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Stepping out with new confidence

Girls Night Out recipients display new looks

TOP: Makeover recipient Cindy Irick of West Liberty, right, walks down the runway Thursday evening during a fashion show at the Girls Night Out event at the Bellefontaine First Church of God. Personal shopper Lynn Jacques, far left, and Renay Fullerton of Salon Renay talk about Mrs. Irick’s look. BOTTOM: Personal shopper Lynn Jacques, left, talks about makeover recipient Deb Reep whose “before” photo is displayed on the screen behind them. Stylists at Shear Changes cut off more than 30 inches of her hair for her new look. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

A roar of applause and the flash of cameras greeted seven local women as they walked down a runway Thursday evening to unveil their new looks. They were selected as the winners of a special makeover contest that honors women who have endured trying circumstances with grace, strength and courage.

The winners worked the crowd at the annual Girls Night Out event at the Bellefontaine First Church of God.

Presented by Mary Rutan Hospital, Logan Acres and The Ohio State University Medical Center, the women’s health event also featured educational sessions, drawings, screenings, fitness demonstrations, massages, bra fitting demonstrations and souvenir event photos provided by Perry Hodies Photography.

Relating to the makeover contest, nominations were accepted beginning in January by MRH, and a total of 21 nominations were received, said Christie Barns, hospital coordinator of community events.

Winners were Deb Reep, Cindy Irick, Sheri Freese, Cindy Hoge, Jane Bialecki, Christy Austin and Sara Headings.

The Girls Night Out makeover contest is in its second year, Mrs. Barns said it is a rewarding process for everyone involved.

“It’s incredibly exciting. It’s hard to convey to the Girls Night Out attendees what happens to the makeover participants.

“They are usually apprehensive at first and lacking self-confidence. We do icebreaker games to find out more about them.

“Once the makeovers are finished, we’re able to see them walking down the runway with their heads held high and a big smile on their face.”

During March, the seven women and hospital representatives headed to Macy’s at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing to work with personal shopper Lynn Jacques to select new figure-flattering outfits.

Each of the women received $150 gift cards to Macy’s that were donated by area businesses.

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