Memorial Hospital of Union County is inviting women to take a break for a night of socializing and fun while learning about their health.
The hospital will host the fifth annual "Women ... At the Heart of It All," event Friday, April 4, at Bunsold Middle School, 14198 state Route 4.
The evening starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m.
Evie Collins, the hospital's senior development and marketing specialist, said the idea came from one of their Development Council volunteers.
"We wanted to host a unique ladies' night out that was both fun and provided meaningful health information," Collins said.
The event has grown significantly since it began in 2010.
"The first year, our goal was to have 100 women in attendance, and we actually sold about 323 tickets. Now, we host about 450 to 500 women," Collins said.
The goal of the event, which usually sells out, is for women to take some "me" time.
"Women are so busy today and don't always have a chance to take some time for themselves," said Collins. "We want to provide a memorable event where women walk away feeling empowered to focus on their health and know they had a great time with their best gal pals."
Collins pointed out that women are wired to be nurturers and caretakers, and they often put everyone else's needs first.
"We need to be reminded to take care of ourselves, too, and not feel guilty about it," she said.
The social hour will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and interactive booths from area businesses.
Entertainment will be provided by comedienne Robin Fox, star of the Nickelodeon channel's NickMom Night Out, as well as a customized "Shoe-ology" show by Macy's highlighting new footwear fashions.
Local physicians will talk about medical issues regarding the feet, joints and legs, according to a news release from Memorial Hospital.
The event also serves as a fundraiser.
"Historically, funds have been raised for the Heart & Surgical Pavilion that was completed in 2013," Collins said. "Any proceeds from this year will be used to help purchase the new open MRI that will be located in Memorial's medical office building at City Gate, which is scheduled to open in the fall of this year."
The new medical building will house an outpatient laboratory and imaging, an urgent care, physical therapy, Marys-ville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Elevate Sports Medicine/Sports Performance Training.
Tickets were still available for "Women. ... At the Heart of It All" as of late last week. The cost is $18, $15 for those 65 and older. To purchase a ticket, call 937-578-2316. Tickets will not be sold at the door.