Good­will’s Cen­ten­nial Gala

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

If there was one out­fit that was the per­fect fit for the Cen­ten­nial Gala, it was the one worn by Jeanne DiBatista, 65. Al­most all of it had been pur­chased at Good­will … and not just re­cently.

The Bal­ti­more na­tive said she started shop­ping at Good­will when she was 18 years old.

“I was young and poor. I was a hair­dresser my whole life, and I worked with cos­tume de­sign­ers for Bal­ti­more opera com­pa­nies as a wig and makeup artist. They would go to Good­will to buy cos­tume pieces. And we al­ways found such fab­u­lous buys,” she said.

Even though she ended up own­ing her own hair salon, DiBatista said she never stopped shop­ping at Good­will.

“Be­cause I love vin­tage cloth­ing,” she ex­plained.

The coat and hat DiBatista wore to the gala were al­ready vin­tage when she first snagged them 40 years ago at Good­will. The same could be said for the dress she wore, which she found at Good­will a week be­fore the party.

Four years ago, DiBatista sold her Pub­lic Image Hair Salon, and moved to Costa Rica, where she works in an­i­mal res­cue. But she’s found that work gives her yet an­other rea­son to shop at Good­will when she comes home to Bal­ti­more to see fam­ily ev­ery few months.

“I buy an­i­mal res­cue equip­ment there, as well as cloth­ing for chil­dren in Costa Rica,” she said.

HER EN­SEM­BLE: Black vel­vet coat with er­mine tas­sels with match­ing hat, black knit dress, and pearl and crys­tal Y neck­lace — all from Good­will. Sil­ver ball ear­rings she bought in Costa Rica. Black leather “char­ac­ter” the­ater shoes she’s had for years. Black shoul­der bag from a New York City street ven­dor.

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