Helms College inaugural Dinner at Dusk in Aiken was a huge success!

Dinner at dusk place settingHelms College held its inaugural Dinner at Dusk event in Aiken on September 29 at the historic Whitney Polo Pavilion. The event boasted a festive, farm-to-table dining experience highlighting local, seasonal foods prepared by certified chef instructors and culinary students from Goodwill’s Helms College Augusta School of Hospitality and the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in Macon. All proceeds from Dinner at Dusk went to support the education and training programs of Goodwill and Helms College within the Aiken community.

The good times didn’t end with the menu as  guests danced the night away to the sounds of 7Once and more in celebration of Goodwill’s mission in Aiken. The weather was mild and perfect for the occasion.


We’re thrilled that Dinner at Dusk offers such a marvelous opportunity to introduce Goodwill and Helms College to a broader audience in our Aiken community,” said Shannon Ellis, Co-Chair with husband, Geoff, of the Dinner at Dusk planning committee and a member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors and its Hospitality Advisory Board. “Many people know Goodwill for their retail stores, without realizing that revenue from those stores returns to the community where it provides people with a ‘hand up’ through education and career services, including Helms College.”

Dinner at Dusk Event in Aiken

Goodwill’s Job Connection at 1015 Pine Log Road in Aiken proudly served more than 2,600 individuals seeking career services in 2015, including assistance for the visually impaired, and helped secure job placements for 572 men and women. A capital campaign designed to serve additional individuals through Helms College programs at the Aiken campus currently is in the planning stages.

Helms CollegeAbout Helms College

Helms College is a private, independent post-secondary career school operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc., and licensed by the Georgia Non-public Post-Secondary Education Commission. Helms College offers accredited programs through its two hospitality schools, the Augusta School of Hospitality and the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality in Macon, as well as its School of Health Services in Augusta. Learn more about Helms College at helms.edu.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA:

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar in Goodwill revenue underwrites education, job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Read Goodwill’s annual report at www.goodwillworks.org/publications.


To learn more about services and individuals served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, visit our website at www.goodwillworks.org.


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