MAN-FREE ZONE: Baldwin House fundraiser returns on Feb. 6

MAN-FREE ZONE: Baldwin House fundraiser returns on Feb. 6
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CORNWALL, Ontario – Girls Night Out is back for round three.

The women of Cornwall and SD&G will get together for dining, shopping, and dancing, while raising money for Maison Baldwin House at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #297 building on Saturday (Feb. 6). Doors open at 4 p.m.

“It’s about women getting together and celebrating who we are – and we’re not going to stand for the abuse,” said mother-daughter duo and event organizers Naomi Lamarche and Claudette Wanzer.

For 15 years, Lamarche has been donating her daughters’ clothes as they grow out of them to Baldwin House in COrnwall. Girls Night Out originated from a house party in 2010.

The popular event, which originated from a house party in 2010, raised $5,613 last year, compared to $4,210 in 2014.

“Girls Night Out started as a way to get money for Christmas gifts for kids at the women’s shelter,” said Lamarche.

The fancy fundraiser will feature a spaghetti supper with buns, salad, dessert, and coffee; a black and pink party theme; over a dozen singers; 25 exhibitors; numerous door prizes, and a 50/50 draw, silent auction and Chinese auction.

“The evening will start with what girls love to do: shopping,” said Lamarche.

Local entrepreneurs will be selling various items on site, including jewelry, sweets, clothing, purses, make-up, and oils.

“We invite single, married, and business women of all ages – bring your mother, sister, or daughter, and join us,” she said.

The only male allowed on the premise: René St.John.

“My friend and our chef,” said Lamarche.

After supper, local DJ ‘TLC’ Natalie Durocher will supply the tunes as special karaoke guest singers grab the mic and guests dance the night away. Singers include: Rose Cameron, Lise Champagne, Cathy Doyle-Parent, Diane Lalonde-Boyer, Jovie Ruest, Anne Marie Lalonde, Alison Hudson, Karen Tyo, and Jessica Froats.

Wanzer noted the community’s generosity when it comes to sponsorship.

“The Cornwall area has really stepped up for this event over the years,” she said.

Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. They can be purchased at the Royal Canadian Legion at 145 Second Street West in Cornwall, by emailing, and calling 613-363-8948 or 613-933-4519.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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