Inspired by our community and a collective desire to postively impact our city, the Peace Love & Goodwill Festival is designed to provide a one-of-a-kind extra-sensory experience for the entire family. Listen, Eat, Shop and Explore the very best Oklahoma has to offer during this one day event. The festival benefits Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma's youth programs and will be held at the beautiful Myriad Gardens in downtown OKC.
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, or GICO, is a non-profit organization full of rich history. Since 1936, its main goal has been to help the underprivileged to achieve a level of independence and self-sufficiency. Goodwill began with founder Edgar J. Helm’s philosophy of helping poor immigrants by putting them to work.
Today, GICO operates many free programs and services dedicated to career development and job training for people with mental and physical disabilities and other barriers to employment.
GICO stands alone in its business model of self-sufficiency. Revenues generated by donations at its retail stores ared used to fund its career development and job training programs.
GICO focuses on the individual, not their situation. It aims to develop a base of trained and skilled workers that will be able to enter the workforce and contribute to their communities.
GICO’s dedication to Central Oklahoma’s youth can be seen through its mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17, its adjustment program for high school students preparing to transition into the working world, and especially in its scholarship for high school students with disabilities.
GICO encourages students with disabilities to pursue continuing education by awarding a high school senior with the GICO Abilities Scholarship each year and the survival of this scholarship hinges on the success of this fundraiser.
The objective is to replenish the funds in our scholarship so that we may continue to support the youth in Oklahoma.
It is for these reasons that GICO requests your generous contribution as a corporate sponsor for the Peace, Love & Goodwill Benefit Festival.