Girl’s Night Out started in 2010 when six local business owners were discussing how thankful and appreciative they were for their lives and for the many good relationships and connections they had made over the years. They decided they wanted to give back to the community and came up with the idea of a Girl’s Night Out. It would be a women only “slumber party” of sorts. It would be an evening consisting of pampering (massages and makeovers) shopping, music, food, entertainment, and wine tasting. The first event was a success raising $2,400 for the American Cancer Society
On the heels of this success, the committee decided to hold the event annually, but with one stipulation, the money raised should stay local. They would designate a different local charity or organization each year. Collectively, they agreed to waive salaries and operate as a strictly volunteer organization. All ticket and raffle sales would go directly to the chosen beneficiary each year.
The committee has decided to hold smaller events to help defray the expense of running the large event in May. They will also use any extra money to help other local people and groups in need.
Past recipients have been the American Cancer Society, Cancertacular, Camp Bravehearts, Abilities 21, CONCERN and KidsPeace. In just its 3rd year, Girl’s Night Out was able to raise $10,000 for its recipient. It has topped that amount each year and has drawn 300 plus guests annually. Overall, we have raised in excess of $48,000
Applications from local organizations are taken each year. The committee reviews them and meets with each organization for an interview before making their final decision.
The first Tuesday of every May has now been designated as Girl’s Night Out – an evening for women to enjoy food, friends, pampering and shopping while helping our chosen recipient.
Girl’s Night Out is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.