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‘A fun night to hang out’: Shopping, prizes, music, dancing all on tap at Girls’ Night Out

Ladies dance with Sgt. Ted E. Bear during Girls Night Out at The Landing’s ballroom Feb. 26. (Photo by Tori Evans)

Ladies dance with Sgt. Ted E. Bear during Girls Night Out at The Landing’s ballroom Feb. 26. (Photo by Tori Evans)

Published: March 3, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 3, 2016) -- Shopping, food, prizes, and music and dancing were all on tap as one of Fort Rucker’s most popular events returned to The Landing.

The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation held its first Girls Night Out for the year where ladies got the chance to browse vendors, to win prizes and dance the night away, said Aida Stallings, DFMWR community recreation division business manager.

“This is a fun event where people get to get out with just their girlfriends and shop, eat, get pampered and leave with some really nice things,” she said. “We always have great giveaways with great music and dancing, and everyone has a good time. It’s a great event for ladies to have a good time and shop the latest trends in the area, also.”

Ladies were treated to giveaways throughout the night, including 100 handbags and a grand door prize, which included a Michael Kors bag filled with goodies.

More than 45 organizations set up booths that allowed women to browse local shops, spas, vacation destinations, cosmetics, jewelry, as well as medical specialists that cater especially to women.

Dianna Diole, military spouse, said that she attends Girls Night Out every chance she gets with her girlfriends.

“You never know what you’re going to find out here,” she said. “You can come here and get some waxing done, try out some different beauty products or just come and hang out with friends and dance. It’s really just a fun night to hang out.”

For many, dancing was the most memorable part of the night, something that Diole said she and her friends never miss a chance to do.

“We all love to dance and the music has been great,” she said. “Sometimes dancing just makes you feel better, and if you have all your friends to dance with you then there just isn’t a better time to be had.”

“It doesn’t hurt to win prizes either,” added Trina Miller, military spouse and friend of Diole. “I would never miss the chance to win a new handbag. If it can save me money, then I’m there.”

Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director, said although the night is about making sure the ladies have a good time shopping and dancing, it’s more about bringing them together.

“A big part of what we do is to provide morale-boosting and recreational fun,” she said. “Girls Night Out is one of our most-loved events and it’s just a fun opportunity for our female population to get together.”

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