goodwillNearly 800 Discover Goodwill annual dinner attendees filled The Broadmoor’s International Center April 24 to celebrate Goodwill’s supporting businesses, community partners and program participants, and to learn about “stuff.”

The “stuff” in reference aligned with the evening’s theme: “Donate Stuff … Create Jobs.” Discover Goodwill President and CEO Karla Grazier and Board Chair Chris Odell shared how donations of household items sitting idly in closets and cupboards helps Goodwill generate jobs in the community. More than 6,200 jobs were created in 2013 alone.

Home Depot was honored with the organization’s Discover Goodwill Award, sponsored by Kirkpatrick Bank, in recognition of its generous in-kind contributions, volunteer activities, job support for learning-challenged youth and record-breaking donations drive in 2013.

Discover Goodwill board/committee member and financial supporter Alan Steiner received the Foundation’s Guiding Light Award from Board Chair Sue Mulvihill and annual dinner Presenting Sponsor ANB Bank, represented by Regional President Lonnie Parsons.

Discover Goodwill’s first-ever Emerging Leader Award was presented to college student and humanitarian Tommy Newsom, who organized donation drives supporting victims of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. Newsome’s efforts resulted in the collection of more than 26,000 pounds of material donations that filled a semi truck trailer and three school buses. Donations were valued at nearly $20,000.

The evening’s festivities concluded by honoring four stand-out individuals who have made remarkable progress in their personal and professional lives, including single mother Rochelle Ortega. Ortega enlisted in Discover Goodwill’s career development program after ending an unhealthy marriage and taking custody of her three young children. At the time, she had unstable income, unreliable transportation and limited access to child care. With Discover Goodwill’s assistance, she was able to enroll in college and achieve her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Rochelle is now building a strong foundation for herself, her students and her own children.

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Annual dinner master of ceremonies Jon Karroll reflected on the evening’s honorees and thanked everyone in attendance.

“From a civic-minded youth who helped extinguish the anguish of fire evacuees to a home construction supplier partnering with Discover Goodwill to build lives of independence, we applauded and celebrated the award-winning, life-changing contributions of businesses, agencies and individual ambassadors of Goodwill,” Karroll said. “Moreover, we learned that ‘Donate Stuff … Create Jobs’ is much more than a tagline for a celebration event, it is a profound and proven strategy for bringing people into the workforce.”

For more information on Discover Goodwill’s 2013 individual award winners or to learn more about the jobs-generating value of material donations, visit


2014 Annual Dinner Award Winners


Individual Award Honorees:

Sheryl Smith – Helms Legacy Award Honoree

Jamie Lockyer – Achiever of the Year

John Lydell – Community Employee of the Year

Rochelle Ortega  – Independence Award Honoree

Tommy Newsom – Emerging Leader Honoree


Business Honorees:

Alan Steiner – Guiding Light Award

Home Depot – Discover Goodwill Award


Extending Goodwill Award Honorees:

  • Academy School District 20
  • CHEFS Catalog
  • Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs
  • El Paso County Department of Human Services
  • Xerox Commercial Solutions