By: Values Editor | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2017
Shoppers enjoy the Leading Ladies Expo at the Claremore Conference Center last year. The Expo returns to Claremore on Oct. 12, 2017.
For more than a decade, the women of Claremore have gathered at the annual Ladies Lifestyle event to enjoy a night out of shopping, socializing and a good time. This ultimate ladies night out will return Thursday, October 12 with it’s new name, the Leading Ladies Expo. The name change reflects what the event has become over the years; a celebration of the important contributions made by the most inspiring women in our community.
The Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street have designed the event to provide products, services and information women need and want to make their lives more efficient, more productive and happier. Regardless of their age or circumstances, women will find something valuable there. It is not only a great way to discover new and exciting things available locally, it is also a wonderful opportunity to network with other area women.
“It’s such a fun event for local ladies to come out with their friends, sisters and daughters to enjoy a night out,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Claremore Main Street, one of the event’s hosts. “The best part, however, is when we get to honor local women with the Leading Ladies Awards.”
Hosted from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Claremore Conference Center at 1400 Country Club Drive, the event features shopping, massages, hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, wine samples, a health seminar by presenting sponsor Hillcrest Hospital, a selfie station and giveaways every half hour.
The third annual Leading Ladies Awards will be presented by News on 6’s LeAnne Taylor, a local news anchor and breast cancer survivor. The awards honor seven women in the community who go above and beyond the call of duty and are nominated by their peers.
Nominations are due by Sept. 19. Nomination forms can be found at claremore.org or by visiting the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd. All nominations are then sent out of town for judging.
A ladies’ event simply wouldn’t be complete without tons of shopping opportunities to enjoy. Vendors from many women-owned businesses will feature arts and crafts, clothing and accessories, body products, home décor, gifts and much more.
The event is still accepting vendor applications, but space is limited. Vendors are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Vendor applications can be downloaded online from claremore.org or picked up at the Chamber office.
Major sponsors of this year’s event are A&B Bail Bonds, Autumn Wood, BancFirst, Carol’s Place Hair & Nail Salon, Northeast Tech, The Pink House, RCB Bank, Tulsa Federal Credit Union and Wallace for Life.
“Our sponsors make this event possible,” said Dell Davis, Chamber President & CEO. “We are so appreciative of the support of our presenting sponsor, Hillcrest Hospital, as well as our nine major sponsors.”
The event is hosted by the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street, nonprofit organizations designed to better improve the quality of life in Rogers County and enhance business success in the area.
New this year, the Leading Ladies Expo is selling corporate tables for $250. The tables offer eight seats as a place to enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and watch the awards ceremony. Call the Chamber at 918-341-2818 to book your corporate table or for more information about the event.
Dana Pugh is a writer, photographer and web designer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began her career as a U.S. Army Public Affairs Specialist and currently writes for Values Magazine.
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