Ladies Night Out celebrates tenth Year

Ashlyn Colvin, left, and Aria Maldonado walk the runway during the fashion show at the 2017 Pamper Me, Ladies Night Out. - Gila Valley Central Photo

By Brooke Curley

SAFFORD – The Pamper Me . . . Ladies Night Out of fashion, fun, and friendship was celebrated as a decade-long tradition Thursday.

Located at the Eastern Arizona College (EAC) Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center, the night out included vendors, a fashion show, and multiple raffles. Also, the group of women dubbed the Deserving Divas were highlighted for their works in the community through the Hustle Kindness group. This year’s Deserving Divas were Emma Salazar, Serena Nabor, Dr. Amber Conway, Elise Buschbacher, and Jennifer Farris. The Deserving Divas were treated with a makeover, including free hair stylings, makeup and new outfits from local shops. To top the night off, all the entrance fees were donated to Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services (SEACUS), the Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley, and to help pay for Kayla Farris’ medical expenses.

Brooke Curley Photo/Gila Valley Central: From left, Deserving Divas Jennifer and Kayla Farris appear onstage with the event’s creator, Patti Wren.

Patti Wren is the creator of the Ladies Night Out and is the EAC Student Activities Facilitator. Wren told Gila Valley Central that she enjoys conversing with friends and shopping as well as giving back to the community.

“My favorite part of the evening, besides the shopping, is seeing and talking with friends I don’t get to see or talk to often,” Wren said. “(I) Absolutely love giving back to our community. (I) also love the Deserving Divas portion. I really love everything about the event. The committee is amazing. The diamond sponsorships are up. Our vendors are the best. I just love the entire thing.”

Brooke Curley Photo/Gila Valley Central: The canned goods tree collects food donated by attendees of the Ladies Night Out event.

Local businesses are encouraged to attend Ladies Night Out, and local clothing shops all create the fashion show. Various models volunteered from within the community, ranging in ages, to walk up and down the platform to show off the fashion of the Gila Valley. Also, the Deserving Divas took to the platform to show off their new outfits, hair, and makeup.