More than 600 attended women’s event at Greenville High School

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:16 pm on Monday, May 06, 2013

Local models showcase spring and summer looks provided by Posh Vega, Rainbow and Island Rays. All hair styling was provided by Ta Da Salon of Belding.

GREENVILLE — Saturday’s Spring Fling for Women event was not only a success, but fulfilled a purpose to empower women.

Style, health and empowerment were the key themes for the more than 600 local women to experience during the first Spring Fling for Women event held at the Greenville High School.

The Daily News partnered with Spectrum Health United Hospital, Ed Koehn Ford Lincoln, WGLM and Greenville Public Schools to bring the event to local women.

Koley Wickerink, left, and Jami Dulyea style two models’ hair at Saturday’s Spring Fling for Women fashion show by Ta Da Salon at Greenville High School.
— Daily News/Stacie Rose

“It was a huge success,” said Julie Stafford, publisher of The Daily News. “It did exactly what we wanted it to do by bringing businesses, restaurants and community groups together with women.”

Centered on The Daily News monthly section S.H.E. (Style, Health and Empowerment), Spring Fling for Women was an avenue for local women to experience local shopping choices, businesses — both local establishments and home-based — and a place to come together with friends to spend a day dedicated to women.

Stafford said with about 40 vendors at the event, the vendors saw a success not only in sales, but in delivering information to women.

Vendors such as Deb Huch of Traveling Vineyard said they were very pleased with the event as well.

“I liked that the focus was for women,” Huch said.

For a first-year event, Huch said the turnout was good and she would like to come back in the future.

Events Coordinator Tara Zuehl for Candlestone Golf and Resort in Belding said everything went as she was expecting.

Valerie Willyard a registered dietitian with Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, demonstrates making healthy snacks. — Daily News/Stacie Rose

“It went very well,” Zuehl said. “There was more people than I expected (for a first-time event) and a study flow at the booth. I was happy with the turnout.”

She said she would also like to attend as a vendor again in the future.

Women not only had the ability to shop on Saturday, but were able to sit in on seminar presentations, watch fashion shows and participate in hands-on activities like self-parking cars.

Because women tend to make medical and financials decisions for many families, Stafford said it’s important to give them avenues — such as with the Spring Fling — for continuing to learn about their health, their money management and what’s available to them in and around our community.

“It beat my expectations,” she said. “Women are asking for us to do it again next year.”

Rose Riddle of Cedar Springs and Nancy Navis of Gowen attended the event together to see what it was all about.

“There was a variety of vendors to catch your eye,” said Navis of everything they were able to look at, noting each one had something different to offer whether it was knowledgeable or items for sale.

Both ladies said they would attend in the future if another such event were to take place.

“It was a good show,” Riddle said.

Pat Czerkies of Stanton was thrilled with what the Spring Fling for Women brought to the area.

“I thought it was great,” Czerkies said. “The food demos about the snacks were my favorite.”

She said she also enjoyed the fashion show presented by Posh Vega.

Czerkies was told about the event from her neighbor and said she will definitely be coming back in the future.

“It lived up to my expectations,” she said.

The event was sponsored by Montcalm Community College, Metron Integrated Health Systems, Candlestone Golf and Resort, Vogue Home Furnishings, Clifford Lake Inn and Astera Credit Union.

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