What a night!

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The 11th annual Pamper Me Ladies Night Out was yet another successful evening.

By Jon Johnson


THATCHER – The 11th annual Pamper Me Ladies Night Out on Thursday night was a hit and not only provided a great space for vendors and their select clientele to mix and mingle but also raised money to help a little girl from the community.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Event-goers mingle amongst the various vendors at the 11th annual Pamper Me Ladies Night Out event in Thatcher.

Women from all over the Gila Valley and beyond flocked to the exposition at Eastern Arizona College’s Activities Center to bask in the bevy of products dedicated to them. Numerous vendors offered a variety of women-centered products, including an eclectic variety of food, various spa and exercise facilities, homemade soap and jewelry, specialized lotions, and, of course, beauty supplies and clothing.

The event is the brainchild of EAC’s student activities director Patti Wren, who said the original purpose of the evening was to teach students how to orchestrate such an undertaking and to show the plethora of local fashion possibilities.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Cooper Peck, 11, left, and his brother, Cater Peck, 12, both of Thatcher, present their “Fly Ties” products at the exposition.

Some entrepreneurs also spread out into the realm of what some mothers would be interested in purchasing for their children, as brothers Cooper and Carter Peck, of Thatcher, hawked their “Fly Ties” line.

Giselle and Barry Billeaudeau, of Willcox, have been to each Ladies Night Out event selling their handmade soaps, essential oils, lotions and more. They told the Gila Herald that they always have a great time at the event and it is a very successful night.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Giselle said. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Giselle and Barry Billeaudeau, of Willcox, have been to each Pamper Me Ladies Night Out with their various soaps, essential oils, lotions and more.

While the highlight of the evening was the annual fashion show featuring wares available local clothing stores and modeled by locals, the raffle fundraiser and admission fees benefited Kaybri Echols, a young girl who suffers from epilepsy.

Event volunteer Lisa Oliver operated the grand raffle station and said raising money to help those in the community was an important aspect of the evening for her.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Sherrie Lines, left, watches as her daughter, Shila Lunt, both of Thatcher, explains the benefit of using her chemical-free cleaning product.

“It raises a lot of money for really good causes,” she said.

According to Oliver, the money raised during the event would go toward the purchase of a service dog for Echols.


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