Jennifer M. Trefelner: Fort Pierce girls’ night out event also a fundraiser

Who doesn’t love a girls’ night out? Ladies enjoy time to visit with their friends, men revel in their unscheduled free time, and little ones get to play with family or bend the rules with a babysitter.

A girls’ night out that benefits a worthy cause is even more ideal, and that is exactly what is planned for Sept. 10, when an energetic group of women have organized The Cutting Edge Extravaganza at the Sunrise Theatre’s Black Box in downtown Fort Pierce. The event will benefit the Pink Tie Friends, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer who are under- or uninsured.

Valarie DeWitt and Rita Butler of Vision’s Hairstyling are the masterminds of the event, which features all the essentials for a girls’ night out. From 5 to 7 p.m., guests can get their fill of girl talk — new hair designs, fashion trends, skin care treatments and stress management — as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Admission is $20 per person.

“The money that we raise will stay in this area, and I am looking forward to helping them,” DeWitt said.

Pink Tie Friends was established in 2005 by Nancy O’Neill after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and realized the need for community members to receive treatment regardless of their financial status. Although O’Neill lost her battle in 2006, her legacy lives on through volunteers and our community.

In 2010, forty-two patients received assistance from the group, and this year the group has budgeted to help fifty men and women. Judy Schilder, president of the 2011 board of directors, and her team of volunteers have several events planned for this year, and hope to exceed the $378,000 total revenue that the generated in 2010.

“We help patients in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties, and our money goes directly to the patient’s treatment,” Schilder said.

Cancer patients in need are referred through the Breast Health Navigator Program at the Martin Memorial Cancer Center or by directly contacting the group’s patient advocacy committee.

Tickets can be purchased at Visions Hairstyling, Alisari, Workin Man Cycles or the Sunrise Theatre box office. Both the box office and the Black Box are at 117 S. 2nd St.

For more information, call 772-460-1755 or visit

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