Reviews deem Girls Night Out 'fierce, fabulous'
March 7, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 7, 2013) -- The fifth biannual Girls Night Out March 1 did not disappoint the 330 attending patrons, with many claiming the event to be "fierce," and "fabulous."
Girls Night Out, a ladies-only event that provides local women a taste of what the Wiregrass has to offer in terms of shopping, food and spas in a vibrant atmosphere, impressed a first time attendee who believed the event was the perfect opportunity for women to learn what is beyond the Fort Rucker gates.
"I wasn't sure what to expect, but there is a lot to do and see. It's a cool event and is very informative about women's health and local shopping. It's great for military spouses and civilians," said Army spouse Lisa Sargent.
The night offered dozens of prizes, dancing, picture opportunities, a fashion show, complimentary massages and drinks, and more than enough fun, according to Leigh Ann Dukes, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsorship and advertising sales manager.
"Getting together without the guys is always a recipe for success. It is just a great way for them to shed the stress of the week and get the weekend kicked off right. They can do some window shopping, have some [refreshments] and do a little dancing in a secure atmosphere," she said.
The program was revamped and featured new opportunities this time around with patrons being able to purchase wares from several booths, and that went over really well with business and attendees.
"I love this event because the women coming are my target market and I get a lot of good feedback. It helps me expand my business," said Michelle Balducci-Connelly, Michelle Marie Photography. "People tend to stick with what they know and won't explore a new area or an unfamiliar store; this educates them on what is available to them."
Women were able to purchase jewelry, bags, cosmetics, hair products, lingerie, candles and accessories.
The Southeast Alabama Medical Center made the night possible, according to Dukes, supplying the 100 door-prize-hipster bags as well as giving away all sorts of goodies to patrons. Vendors also provided door prizes, which included designer bags, health screenings, makeup tutorials and gift certificates.
Some vendors that were in attendance include: Mary Kay, Southeast Alabama Medical Center- Women's Medical Center, Scentsy, 2 Girls and a Spa, Uptown Cheapskate, Lock-N-Load and the Pink Poodle.
The fashion show by You Nique Boutique and Stilettos was the highlight of the event to many of the women who attended, and the owner was proud to showcase her styles to fellow Army spouses.
"Military spouses are important because they are the backbone that supports Soldiers to go out and defend our country. Without [spouses], [Soldiers] couldn't succeed in their jobs," said owner Deanna Mortensen.
Mortensen also agreed that the event brings awareness to the spouses and that if they step out into the community they can find great places.
"It is such a small community and a lot of people, especially military spouses, don't know all the nice things we have available in the immediate area. They think it's all cows and chickens, but there are actually a lot of nice shops in the area," she said.
Women who attended said it was wonderful to take a night for themselves, and get away from the busy hustle and bustle of their daily schedules.
"It's good to have girl time, it's healthy to go out with your friends and leave the stress of home behind for a few hours. It is so worth $10 and it makes us feel included. It's nice to know that our needs are being thought about," said Sargent.
Fellow Army wife Marcey Periman said that it is often the job of a military spouse to take care of the children and Soldier, and that they often don't make any time for themselves.
"This one night, for just a couple of hours, we get to let loose and have fun. It is a wonderful event. I am so happy they have continued to host it; it is so exciting," she said.
The fun really began with the opening of the dance floor for everyone to dance the night away with friends. This year men were allowed to attend the DJ Dance Party for free.