Goodwill’s ‘Enchanted Evening’ expands again this year

       “An Enchanted Evening,” Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs' major fund raiser for the year, will be the biggest it's ever been Friday, Aug. 27.
       During its first few years, the invitation-only gala at an elegant area home was drawing about 100 people a time. But last year there were 150, and this year about 200 are expected to flock to the event, according to Melissa Lyby and Laura Marth of the Westside-based, non-profit agency for disadvantaged individuals.
       Invitees are “people who support Goodwill,” with many of them repeat guests from previous years, Lyby said. A volunteer committee plans the event.
       Guests pay $150 a ticket, which includes cocktails, hors-d'doeuvres, dinner and both a silent and a live auction of donated items. Among the auction offerings will be a pheasant-hunting trip and a drive-along with a professional driver at the Pikes Peak International Raceway - “unique items that people might not have the opportunity to buy anywhere else,” Lyby said.
       Part of the silent auction will be the Gifts to Give table, where a nicety (such as a zoo membership or a music therapy session) can be purchased on behalf of Goodwill programs for seniors with disabilities, developmentally disabled individuals or working mothers, Marth said.
       Another source of the evening's fund-raising success is sponsorship. Individuals and businesses sponsor the event at different levels. This year's major sponsor is American National Bank, at more than $10,000.
       Last year's “Enchanted Evening” garnered $85,000 in all. “This year we'd be ecstatic if we earned $100,000,” Lyby said.
       The gala this year will be at a “nice home in the Broadmoor,” she said.
       Proceeds from the event are used for Goodwill's programs The business, which has been on the Westside since 1956, employs 1,300 people in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Fountain and Canon City.

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