(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire will honor clients, staff, employees, business partners and the Board of Directors at its annual company picnic, Friday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Goodwill headquarters, 7220 Sallie Mood Drive. The event coincides with the nationally designated Goodwill Industries Week, which takes place each year during the first week of May. The afternoon’s festivities will include games, giveaways, dancing, music, a picnic lunch and an awards presentation.  “The annual picnic is a wonderful opportunity to honor many individuals and businesses that make it possible for Goodwill Industries to serve the needs of the community,” says Mohsen Badran, CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire.  In addition to an afternoon of fun activities, the picnic will also include the presentation of several awards, among them the Goodwill Industries Service Award, Community Partner of the Year and Business Partner of the Year. Other awards presented will include the Goodwill Achiever of the Year, an award for program customers who have demonstrated success in overcoming vocational barriers; Goodwill Graduate of the Year awards, which are presented to program participants who have graduated from programs and have continued outstanding achievement in conquering vocational barriers and maintaining employment; and the Robert A. Lapsley Award, an honor presented to the individual who has faced the challenges of living with a disabling condition and successfully overcome vocational barriers to secure and maintain competitive employment. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-profit organization currently employs more than 500 employees locally and provides services for more than 770 people. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina and operates 12 retail locations in the region. In addition to the thrift shops, Goodwill accepts tax deductible car donations and operates an online store at shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, please call 912-354-6611, email info@goodwillsavannahga.org or visit www.goodwillsavannahga.org.

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