Uncategorized — 13 April 2012

The 8th Annual Women’s Health Gala on Saturday, April 14th will offer a unique variety of vendors and services to the public.
At the Kingman Christian Church, located at the intersection of Main and Highway 54 near downtown Kingman, the doors for the Gala will open at 8 a.m. The multi-purpose room will be filled with vendors, as will the south-side activity room of the church. The south-side activity room will be the gathering area for speakers and activities such as a low-cost blood draw.
Vendor booths range in such a broad assortment that participants can expect their trip to the Gala to be an educational trip to their local physician mixed in with a fun shopping day with friends! The Kingman County Health Department will be on hand with a booth as well as the Kingman Community Hospital’s lab draw booth, South Central Audiology’s diagnostic hearing services and screenings, Sonovision with ultrasound carotid artery screenings, and the Donley Clinic’s booth highlighting “Your Last Diet”. Weight and blood pressure checks, and diabetic screenings are services that can be taken advantage of during the event. Attendees should take note that the hospital’s lab draw will only be available from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
The Kingman County Farm Bureau Association, which will also be sponsoring and preparing the event’s free lunch, will have a booth for spectators that will focus on skin analysis. Participants can also find representatives from local resources such as Horizon’s Mental Health Center, Kansas Children’s Service League – Head Start and T.O.P.S (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly). The T.O.P.S group meets locally for a social, educational, and supportive weight-loss program. Angel Care Home Health will be on hand providing foot screenings for neuropathy at their booth, which will also promote their services for people with Medicare coverage. Angel Care Home Health provides skilled nursing needs, rehabilitation services, disease management programs, fall prevention programs and light step program. Other services represented will be Hospice Care of Kansas and Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners – Coventry.
Kingman business owner Leah Ellis will be bringing some of the finest items from her shop, Leah’s Lovelies, to the Gala. Leah’s Lovelies Custom Jewelry and Gifts features jewelry, scarves, purses, consignment items and more. Leah is a returning favorite to the Gala.
Also returning this year is Advocare with Representative Melissa Frederick. Advocare is a health and wellness company that specializes in energy, weight-loss, nutrition and sports performance products. “My business is an all-natural way to make you healthy,” notes Frederick.
A familiar product to the gala is the cookware provided from Pampered Chef. Marne Henry will be the “top chef” at this year’s Gala with her booth promoting Pampered Chef’s latest line of items. The popular and safe wickless candle company Scentsy will have a booth operated by Adrianne Hillman. Scentsy also provides fragrance items for the car, office, and nursery.
Back for the 2012 Gala is local Tastefully Simple distributor, Shawna Olson. Olson describes Tastefully Simple as “gourmet food that’s easy to make at home by only adding one or two products from the store.”  Usborne Books and More will have a booth hosted by Julie Griffin. This company offers educational books for children of all ages. Homemade jewelry is the product offered by Creative Jewelry with TLC, a duo of artfully skilled rural Cheney women, Terry Casley and Linda Oliver.
Miche, the purse company that allows you to fit your handbags and accessories to your personality, will be at the Gala with Representative Desiree Holloway. If you are looking to get organized this spring with style, then check out Kayla Westerman’s Thirty-One booth. Thirty-One products are trendy, fashionable and can be personalized.
If cosmetics are what you are missing from your purse, visit local Mary Kay saleswoman, Jacque McGinnis. Jacque’s booth has become a mainstay at the Gala and she will be available to offer application tips and share the latest line of products.
Fashion can also easily be found in Mary Jo Bergkamp’s Silpada booth.
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Silpada is a name synonymous with beautiful jewelry and classic design and this booth will highlight some of the best the company has to offer. Cosmetics, nutrition, and skin care come together on the Arbonne table at the Gala. Nichole Rethmeier will be on hand to answer all your questions about Arbonne products and let you sample some of her products.
New to the Gala is a booth by the name of Apparent Project, hosted by Andrea Nicholson. The Apparent Project’s main purpose is to advocate for the people of Haiti, specifically the Haitian families that are suffering from economic turmoil. The organization trains parents a specialized skill that helps bring in revenue to their family. For sale will be jewelry and crafts that are handmade by the Haitian artisans and the proceeds go directly to the artisan who created the product. Another fresh face to the event are the representatives from Real Solutions. Real Solutions offers products that filter air through water to promote a healthy home atmosphere.
Vendor booths will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. A series of Learning Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. – Noon. Presenters include Dr. Debra Bolton, Tim Hegler and Laurie Johnson. The Gala’s afternoon schedule features talks will be entitled “Cancer Screenings and Prevention”, “Mammotome and Other Cancer Screenings”, and “Life After Diagnosis” from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend the Gala.
For more information on the 8th Annual Women’s Health Gala, call the Kingman County Extension Office at (620) 532-5131.

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