By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterFebruary 27, 2014
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (February 27, 2014) -- The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation invites women to enjoy the seventh bi-annual Girls Night Out at the ballroom in The Landing March 7 from 6-9 p.m.
This lady's expo features shopping, browsing and entertainment, all of which are specifically catered to women's needs when it comes to health, fashion and beauty, 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.
Tickets are $10 and will also be available at the door the night of the event. Ticket price includes entrance to the expo, a beverage, disc jockey entertainment, a fashion show, door prizes, gift bags and samplings from numerous vendors that cater to women.
"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," said Dukes. "They can browse booths, shop, learn current trends, get an update on women's health issues, meet with friends and just have a good time.
"I enjoy the camaraderie of this event as numerous patrons get to engage with several businesses that cater to women," she continued.
Vendors that will be in attendance include: salons, retail stores, spas, at-home businesses and boutiques, and products such as cosmetics, makeup, jewelry, hair pieces, candles and lingerie will be featured.
During the event, there will be a drawing for 100 designer bags and a grand prize will be given away before the end of the night. People must be present to win.
This event, said Brian Jackson, DFMWR program manager, is not just a chance for women to shop and network at the 30 attending vendor booths, but is an opportunity for women who may be new to the area to get to know the local community businesses.
"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," he said.
Jackson added that it is a great way for women to get away from work and the stress of the week.
"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," he said. "For only a $10 ticket, patrons have a great chance of winning a door prize and even a shot at the surprise grand prize."
The high-energy night is the perfect time to get a babysitter and just have a night out with girlfriends, said Kristi Fink, special events coordinator, adding that the fashion show is a highlight.
"The event is held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Both event dates are during a date to kick off (the) respective seasons with a fashion show to showcase the upcoming arrivals for that season," she said. "It's a great way for ladies to grab a group of their friends and have a night out to enjoy a fun event on post."