Goodwill Gala Offers Unique Holiday Office Party Opportunity

Mr Stiff and Mr Smith Gala PR Photo | Goodwill Corporate

PHOTO:  Raymond H. Smith, Jr., lead sponsor and James K. Stiff, president of Goodwill of Middle Georgia with Helms College hospitality students.

Area companies are invited to host office Christmas parties at Goodwill’s December Gala while supporting the nonprofit’s mission

MACON, GA – Throughout our region, companies are struggling to find a way to do something for their employees during the holidays while also supporting causes that align with their corporate culture. Goodwill of Middle Georgia has come up with a solution: area businesses are invited to host their holiday celebrations at the 14th annual Goodwill Gala, which will feature several musical acts and regional cuisine options from around the U.S.

            The Cone Communications Employee Engagement Study states that 74 percent of employees find their job more fulfilling when they are provided opportunities to make a positive impact in the community. Goodwill is pleased to create numerous opportunities for businesses of all sizes to thank their employees for their efforts while showcasing their commitment to good corporate social responsibility.

            The theme of the Goodwill Gala, which takes place on Friday, December 7th at the Anderson Conference Center, Macon, GA is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The evening, which promises to be an elegant and lively affair, is presented by Smith, Brown and Groover, Inc. Wealth Management. Proceeds will support Goodwill and Helms College in their work to lift more lives in Middle Georgia through job training and education services.

            As sponsors and special guests, participating companies will enjoy live entertainment, unlimited drinks, and an all-you-can-eat menu of delicious food prepared by chefs and culinary arts students from Helms College’s Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality. Each party can choose from nine regional menus: New England, Deep South, Texas & the Southwest, Mid-Atlantic Coast, Cajun-Creole, California, Floribbean, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest.

            The live entertainment includes solo artist Josh Carson, singer/songwriter Maggie Renfroe, and dynamic cover band RadioJacks. 

            Funds raised at the Goodwill Gala benefit the academic and career development programs at Helms College, which was established by Goodwill. It also offers students an extraordinary opportunity to stretch their culinary skills by cooking for and serving Gala attendees.

            “We are thrilled that our guests will experience first-hand the students’ skills and dedication to their craft,” said James K. Stiff, president of Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA and Helms College. “Previous attendees have noted that our Gala is the perfect way to get them into the spirit of the season; we hope area companies will join us not only to celebrate and thank their own employees but also to support a great cause.”

            For information on scheduling a company holiday party or about event sponsorships, visit or call (478) 471-4828.


About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA:

                Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, a non-profit, 501c3 charity, 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 of Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is accountable to local Board of Directors, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.