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Story by Lindsey Enns
Friday night marked the long awaited ultimate girls night out. “Hope and the City” had 500 women all dolled up for an evening packed full of fashion, entertainment and socializing all while raising over $50,000 for a good cause.
The event set out to celebrate the beauty of being a woman while more importantly raising money for breast, colon and childhood cancer research. After months of planning and preparation the evening went off without a hitch and Mardi Plomp and the rest of her “Dreambeliever team” were able to enjoy the event that they had worked so hard to organize.
“From what we’ve heard everyone was very pleased with how the night went and they are all looking forward to next year already,” Mardi Plomp said.
She also said that they won’t know for about another week what they raised in total but she is quite sure that they reached their goal of $50,000.
“I can’t wait to see what we raised for the fight against cancer,” she said.
Next year she plans to host another 500 ladies and says that the funds will go towards supporting our local hospital and will concentrate on colon cancer. Plomp and the rest of her team will already be meeting at the end of this month to discuss plans for next year’s fundraising event. As for her favourite part of the evening, she couldn’t decide.
“I loved everything. I loved the ambiance, the joy of fashion, the models, the survivors and the amount of support from the community just made us all so proud of Dryden once again,” she said.
The event featured an envelope auction with items worth over $17,000, a fashion show with clothes and jewelry donated by several local shops, a queen and princess gift basket, two performances by Judi Green, music by Bootleg Vinyl and eight glamour stations where guests treated themselves to pink highlights by Cutter’s Hair Studio.
“We have received a phenomenal amount of support for a community of this size.”
Correction from last week’s Hope and the City article: When one of their events was rained out, lunch was not served on the floor, “they ate inside our home in the living room, dining room, family room and the screened-in porch.”