By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 15, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- One of Fort Rucker's most popular events that caters to ladies is returning to The Landing to provide women of the Wiregrass a special night out.
The Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation is bringing back Girls' Night Out to the ballroom at The Landing July 22 from 6-9 p.m., where people can enjoy a live DJ, dancing, visiting various organizations throughout the community, shopping opportunities and door prizes, according to Aida Stallings, DFMWR community recreation division business manager.
Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, which includes a drink stub good for one beverage, and giveaways throughout the night, including a grand prize drawing for a Michael Kors handbag at the end of the evening, said Stallings. Tickets are available at MWR Central in Bldg. 5700, The Landing Zone, The Landing Zone Catering Office and the Coffee Zone in Lyster Army Health Clinic.
A host of local businesses and organizations donate different prizes, such as gift certificates and gift baskets to be given out throughout the night, said Stallings, and during the last event, more than 300 women were in attendance from the surrounding communities.
This year's event will showcase more numerous organizations that cater to women that will set up tables to featuring their services and goods, including spas, medical services, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and more.
Ladies should also suit up in their best 80s attire for the 80s trivia and best dressed contest.
The event is open to the public, for ages 18 and older, and tickets are available at The Landing, MWR Central, The Landing Catering Office and Coffee Zone locations, or can be purchased at the door on the night of the event.
"This is a great event for the ladies to have a good time and shop the latest trends in the area," said Stallings, adding that the event takes weeks of preparation to provide a night of pampering, fun and excitement for ladies of the local area.
Dianna Diole, military spouse, said that she attends Girls Night Out every chance she gets with her girlfriends, and at a previous event said she had an amazing time with her friends.
"You never know what you're going to find out here," she said. "You can come here and get some waxing done, try out some different beauty products or just come and hang out with friends and dance. It's really just a fun night to hang out.
"We all love to dance and the music was great," she said. "Sometimes dancing just makes you feel better, and if you have all your friends to dance with you then there just isn't a better time to be had."
The event has been put on since 2011, and is not just an opportunity to promote local businesses, but also serves as a way to boost morale and give ladies a chance to "let their hair down," said Stallings.
"A big part of what we do is to provide morale-boosting and recreational fun," added Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director. "Girls Night Out is one of our most-loved events and it's just a fun opportunity for our female population to get together."
"It's just a great way for women to grab their friends and have a little fun," said Stallings. "It's nice to have a night out that caters directly to the women with shopping and dancing all in one place."
For more information, call 255-1749.