Helms students display their skills at Goodwill Gala

2015 Goodwill Gala Invite to Blue BayouAt this year’s 11th Annual Goodwill Gala at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon, patrons are in for a treat: This year’s gala, themed Blue Bayou: A Taste of Louisiana, will focus on Creole and Acadian cuisine, prepared by students from Helms College. Guests can expect an array of delights such as frog legs with sauce picante, alligator and andouille gumbo, bayou short ribs, and bourbon beignets, among many other delectable selections.

The annual event helps to raise funds for the academic and career development programs at Helms College. Thanks to a great partnership with Goodwill Industries, which established Helms College, the gala provides funding for scholarships available to students pursuing an education in the hospitality industry. The gala also provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to stretch their culinary skills by cooking for and serving the guests in attendance. It’s the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their talents for gala guests who see the students’ dedication to their craft up close and personal.

Helms college student serving during 2013 Goodwill Gala.

Helms college students prepare and serve food at the Goodwill Gala.

The menu is at the heart of the evening, and the students work hard to design a unique dining experience. The event gives the Helms College student chefs the opportunity to say thank you to generous donors who have helped them reach for their career goals in the restaurant and hospitality industries. In addition, the students interact with gala guests to talk about the dishes they have prepared. It’s an educational experience for dinner guests and budding chefs alike.

The menu, which is planned and prepared by Helms College staff and students is always the heart of the evening!

The extensive menu, planned and prepared by Helms College staff and students, is always the heart of the annual Goodwill Gala.

A live auction will offer guests the opportunity to bid on a luxurious weekend trip to New Orleans with a stay at the Houmas Plantation House, a private dinner for eight prepared by the Executive Chef at Edgar’s Bistro, and an oil painting by Ginger Concepcion, to name a few of the interesting items. Music will be presented by the AJ Ghent Band to give a true bayou experience. A photo booth will allow guests to capture the fun throughout the evening and provide a memorable souvenir of the gala.

Students from the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality at the 2013 Goodwill Gala

Culinary students from the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality enjoy interacting with guests at the annual Goodwill Gala.

Don’t miss this amazing experience that will truly do good in the community by supporting students eager to get a start in the hospitality industry. For tickets and more information to this special event, visit www.goodwillworks.org/goodwillgala.

Helms CollegeGoodwill Industries of Middle Georgia & the CSRA will host the 11th annual Goodwill Gala this year. All proceeds benefit Helms College scholarships. Helms College is the first licensed, nationally accredited and DOE Title IV eligible college to be established by a local Goodwill affiliate in the world.

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