PLATTSBURGH - With long days full of cooking, taking care of families and managing a career, many women often look forward to letting off some steam and unwind with their favorite girlfriends while enjoying a good laugh.
"Girls Night Out is an evening dedicated to women's wellness, and it's in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month," said Sandra Geddes, manager of community outreach at the Foundation of CVPH.
It's an event that has been happening for more than 10 years. This year, Girls Night Out will take place Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the E. Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall, at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. The event will feature two show times at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"Our keynote speaker is usually someone humorous that appeals to the femininity of the crowd in terms of careers, husbands, and family routines that we have to go through as we get older as women," said Geddes.
The night will feature national stand-up comic Carol Hughes presenting "The Skewed Views of Mrs. Hughes." Hughes travels across the country and has performed in the 2008 Winnipeg Comedy Festival in Winnipeg, Canada, and the The Hollywood Improv Lab in Hollywood, Calif., according to her Web site, www.mrshughes.com.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Anne Cahill from Champlain Valley Cardiotoracic Surgeons will also highlight the night with her presentation of "Your Heart, Your Life."
Plattsburgh's own troupe of breast cancer survivors, The Boobie Sisters, will also perform for both show times. During the 7:30 p.m. show, the Boobie Prize winner will be presented to a person or group that has made a serious impact in the fight against breast cancer in the community.
"We bring in the speakers, coordinate the evening and the proceeds we get basically go back to the foundation to pay for the speakers the following year," explained Geddes. "It's not meant to be a fundraiser; it's more to bring women of the North Country together."
This year's Girls Night Out will also feature WPTZ News Channel 5 personality Stephanie Gorin as the master of ceremonies.
Along with the featured presentations, local restaurants will be supporting the event by offering a 10 percent discount to Girls Night Out ticket holders the night of the event, explained Geddes.
Tickets may be purchased for $15 each at various locations including the CVPH Medical Center front desk and the Angell College Center at SUNY Plattsburgh. For more information, visit www.cvph.org or call the Foundation of CVPH at 562-7168.
"It's really just a night to get together with your girlfriends," added Geddes. "People that attend year after year come back."
Anayely Garcia is an intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.