By LISA M. HOFFMANN
IRON MOUNTAIN - 'Girls' Night Out' is being considered a huge success by those who attended and helped organize the third annual event.
Auctioneer Col. Dan Samson of Escanaba gets the crowd going as he models the “Roping for the Ta Tas” bra that was donated by the women at Finch & Finch of Iron Mountain.
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Betsy "Chesty Glitterheat" Lake of Quinnesec said the night was great fun.
"It was great fun to come out and support such a great cause. This is my first year coming out to enjoy ladies night out. I was impressed with the creativity behind each of the bras that were created and the models did a fantastic job showing off and helping the crowd have fun," she said.
Lake noted the roller derby girls were awesome and she would definitely be back next year.
Susie Fox of Iron Mountain said the event is for a good cause.
"I can't imagine a better cause to stand up for and just keep fighting for. I mean we are all women and it's a great thing," she said. "What a great festive atmosphere."
Girls Night Out focuses on breast cancer awareness and shopping. Women decorate bras for "Bras for a Cause."
The first 250 viewers pay a $2 donation and received a "Wear it, Share it" pink ribbon gift package from Savage Mane.
A final viewing and silent auction of the bras was held at Sol Blu Lounge.
Fox bought the winning bra of the night, entitled "Tee Hee Hee Time" for $350.
The women also visit downtown shops and enter to win prizes.
Jonathan L Ringel, Iron Mountain Main Street Manager, said Savage Mane had given out more than 250 cancer care packages by 6:15 p.m. The packages contained American Cancer Society literature.
"Merchants noted it was a great way to gain exposure for their business while supporting charitable organizations, including Eric Palmisano Care Packages, Caring House, Salvation Army and American Cancer Society," Ringel said.
Melissa VanPembrook and Kerri Hudson of Twisted Sisters Boutique said that Girls' Night Out was fantastic.
"We had a steady stream of ladies in the store all night long and the atmosphere was very upbeat. The night is always a ton of fun and it's great to see so many people out enjoying themselves," Hudson said.
The boutique owners noted Girls' Night Out isn't just about shopping.
"It's about hanging out with old friends, meeting new friends, finding great new places to visit downtown, and enjoying everything our downtown has to offer," VanPembrook said. "Small towns have their own wonderful atmosphere and on Girls' Night Out, our downtown merchants go all out to show their best. We have so much fun with all the ladies who stop in to Twisted Sisters and our PJ party for the Caring House brings out the best in our community. Every year the ladies here step up and remind us how really wonderful this town is and how lucky we area to live here."
VanPembrook added they haven't counted the pajamas yet, but are sure there are even more then last year.
"Kerri and I want to thank everyone who helped make that happen, the ladies who brought in PJs and our wonderful sponsors who donate to our grand prize package," she said.
Ringel estimated that close to 500 women participated in Girls Night Out.
"The positive and alive vibe was especially exciting to see," he said. "Spiro's had reservations only and had been filled since early in the week. I even saw a few men picking up some items that their wife appeared to have picked out that night."
Ringel added, "Most ladies in attendance turned it into a real GNO (Girls Night Out) with dinner, pampering and great shopping."
Organizers are already looking forward to the 2012 event which will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, he said.
Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.