By TAYLOR HARTZ
Local ladies will enjoy an evening of shopping, salsa dancing, and beauty demonstrations on Tuesday, March 8 at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ladies Night. The event will feature dozens of local vendors, performances, live auctions, raffles, food, and drinks, for a fun-filled girls night benefit.
“We have some sizzling hot activities we’ve added this year,” said Liz Hyatt, Executive Director of the Chamber, of the lineup that includes a performance by Platinum Salsa and a live broadcast by radio 104.1. This year’s night out will benefit Living In Safe Alternatives (LISA), Inc., a non-profit new to Southington.
LISA, Inc.’s mission is “to provide safe, supportive, empowering programs and services for vulnerable young people,” said Executive Director of the non-profit, Kimberly Selvaggi. The organization targets children in Connecticut who are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, and focues on at-risk youth ages 15 to 23 years old. The agency services 65 to 70 children each year, mainly offering options for residential and transitional housing.
The non-profit also offers academic assistance, independent living programs, and “helps young women develop meaningful life skills,” said Selvaggi.
“This was the Chamber’s way to welcome them to Southington and help them gain visibility for their valuable cause,” said Hyatt.
The non-profit recently relocated to 200 Executive Blvd., in Southington.
“We have been embraced by the Southington community—particularly by members of the Southington Chamber of Commerce—and look forward to being of service in the community,” said Selvaggi.
LISA, Inc. plans to put funds raised through the Ladies Night toward their Lisa’s Wish program. This new program will serve up to eight girls living in a supervised apartment. This living arrangement will allow the young women to receive mental and behavior healthcare, and vocational and educational support, while becoming engaged in their community.
Selvaggi said the funds will be used directly to create “welcome bags” for the girls coming into the program, to support recreational bonding exercises for the girls and staff, and to purchase supplies for supportive programs.
Part of this year’s fundraising will include a “Honey-Do” auction where “generous men in the area are donating their services”, said Hyatt. The auction will include private golf lessons, personal training, exterior home repairs, and private chef services
As guests enjoy drinks, food, and performances, shopping stalls will be set up all evening.
Dozens of vendors will offer their products, including bath supplies from Bradley Mountain Soaps, jewelry and watches from Origami Owl, and consignment shopping from The Posh Pear and Vintage from the Heart.
Hair and makeup demonstrations will be offered, along with information on exercise and healthy living from Peter Dominic Salon and Spa, Beachbody, and Ideal Weightloss and Wellness.
Hyatt said the event is “a fabulous opportunity for our participating vendors to shine and showcase their products and services.”
Tickets for Ladies Night can be purchased for $30 online at www.southingtonchamber.com, in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m., or at the door for $35.
The event will run from 5:30p.m. to 8p.m. at The Aqua Turf on March 8.