The 7th annual Girls Night Out event hosted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia Williamson Woman’s Club is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd. The 2019 theme is the classic, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Wear your favorite version of the little black dress and throw on your pearls. It’s time for a fabulously fun evening, darlings!
Fun With a Purpose
Girls Night Out is one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter. This domestic violence shelter serves Mingo and Logan County, West Virginia and part of Pike County, Kentucky. All proceeds from the event are donated to the shelter to cover operating costs. In 2018, the Williamson Woman’s Club donated $5,000.00 to the shelter.
“In 2018, the shelter served a total of 813 victims of domestic violence, including women, men, and children. All of our services are free. Thanks to the funds raised by the Williamson Woman's Club through Girls Night Out, we are able to keep our services free of charge. We do have grants to pay certain costs, but there is always a need for a housing deposit, transportation to court hearings or doctor visits, shoes for children, special dietary items that aren’t available, and other expenses,” says Sherry Hatfield, Tug Valley Recovery Shelter Victims’ Advocate.
Girls Night Out has evolved into one of the most anticipated events of the year in Williamson. Themes have ranged from the wildly vibrant, “Havana Nights” to the vintage speakeasy feel of “The Great Gatsby.” The club members work nearly year-round to prepare for this event.
“We love this project! We work most of the year preparing, with the final ten days before the big night being the push to transform our event space into something beautiful,” says club president, Chris Dotson.
Over the past few years and again this year, Girls Night Out has found a home in the Williamson Fire Department event space.
“Williamson Fire Department Chief Joey Carey and his staff have been very supportive of the Williamson Woman’s Club and this fundraising event. They go above and beyond to make sure the facility is available. We truly appreciate their continued support of our club and our community,” says Dana Wright, Williamson Woman’s Club member.
Bring Your Dollars!
During the evening, ticket holders are treated to on-site vendors, a delicious dinner, fun photo-ops, and a dollar auction for fantastic prizes. If you’re not familiar with a dollar auction, gifts are wrapped and tagged with a poem that gives a hint as to what is inside. You can buy as many tickets as you’d like for $1.00 each to try to win the prize. All prizes have a value of at least $25.00 but are often much more valuable. Prizes ranging from household items like Keurig coffee machines to Tiffany’s jewelry are offered.
A Girl Doesn’t Read This Sort of Thing Without Her Lipstick
The bad news: If you haven’t purchased your ticket for Girls Night Out 2019, you’re out of luck. The event is sold out and you must have a ticket to enter. However, if you’d like to donate to the Williamson Woman’s Club Club to increase the donation amount to the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter, the club will accept sponsorship until April 26, 2019. All sponsors will be recognized on social media, in the event program, and on the event sponsorship wall.
Club member, Leigh Ann Ray says, “The goal of any event is for everyone to have a good time, but also remember, this is a fundraiser for an amazing cause, so we want everyone to be generous in their bidding.”
If you’d like more information on becoming a sponsor for the event, contact Chris Dotson at 304-785-6773 or any Williamson Woman’s Club Member. You can also message the club on their Facebook page GFWC WV Williamson Woman’s Club.
Don’t forget to follow the club on Facebook so you can keep up with their upcoming projects, events, and the next Girls Night Out!