By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterAugust 29, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 29, 2013) -- The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation invites women to enjoy the sixth bi-annual Girls Night Out at the ballroom in The Landing Sept. 6.
Women are invited to leave their husbands and children at home for this lady's expo that features shopping, browsing and entertainment, all of which are specifically catered to women, said Leigh Ann Dukes, DFMWR sponsorship and advertising sales manager.
The event is open to the public for ages 18 and older with tickets currently on sale at The Landing Zone. Tickets are $10 and will also be available at the door the night of the event. Ticket price includes entrance to the expo and a beverage.
"Girls Night Out is a ladies-only event that provides local women the chance to meet business owners and employees in a relaxed, yet vibrant atmosphere that is devoted strictly to them," she said. "They can browse booths, shop, learn current trends, discover new self-defense techniques, get an update on women's health issues, meet with friends and just have a good time."
The event lasts from 6-9 p.m., and though the occasion is mainly a showcase event, many vendors will have merchandise for patrons to purchase.
Products such as cosmetics, makeup, jewelry, hair, candles and lingerie are some of the things for purchase.
This event, said Dukes, is not just a chance for women to shop, but for women who may be new to the area to know where these businesses are located.
"It encourages them to explore the Wiregrass and lets them know what the area has to offer," she said.
The Southeast Alabama Medical Center has made the night possible, according to Dukes, supplying the 100 door prize purses as well as giving away all sorts of goodies to patrons.
More than 40 other vendors will be present at the event and each participates in the fun-filled atmosphere. They also provide door prizes to those who stop at their booths.
Door prizes range from designer bags to gift certificates to baskets filled with women's products. Patrons must be present to win the door prizes.
"Each vendor gives out a door prize, some even give away several. So in addition to the 100 we give out, almost everyone will get a door prize," said Dukes.
Vendors that will be in attendance include: salons, retail stores, spas, at home businesses and boutiques.
"Mary Kay, Scentsy, 2 Girls and a Spa, Uptown Cheapskate, Lock-N-Load and the Pink Poodle are some of the businesses that will be there, and a lot of photographers will be in attendance also," said Dukes.
Adding to the experience is a fashion show that will be held at 7:30 p.m.
"The Dandylion Boutique show will last about 30 minutes and has a lot of cute things, so women will really enjoy the showcase," she added.
The demographic of the women who attend is large, with attendees ranging from 18 years old to 65 years old.
"It gets women out of the house and experiencing what Fort Rucker and the local area has to offer. We welcome women of all ages, ethnicities and occupations; young female Soldiers to older female civilians, we want everyone to come," said Brian Jackson, DFMWR program manager.
Women who have busy or stressful lives are encouraged to take a break and take a night for themselves.
"It's a good way for women to get away from work and the stress of the week," he said. "It's a morale-boosting event because women are going to be with their friends and will be able to live it up, as well as get some insight on women's issues and do some shopping."
A special event food menu and beverage specials will be available for purchase all evening, but are not included in ticket price.
The high-energy night is the perfect time to get a babysitter and just have a girl's night out with girlfriends, said Dukes.
"You get so much for 10 bucks. You get all these chances to win about 160 prizes, you get the opportunity to meet new friends, to shop and window shop, to see an amazing fashion show, to get sample massages and information pertinent to women and even a free drink," she said.