GRAVENHURST - Women took the night off for fashion, fire and fun while raising money for Sick Kids Thursday, Nov. 29.
Home Hardware of Gravenhurst hosted Ladies Night Out last week. Besides Home Hardware, local merchants, personal services, fire services and restaurants displayed wares and demonstrations. Gravenhurst Fire Services had demonstrations of breathless CPR and taught participants the proper use of a fire extinguisher.
Photo by Richard Coburn
More than 75 women attended the annual ladies’ night at Gravenhurst Home Hardware to raise money for Sick Kids Hospital and collect food for the Salvation Army Food Bank in Gravenhurst.
Brandy Stevenson, employee of Home Hardware and one of the organizers of the event, said along with being a fundraiser, the event is also a way to promote shopping locally.
“The gist of our ladies’ night is to help out other businesses in town,” she said.
To attend the evening women brought a non-perishable food item for the food bank and paid $10, which will be donated to Sick Kids.
Stevenson said the tickets sold out, raising more than $750 for Sick Kids, and people were still coming with their friends and family.
Activities inside included many local businesses who shared their expertise on everything from barbecuing to painting and featured hors d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants. It also included a local author and a hat merchant.
Outside, the Gravenhurst Fire Department lit fires in the parking lot and showed women how to use a fire extinguisher.
Stevenson said the big hits were a fashion show by Muskoka Bear Wear, the fire department’s lessons, and the professional barbecuer. The store also made their own wine for the occasion.
Stevenson said the evening, which was very similar to last year’s event, will see some changes next year.
They are already brainstorming what they could do that is different but still exciting, she said.