Ladies enjoy a night out
The annual Ladies Night Out/Women in Business event in Delhi was a truly local affair on Oct. 24.
For the 18th consecutive year, the event – presented by the Simcoe Reformer and Delhi News-Record – welcomed women from businesses across Norfolk for an evening of shopping, dinner, and entertainment.
The schedule in recent years has included a comedian, but the organizers changed things up by bringing in local radio personality Aaron Gautreau followed by popular Norfolk singer/musician Felicia McMinn.
“We’ve had some feedback in the past from some who have liked the idea of the comedian and sometimes people don’t always like the comedian portion of it depending on how far the comedian can go,” said Sue Downs, advertising manager with the Reformer. “What we’ve decided to do is to change it up this year and see what kind of response we get.”
A native of the Maritimes, Gautreau relocated to Simcoe a number of years ago to ply his trade for MyFM. At the age of two, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that attacks muscle cells. He endured dozens of treatments and surgeries before his leg was amputated in his early 20s, but that hasn’t slowed him down. Recently, Gautreau announced plans to become a motivational speaker.
During his presentation, Gautreau spoke of the challenges he faced in childhood and early adulthood.
“You have one life … fight for it,” he said. His message was one of encouragement, saying often people focus on their weaknesses instead of their strengths.
One of the highlights of the night is the trade show. This year 16 vendors were on hand.
“I think the good thing about that is that if someone has a new lineup of something they’re selling at their store, this gives them the opportunity to showcase that,” said Downs. “It’s a good opportunity for people to be speaking directly to the people that are going to be buying their products.”
Cindy Vanderstar of Cashmere and Cobwebs, located in both Port Rowan and Port Dover, agreed.
“We are always broadening our profile and we want to be one of the top businesses in the area and what better way?” she said. “This is my customer ( base) – women in business and successful women.”
Setting aside everything else, the night is also a chance for businesses to show how much they value their employees.
“I think it’s an excellent way for an employer to say ‘we appreciate everything you do throughout the year and we’re sending all of you to this awesome night out’,” said Downs.
Cindy Vanderstar of Cashmere and Cobwebs in Port Rowan and Port Dover was one of the participants in the annual Ladies Night Out/Women in Business event at the Delhi German Home on Oct. 24. The 18th annual gathering attracted a total of 225 women.