LIMA ‚?? More than 700 women came out to the first-ever Ladies‚?? Night Out event Thursday night at the University of Northwest Ohio Event Center, packed full with a fashion show, wine tastings, food and comedians.
‚??It‚??s fun, it‚??s relaxing. We‚??re having a blast,‚?Ě said Breanne Carder, of Delphos, who was with her mom, aunts and cousins. ‚??My dad bought us this table for a good girls‚?? night out. ‚?Ľ I can‚??t wait until the next one.‚?Ě
The evening started out with appetizers and wine tastings. For Pauline Wank and Carol Vennekotter, those parts were perhaps their favorites.
‚??We‚??re been sampling the wine,‚?Ě said Vennekotter, of Continental. Her favorite wine so far was a riesling from The Wine Sellers. They were with several others from an exercise group that works out in Ottawa.
Several vendors were also in attendance, including Ashley Furniture, Tracy‚??s Appliances, Ohio State Beauty Academy and The Ritz, among many others.
‚??Women are our best customers,‚?Ě said Jeff Tracy, owner of Tracy‚??s Appliances, who was also a big sponsor in the event. ‚??This is the kind of stuff they want,‚?Ě pointing to two model refrigerators, a microwave and an oven on display.
The Ritz, which is a longtime local business specializing in all women‚??s breast care needs, showed off different items they have available at their West Market Street store, including lingerie, maternity and slim wear.
‚??We want to be your breast friends,‚?Ě said Michele Hicks, who‚??s with The Ritz. They also helped sponsor the fashion show.
Chicago-based comedians Megan Gailey, Jeanie Doogan and Joe Kilgallon wrapped up the night, leaving women in stitches.
Kilgallon joked that his partners didn‚??t tell them it was an all-women‚??s event, which he said overwhelmed him a bit.
‚??I can feel the estrogen in here,‚?Ě he said, with a roar of laughter that followed.
For longtime friends Diane Hoffman, Judy Poling, Linda Zickafoose and Sandy Downhower, all of Lima, they were very excited to attend.
‚??It‚??s nice to have an event like this in Lima,‚?Ě said Poling, who said she was making phone calls to purchase tickets before they even went on sale. The event ended up being a sellout.
Zickafoose and Downhower said back massages were their favorite part. And Hoffman liked just about everything.
‚??I just like watching all the people,‚?Ě she said. ‚??I can‚??t see anyone that isn‚??t having any fun. Everyone‚??s smiling."