Vibrant Occasions Catering recently had the honor of catering the highly anticipated Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’ Gala for Good 2023 at Venue at Westwood in North Little Rock, Arkansas. This remarkable event brought together community leaders, philanthropists, and supporters to celebrate the incredible work done by the foundation. With an impressive array of awards, activities, and an exquisite dinner, the gala was a night to remember. Let’s dive into the details and relive the magic of this lavish affair.

A Night of Prestige and Recognition

The Gala for Good 2023 was a grand celebration, recognizing the accomplishments of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. Attendees were treated to a series of prestigious awards honoring individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the community. From outstanding volunteers to corporate partners, the awards ceremony highlighted the dedication and generosity of those who support Goodwill’s mission.

Engaging Activities and Entertainment

Throughout the evening, guests indulged in a variety of engaging activities that added an element of excitement to the event. From silent auctions featuring exclusive items to live entertainment from talented local musicians, every moment was designed to create an unforgettable experience. Attendees mingled, networked, and connected with like-minded individuals, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.

Vibrant Occasions Catering’s Exceptional Dinner

As the chosen caterer for this prestigious event, Vibrant Occasions Catering treated the gala attendees to a sumptuous dinner that showcased the creativity and attention to detail that Vibrant Occasions is known for. From exquisitely plated appetizers to delectable main courses and decadent desserts, every dish was a delightful masterpiece. The team at Vibrant Occasions ensured that dietary preferences and restrictions were accommodated without compromising on flavor or presentation.


The Gala for Good menu featured an impressive selection of dishes, starting with the VIP Cocktail Hour’s Chef’s Board with house-smoked meats, cheeses, and fresh fruit, followed by a delicious plated dinner featuring Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs, Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, and Roasted Broccolini, with a vegan option of Stuffed Acorn Squash with P. Allen Smith’s Ralston Farms’ Harvest Blend Rice, sauteed vegetables, and vegan cucumber aioli. The dining tables were pre-set with a Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Salad and freshly-baked sweet rolls, while alternating every other seat was an Apple Brown Betty or a Chocolate Mousse Shooter, highlighting the chef’s expertise in creating beautiful and tasty desserts.

A Testament to Vibrant Occasions’ Excellence

The successful execution of the Gala for Good 2023 is a testament to the Vibrant Occasions team’s ability to handle large-scale, extravagant events with finesse and professionalism. Vibrant Occasions’ collaboration with the Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helped showcase our expertise in creating memorable experiences that leave a lasting impression on all attendees.


We were in need of a great caterer to do a plated dinner for 600 people for our Gala for Good and we asked Vibrant Occasions to do that for us. They were a wonderful team to work with. From the beginning of the tastings until the end of our Gala, they were top notch. The food was amazing. People that attended the event said one of the best things about our event was the fantastic food. They were amazing in their service that night and made it an event to remember,” says Shannon Boshears, Senior Vice President of Development of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.


Proceeds from the event will support Goodwill’s mission to offer life-changing opportunities to individuals seeking education, training and employment to better their lives, their families and the communities in which they live. These programs include:


  • The Excel Center, the only adult high school in Arkansas.
  • The Academy, a trade school offering certifications and training in the top industries in Arkansas.
  • Career Services, assisting those seeking employment with career counseling and other job readiness assistance.
  • Reentry Services, providing services to individuals who are reentering the workforce and community after being justice-involved.


The Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’ Gala for Good 2023 was a truly spectacular event, celebrating the achievements of the foundation while bringing together the community in support of a noble cause. Whether it’s a grand gala or an intimate gathering, Vibrant Occasions Catering is the perfect partner to make your event extraordinary.


Photos used with permission: Shannon Boshears/Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.

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