Ladies en­joy a night out

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON

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.

JA­COB ROBIN­SON/ DELHI NEWS RECORD

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.

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