• 50°

Event promotes relaxation, Genieve Shelter

About 200 women visited the Suffolk Hilton Garden Inn Saturday for an afternoon of pampering while helping out a great cause.

The “Every Woman” fashion show, silent auction, and spa sessions were a fundraiser for the Genieve Shelter for victims of domestic violence. It was put on by BeautiControl consultant Jen Rousseau, who brought an army of consultant volunteers and plenty of supplies to help attendees relax.

“She decided she would like to do a fundraiser for us,” said Val Livingston, the director of the Genieve Shelter.

“We do a fashion show every year and pick a worthy cause,” Rousseau said. This year, the event benefited the Genieve Shelter and was held in Suffolk.

Women attending the fundraiser were able to visit nine stations to be treated royally by BeautiControl consultants. They received makeovers, perfume samples, foot and hand treatments, body lotion and more. After the women visited each station, they were entered into a grand-prize drawing for a basket full of hundreds of dollars’ worth of BeautiControl products.

In addition, the ladies were able to bid on silent auction items, enjoy refreshments and shop at cash-and-carry vendors selling everything from handbags and jewelry to framed photography.

“This is a very different event for the ladies to come out and have fun,” Rousseau said. “We teach them how to create a ‘me moment.’”

A fashion show rounded out the evening, with fashions provided by Belk. The Hilton Garden Inn, BeautiControl and Farmers Bank, along with Belk, sponsored the event.

Rousseau said fundraisers are important for charities these days.

“In this type of economy, people give less,” Rousseau said. “This is about empowerment and self-confidence.”

For more information on the Genieve Shelter, call 925-4365.