Donations dropped off at Discover Goodwill's attended donation centers and retail centers accomplish much more than people would ever imagine.

The sale of donated items helps fund 20 programs that help people become independent, the 840 attendees at Discover Goodwill's annual dinner April 25 at The Broadmoor learned.

Karla Grazier, the nonprofit's president/CEO, made the analogy that if each of those present that evening donated items to Discover Goodwill, those collective donations could fund 140 local job placements.

Two top business award recipients were announced: the Daniels Fund, which gave a $1 million grant to the Paths to Independence capital campaign dedicated to a one-of-a-kind life-experience program, and Wal-Mart, which for 20 years has provided parking spaces for five attended donation centers.

Individual award recipients were Joel Ramos-Jimenez, Tandy Brown, Patti Vasquez, and Ashley Arellanes.

Honored for their work with and support of Discover Goodwill: Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County Department of Human Services, Ent Federal Credit Union and Sunny Vista.