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A Girls’ Night Out with WBN

Kelly Evertsen, Of the Record Staff

It’s not every night a woman gets the chance to let her hair down, see a fashion show and wine and dine with other women in her hometown. But, Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Park City Women’s Business Network (WBN) will be giving all women in Park City just that opportunity.

"It’s just going to be a fun night out for women to get together and bid on some fun live auction items," said Lori Harris, president of WBN.

The WBN’s annual Fall Fashion Fundraiser and Girls’ Night Out at the Goldener Hirsch Inn in Deer Valley will provide scholarships for Park City High School female seniors who are in need financial aid for college. The event will include a live fashion show, dinner by Goldner Hirsch Executive Chef James Dumas, and live and silent auctions. Also, new to the fundraiser this year, Jessica Garcia from Jessie’s Elegance Underneath lingerie store in Park City will be giving a free pole-dancing exercise demonstration and a prize giveaway for a group of women to attend a free pole-dancing session.

Parkite Blinds by Bern business owner Bernadette Martinelli organized the Women’s Business Network in 1997. The network was designed to bring local women of various business backgrounds together to mingle and share experiences and tips about the workplace. The organization meets every third Tuesday of each month at Miners Hospital. The WBN hosts annual luncheons. What started as a small luncheon fundraiser has now turned into a larger all-women’s night dinner and fundraiser.

"We decided a few years ago that we wanted to spice it up and make it a little more fun and little more exciting – to get women to come together and open their pocketbooks to offer scholarships to women in need who are going into any type of career," Harris said.

At last year’s fundraiser, the WBN raised $12,500 to give scholarships to PCHS women seniors.

"[Last year], we picked two women going into business field, one in political science, one in medical and one going into science," said Candy Erickson, the network’s scholarship director.

Erickson said many businesses and organizations in the community have donated

items and gifts for the live and silent auctions.

Lori Harris, owner of Mary Jane’s clothing boutique on Main Street, has donated clothing and shoes from the boutique. Rebecca Abrams, owner RJ Designs jewelry company, donated jewelry for the fashion show and auction. Other local businesses that donated include Cole Sport, Jans, all three Park City ski resorts, the Egyptian Theatre Company, Eccles Performing Arts Center, restaurants and more.

Erickson said the event is a perfect opportunity to get some early holiday shopping in.

"There will be some great items for Christmas gifts, so it’s a great time to shop," she said.

Tickets are $55 per person and include a 5:30 p.m. mix-and-mingle cocktail hour, a dinner at 7 p.m., the fashion show and auctions. A group pass for a table of 10 is available for $500. Tickets may be purchased at Mary Jane’s boutique on Main Street or at Cole Sport. There are only 125 tickets for the event, so Harris and Erickson recommend buying tickets now before they sell out.

The WBN is always looking to increase its ranks. The yearly membership fee is $50 and includes annual luncheons, monthly meetings and guest speakers that are experts in the business world. All professional women in Park City are invited to join. Wednesday night will be an opportunity to see what it is like, the presidents say. But women to not have to be members to attend the fundraiser.

"Support our P.C. High School graduates with a night out with friends this is an evening not to be missed!" the press release reads. For more information about the event, the Park City Women’s Business Network website at http://www.pcwbn.com or contact Erin Berry at (435) 513-2631.

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