The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College held a successful inaugural Girls’ Night Out Little Black Dress Celebration of Women’s Education, raising over $8,000 to support women’s scholarships.

Over 125 women were in attendance to support the event on April 19 at Edison State’s Piqua Campus. “This was the first year for this event, and we could not be more pleased with both the attendance and the generosity of the attendees,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson.

“This event raised over $8,000 for scholarships for women to attend Edison State, far exceeding our goal of $5,000. These funds will make the difference in the lives of women who have great potential but face immediate financial barriers to higher education.”

Women of all ages and occupations were in attendance to show their support. “Many of the women in attendance were alumni of Edison State, and this was an opportunity for them to pay it forward and encourage other women to pursue their dreams.”

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by local celebrity men who also served the evening’s hors d’ oeuvres and dinner. Throughout the evening, attendees had the opportunity to raise additional funds by tipping the wait staff to sing, dance, and perform other unique talents. A cork pull was also held, giving the women an opportunity to take home a premier bottle of wine.

“I am so grateful to the men who volunteered as servers for this event as well as all of the donors,” added Dr. Larson. “The men stepped up and showed their support for women’s education by giving their time and various talents.”

The event was made possible by sponsors including Harris Jeweler; Edison State Community College; Dr. Doreen Larson; Benny Scott; Unity National Bank; Favorite Insurance Agency and Hamler-Gingrich Insurance Agency; Winans Chocolates and Coffees; Horan; Hobart Service; Montage Café and Catering; Mary Kay Consultant Kat Thomas; Mary Kay Consultant Kim Kiehl; Wayne Healthcare; and Premier Health-Upper Valley Medical Center.

Next year’s Little Black Dress event will be held on April 18, 2018, with registration opening after January 1 at The Edison Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.