WILLIAMSON – Plans are underway for one of the Tug Valley’s most enjoyable events and the goal this year is for it to be bigger and better than last year.
Members of the GFWC-WV Williamson Woman’s Club and the staff of the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter are currently organizing this year’s Girls’ Night Out event to benefit the shelter, which provides services for victims of domestic violence in Mingo and Logan counties in West Virginia and the Fifth and Sixth districts of Pike County in Kentucky.
The TVRC, a 501(c) not-for-profit organization, has had to deal will severe budget cuts over the past several years. The Girls’ Night Out event is a fundraiser designed to help the shelter bridge its funding gap.
The first Girls’ Night Out event was held last April and raised $3,400 for the TVRC.
“Domestic violence is something no one should have to face,” said Leigh Ann Ray, woman’s club president. “Unfortunately, it is all too prevalent in the Tug Valley. The Tug Valley Recovery Shelter and its staff go above and beyond to help victims of domestic violence in our area, and it’s getting harder because funding they’ve depended on over the years is either no longer available or is being cut. Girls’ Night Out is our way of trying to help the shelter help those in need.”
Ray said that the first Girls’ Night Out event was more successful than organizers had hoped.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” Ray recalled. “We didn’t know if anyone would show up. When it was all said and done, there was standing room only and even that was limited. We had a great time and were able to raise more money and awareness than we ever thought possible.”
This year’s event is scheduled for April 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and will be held at the former Williamson High School gymnasium located on Alderson Street in Williamson. Tickets are $10 and are available from woman’s club members, TVRC staff and at the Coal House.
Those attending the event will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet as they arrive. The event will begin with shopping among 21 local vendors and refreshments. Products/vendors scheduled to attend this year’s Girls’ Night Out are: Scentsy; Thirty-One; Longaberger; Pampered Chef; Tupperware; Silpada Jewelry; knitted/crocheted gifts by private individuals; Origami Owl; Body by Vi; Celebrating Home; Paparazzi Jewelry; Park Lane Jewelry; Jam Berry Nails and handmade wreaths by Family Traditions; Advocare; Pretty Hands & Feet by Angela; Younique; Just Jewelry; Cisteen Candles; Pink Zebra; Initials Inc. and candles by Jody Davis.
The evening’s featured activity will be a dollar auction during which those attending will have the opportunity to bid on secret prizes valued at $25 or more for one dollar per bid.
“Dollar auctions are a lot of fun,” Ray said. “You can win some really great prizes for as little as one dollar.”
Participants will also have an opportunity to buy chances on a two-day getaway to the Smoky Mountains, courtesy of Steve and Tracy Francis.
For more information about Girls’ Night Out, contact Ray at 606-794-3564 or Sherry Hatfield at 304-235-6121, ext. 206.