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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community
Leaders & Supporters - August 2014

Goodwill Takes First Place in Navy Culinary Competition

Goodwill takes first place in Navy Culinary CompetitionLast month, Commander, Navy Installations Command held its fifth annual Culinary Competition at Goodwill Great Lakes. Featuring nine teams from around the world, and representing the Navy’s best chefs, the week-long event included a whirlwind of classes, food events and the competition itself. Taking first place for the first time was Navy Region Midwest, represented by Goodwill cooks Anna Daniels and Theresa Gordon! They are the first civilians to achieve this feat.

It all began back in April when a call went out to all Great Lakes cooks asking for willing competitors. An American Culinary Federation-certified chef oversaw the organization of the two-month training that included knife skills, menu creation, proper cooking and serving temperatures, plate presentation, use of unfamiliar ingredients and more. A generous group of food professionals offered their time and expertise to train the contestants and begin the process of shaping the chefs of tomorrow.

The competition itself found teams of two chefs each, preparing eight servings each of one appetizer and one entrée. Following the challenging five-hour competition, teams were debriefed by the judging chefs and given another round of world class advice from a group that featured over 450 years of collective culinary experience. Anna’s and Theresa’s prowess and creativity in the kitchen earned them the top honors as well as the admiration and gratitude of Navy chefs, participating competitors and Goodwill Great Lakes!

Military Recognizes Goodwill Store Manager

Military Recognizes Goodwill Store ManagerGoodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin was honored by the Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve. Dan Klawes (Store Manager) of the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in West Allis was nominated for the prestigious award by his employee and Reserve member Audriana Rosas. On July 9, Dan was presented with the Patriot Award. 

The Patriot Award is given to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but also demonstrate superior support to those members and their families. Some of the ways to show this support is through flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Jackie Hallberg (President and CEO of Goodwill) said, “As an organization, Goodwill proudly supports the men and women actively serving our country, as well as veterans. We demonstrate this in many ways, from hiring veterans into our Goodwill workforce, to the long-standing relationship we have with the U.S. Navy at Naval Station Great Lakes, to hosting hiring events to assist military members in gaining employment after they leave the military.” She went on to thank Audriana for nominating Dan and congratulated Dan for supporting Audriana’s military service.

Great American Backyard Barbeque Sizzles with Success

Great American Backyard Barbeque Sizzles with SuccessGoodwill Great Lakes once again hosted its annual Great American Backyard Barbeque but this time, it was right on the heels of the Navy Culinary Competition. Nevertheless, with all hands on deck, the crew was able to pull off another spectacular event for the Sailors and Recruits!

The Food Service team even had to “import” an entire wood smoker big enough to cook over 100 racks of ribs at one time. That piece of equipment came all the way from St. Louis! Also “imported” from out of town were four visiting chefs who wowed the crowds with their specialty dishes.

Celebrity Chefs Cook while Customers Dine & Donate

Celebrity Chefs Cook while Customers Dine and DonateGoodwill hosted a Dine & Donate event, which took place at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Willowbrook last month. The gathering was a huge success with over 600 attendees participating! Celebrity chefs previously seen on television’s Food Network were on hand to create mouth-watering dishes as they competed for the coveted “Amazing Goodwill Dinner Plate” award.

It was yet another way for Goodwill to show its customers how much the organization cares about shoppers, donors and the communities in which it serves.  Local residents supported Goodwill’s mission by donating bags and boxes of clothing and household items while sampling barbeque-style foods from Wicked Urban Grill and Chef Jeff Cooper. Even the Willowbrook Police Chief got involved! He was one of the judges who decided that Chef John Conley was the celebrity chef winner.