Yes, Women Can: all set for April 9, 2017

JANUARY 3, 2017 – Vankleek Hill’s premier women’s show return on April 9, 2017. Organizers of Yes, Women Can are hard at work booking exhibitors, presenters and entertainers for the 2017 event which takes place at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre.
This year marks the fifth edition of the popular women’s show, which has at its focus fundraising for ten $500 bursaries for young women graduating from high schools in the region.
Local high schools will be receiving their bursary information packages within the next week. Students graduating in the spring of 2017 will be invited to write a short essay to apply for the funds. Essays will be judged and the winners will be informed the week before Yes, Women Can and will be acknowledged on  the main stage at 12:30 p.m.
The Review organizes Yes, Women Can with the support of local sponsors and volunteers.
Vankleek Hill’s Scotiabank has signed on as a major sponsor, supporting the Scotiabank/Yes, Women Can bursaries.
The main stage has been named the Ouimet Farms Adventure Stage, thanks to its sponsorship of the event.
Other sponsorships are about to be confirmed, said Louise Sproule, Review publisher and event coordinator.
Presenters are being booked for talks upstairs and exhibitor spaces are filling up fast.
Main stage entertainment will include a mix of new performers, says Sproule.
One new act she is excited about is the Oto-Wa Taiko Japanese drumming group, which will be performing on the Ouimet Farms Adventure Stage at 12 noon and again at 1 p.m. The dynamic drumming group is based in Ottawa.
The theme of this year’s event emphasizes that women have lots of inner resources and room for growth. Sometimes, all it takes is some awareness, some learning, or simply stopping the busy-ness of life to move into a new and happier space.
“Our show is focused on women, but the same applies to men and the answer to the question, ‘Can men attend Yes, Women Can?’ is yes,” she says.
Sharing with the community, which helps to make so much possible, is important to the organizers of Yes, Women Can.
To that end, one not-for-profit group will be selected to have a free booth, valued at $425, at Yes, Women Can.
What’s more, additional fundraising will take place at Yes, Women Can in the form of “The Great Purse Exchange”. Women will be invited to donate purses ahead of time and will receive a voucher to offset the cost of a purse at the show.
Purses will be affordably priced and all proceeds will be shared by 100% Actifs and the Higginson Tower. Details for this fundraiser and how you can participate will be announced soon.
Advance tickets go on sale for Yes, Women Can this week online. Limited tickets will be for sale in stores.
An array of prizes will be up for grabs for all ticket-holders, but the grand prize will be a typically-Canadian holiday: a two-night weekend stay for eight as part of a peaceful country getaway, including a chef to prepare a gourmet meal Saturday evening, a spa day and a set of luggage for the winner. The grand prize is worth $2,000.
Each Yes, Women Can event offers something new, but event-goers will still get a goodie bag, a signature cocktail and a healthy snack as part of their ticket purchase, just as in previous years.
The makeover area has been expanded to a “Treat Yourself” area, which includes four spaces, to include 15-minute consultations and sample treatments. These hair-styling, make-up, manicure, health, energy reading, healing and other consultations will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. The complete schedule will be available online shortly.
Visit the website for contact and registration information and ticket purchase info, or call The Review at 1-877-678-3327.

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