22 offices and programming.

    All funds raised for the Veteran Services Center Capital Campaign will be used for build-out, operational support and programs for veterans and their families.

    Goodwill Date Night Challenge

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    Whether you plan to go see the latest romantic comedy, snag reservations to your favorite restaurant, or treat yourselves to a wine and paint night, you always aim to dress to impress on Valentine’s Day with bae. Finding that special outfit to really WOW your significant other doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your date night budget for a sense of style. How, you ask? With the Goodwill Date Night Challenge, we tasked couple Zoey and Eyan to create their V-Day looks using head-to-toe Goodwill finds, with only a budget of $25. Challenge accepted!

    Before sending them out to the racks, we wanted to know a little more about their style profile. Depending on what the night has in store for the couple, Zoey usually prefers to pair knit dresses with short-heeled booties or a dressier blouse with a pair of dark wash jeans. While she’s always game for a romantic night out on the town, she’s a real homebody at heart with her ideal date night consisting of ordering take out and enjoying a quiet dinner together at home.

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    Eyan feels most confident and comfortable in jeans with an athleisure hoodie under a bold statement piece like a bomber jacket. His ideal date night would most definitely involve a seafood restaurant and heading to the movie theater.

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    For their first look, the couple agreed to go a bit more casual. Zoey found an off-the-shoulder black shift dress and tossed on some strappy taupe heels with a matching shoulder bag. She loved the potential versatility of the dress as it could easily be dressed up or down depending on the amount of accessorizing. A simple grey polo with a pop of yellow stripes grabbed Eyan’s attention as he decided to pair it with a neutral khaki pant and grey shoes.

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    With full hearts and carts, the couple couldn’t decide on just one outfit and decided to try another look for another night! For the second option, Zoey instantly fell in love with a flowy blush jumpsuit with halter straps and paired it with a matching quilted leather clutch. Eyan completed his look with a light colored hooded tee and made a statement with a pair of dark blue fitted chinos. They were both surprised to find that each of their looks rang in under $20 and complimented their personalities so well.

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    With fabulous finds like these, why not make Goodwill a new date night tradition?! Better yet, we suggest flipping the script to have each partner pull together looks for the other person. The results will either show how much you truly know each other, or could have a hilariously funny outcome for laughs and memories to last a lifetime. What will you find today?