Meet the 2015 Goodwill Award Winners

Goodwill hosted our 45th Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 6th at the Hilton Knoxville, where 11 extraordinary clients and community partners were recognized for their outstanding dedication in 2015. The banquet, hosted by Bob Kesling, Voice of the Vols, serves as an important tool in highlighting the successes of Goodwill's clients, and publicly recognizing their achievements.

This year's event was attended by 155 individuals, including representatives from Mayor Madeline Rogero's office and the office of Senator Lamar Alexander. Videos were presented to introduce each award winner and plaques and certificates were presented on behalf of Goodwill and government officials. See the videos above.

Goodwill's mission is to provide vocational services and employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. In 2015, Goodwill served over 4,100 individuals in their 15-county service area. While there are thousands of individuals deserving of recognition for their commitment to their employment, we were honored to have the chance to recognize a few at this event.

Front Row, left to right: Daphanie Scott, Heather Newcomb, Charlie Welch, Anna Grace Burgin, Katelin Smith, Julie Switzer. Back Row, left to right: Kelly Brennan and Paul Jordan representing the Hilton Knoxville, Richard Gaddis, Kasey Kegley and Matt Peeples representing The Point, Theron Strickland representing Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Front Row, left to right: Daphanie Scott, Heather Newcomb, Charlie Welch, Anna Grace Burgin, Katelin Smith, Julie Switzer. Back Row, left to right: Kelly Brennan and Paul Jordan representing the Hilton Knoxville, Richard Gaddis, Kasey Kegley and Matt Peeples representing The Point, Theron Strickland representing Tennessee School for the Deaf.

2015 Goodwill Award Winners

Employee of the Year
Anna Grace Burgin

Employer of the Year
Marshalls

Most Improved Client of the Year
Heather Newcomb

Skills Training Client of the Year
Richard Gaddis

GoodGuides Mentee of the Year
Katelin Smith

GoodGuides Mentor of the Year
Julie Switzer

Careers in Retail Initiative
Client of the Year

Daphanie Scott

Careers in Retail Initiative
Employer of the Year

Hilton Knoxville

Careers in Retail Initiative
Community Partner of the Year

The Point

Recognition of Outstanding Performance from the Community Rehabilitation Agencies of Tennessee
Charlie Welch

Recognition of Outstanding Performance and Dedication to Transition Services
Tennessee School for the Deaf

Congratulation to all award winners on their accomplishments and achievements. We are very proud of you!