By Kyle Ford U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public AffairsAugust 15, 2008
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Ladies received an evening of pampering, fashion, food and drink at Ladies' Night at the Tropics, Aug. 8.The Tropics partnered with Army Family Covenant and Blue Star Card programs to create a fun night out for spouses of deployed Soldiers. The event was another example of the Army's commitment under the Family Covenant to provide families with a supportive environment in which they can thrive."Spouses being able to drop their children off at the Child Development Center and getting pampered helps the soul," said Tiffany Williams, family member and Tropics employee.Participants enjoyed a fashion show featuring fellow family members, mini makeup clinics, and complimentary hair styling."The mini makeover gives them a small break and a boost to their self image," added Williams. "They will get all dolled up and take a photo to send to their husbands in Iraq or get online and do the video thing. Just one night makes a big impact on a person.""It's always great to provide an event that shows how much we appreciate people for what they do, especially what spouses do to support our Soldiers," said Darlene Marshall, Blue Star Card program coordinator.The community supported participants by providing representatives and services for the event."I was so glad when they called me again," said Michele Guanson, an Arbonne International, independent consultant who participated in a similar event on Fort Shafter. "I get to meet a lot of wonderful women and love to hear stories that I helped someone with my products.""It never ceases to amaze me how supportive of the military our community is," Marshall said. "It's also fun to host an event that has several different elements - if fashion is your thing, you'll enjoy the fashion show, but if it isn't you can enjoy the makeup, or if you're into hair you can get a little added style from the people at Paul Mitchell."The ladies all appreciated the chance to get out of the house."It's something different that we can do on a Friday night," said Nicole Williams, family member. "It's a fun night and an excuse to get dressed up and have fun.""I'll do anything that offers child care," said Hollie Aspland, a family member who participated in the fashion show. "I did it because I never have, and I thought it might be fun.""This event was really for the spouses of deployed Soldiers to come out, relax, have some fun and unwind," said Sarah Horrigan, Army Family Covenant Program Coordinator. "Plus everyone loves to feel pampered."