Ladies' Night: Help raise funds for area non-profits while celebrating with a night on the town

In what’s become an annual tradition in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Ladies’ Night Out returns for the 15th straight year.

Anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people, depending on the weather, are expected to crowd the city sidewalks this weekend for the event.

More than 20 businesses, including area bars, restaurants, and retailers, participate in the yearly event, featuring specials, giveaways, and promotions, and sometimes all day long.

Ladies’ Night Out raises money for two area organizations, Women’s Initiative and R.I.S.E. Advocacy, Inc., formally known as Women’s Aid Service.

"Ladies’ Night Out coincides with deer hunting season. We didn’t want to call it deer widow season--that sounded too gruesome," downtown development director Michelle Sponseller says with a laugh.

"This is a fun night out, an unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. It’s a simple but fun way to give back."

The festivities officially begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Broadway Theatre. A $5 donation at the door welcomes guests to a late afternoon raffle of prizes provided by local businesses.

Women then go as they wish about downtown, enjoying the many specials offered throughout the business community. Many of the businesses offer specials and events prior to the 4 p.m. event at the Broadway Theatre.

While the deals are undeniable, the opportunity to help raise funds for two area non-profits remains a key motivator for the event.

Since its inception, Ladies’ Night Out has raised more than $25,000 for the Women’s Initiative and R.I.S.E. Advocacy, Inc.

"People often give more than five dollars at the door. And they bring their daughters and talk about how important these services have been in their lives," Sponseller says.

"This is more than just a night out on the town."

Visit Ladies’ Night Out online for a full line-up of participating businesses.

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