Excitement is in the air here at Helms College! It’s the time of the year when our faculty, staff and students are busily preparing for one of the grandest evenings of the year — the Annual Goodwill Gala.
Goodwill founder Dr. Edgar Helms had a vision to provide individuals with a “hand-up” out of poverty through education and productive work. Today, his legacy lives on through the work of Goodwill and Helms College.
Cal Hays and Honey Conn Miscall are co-chairing this extraordinary event and have invested their creative talents to transform Goodwill’s Anderson Conference Center for one special evening. Guests will enjoy an open bar with hand-tossed cocktails, culinary theater stations featuring sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and other mouth-watering treats. Goodwill donors will dance the night away to the sounds of Sonic Groove.
Each year, coordinators of the event carefully choose a theme for the gala. This year’s theme is “Four Seasons, Many Reasons,” and celebrates the many reasons to support Goodwill and Helms College. This year’s event is being presented by Smith, Brown & Groover Wealth Management, and it promises to be an evening of pure enchantment. Those involved will revel in seeing the fruits of their labor come full-circle.
This annual event helps 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 Helms College programs. 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. This year’s cuisine is focused on the four seasons: Winter will feature braised tri-tip with bordelaise sauce; Summer highlights a Jack Daniels spit-roast pig; Spring will feature grilled swordfish with mango chutney; and Fall will feature desserts including pumpkin pie bites.
President and CEO Jim Stiff said, “The Gala is Goodwill’s only Middle Georgia fundraiser each year. All proceeds benefit Helms College and the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. 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. This year’s event will give our generous donors an opportunity to enjoy a fabulous celebration and provide an opportunity for people in our community who need our help. Helms College culinary students, graduates, and our instructor chefs are eager to showcase their talent on Nov. 18. Thanks to Goodwill’s generous sponsors and volunteers, this year’s gala is destined to be a remarkable occasion.”
This is an evening you won’t want to miss, and a limited number of individual tickets are still available. The dress is black-tie optional. For more information, go to goodwillworks.org/goodwillgala.