Planning is underway for EdVenture's Ladies' Night Out! The date has been set for Thursday, September 21, 2017, at EdVenture, so look for tickets to go on sale soon! Be sure to purchase your tickets early to save more money for shopping at the event! Early bird tickets are $150 for VIP and $75 for General Admission. Prices will increase! We can't wait to see you at Columbia's premiere fashion event.
The party doesn't stop once the fashion show is over: VIP guests at Ladies' Night Out will have exclusive access to a VIP after party at Studio O2 in the Vista. VIP guests will be shuttled from EdVenture to Studio O2 to enjoy cocktails and music to end the night fashionably later than everyone else! Studio O2 is an innovative, urban oasis spa and salon that helps people to look and feel their best ever.
Your Ladies' Night Out ticket purchase will benefit Yes, Every Child. Last year, 41,935 visitors enjoyed free or reduced price admission. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience that moment when the spark of curiosity ignites or the window to new possibilities opens. Your contribution will help us make that happen. Reserve your tickets for Ladies' Night Out today!
5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Happy New Years Eve at Noon! One lucky Ladies' Night Out auction winner will have the opportunity to host EdVenture's New Years Eve at Noon event with their family!
On Dec. 31, doors will open at 9 a.m. with activities celebrating New Years Eve around the world. Your family will give a New Years Eve toast to start the "noon" year and push the button to drop a gigantic illuminated ball from the ceiling down to the foot of EDDIE, kicking off the biggest mid-day celebration in town! Drink sparkling grape juice as you decorate your very own New Years Eve hat, learn how fireworks get their colors and take part in the BIG countdown with lots of confetti!
But the fun doesn't end there — the winner of this auction item will also receive an Eddie's Fan Club membership to EdVenture! Enjoy all the benefits of an EdVenture membership plus 1 additional adult, 12 guest passes and 1 complimentary EDDIE's Birthday Bash!
All proceeds from Ladies' Night Out benefit EdVenture's Yes, Every Child which gives under resourced families an opportunity to experience educational programming and attend special literacy, health or school readiness events such as New Years Eve at Noon, Storybook Ball and Countdown to Kindergarten.
Located on Devine Street, The Blake is a beautiful boutique with simple yet elegant decor that mirrors owner, Heather Campbell’s personal style. When shopping at The Blake you will find the perfect combination of classic, modern and old school mixed with subtle hints of femininity sure to make any woman feel beautiful. And the price? The Blake is all about offering a selection of price points, what Heather calls “potato chips” — so good and easy that one isn't enough. At affordable prices, you can indulge in several items at once and not feel guilty!
Fashions showcased on the Ladies' Night Out runway will include summertime escapes to stripes and crisp white jeans, evenings dining "al fresco" in sophisticated and feminine hand block printed tunics and bright colored dresses from India just in time to make your summer sun-kissed face glow!
The Blake is home to a balanced collection of clothing, accessory and shoe designers from around the globe. Inspired by a French hotel that overlooks the Mediterranean Ocean, the aesthetic is understated, refined, elegant and simply wonderful!
Speaking of wonderful… this year, EdVenture put 3,930 books into the hands of under resourced children. Your VIP ticket purchase will not only give you a fabulously fashionable night of fun, but will also help us continue to advocate for children's literacy! LNO ticket prices increase April 11, so reserve yours today and help children experience the joy of learning through Yes, Every Child.
Bon appétit! The Ladies' Night Out auction is offering an exclusive dinner for 12 people at EdVenture! Enjoy a delicious meal paired with wine inside the South's largest children's museum prepared especially for you and your guests by EdVenture's Chefs Kenny Smith and Ashley Hutto. The fun doesn't stop there! Guests can take the night off from being a grown up and play in EdVenture! This offer is only available at Ladies' Night Out!
When you treat yourself to a delicious dinner at EdVenture, you're treating under-resourced families too!
All Ladies' Night Out proceeds will benefit Yes, Every Child. Since April 2015, EdVenture has partnered with FoodShare Columbia to provide cooking classes and distribute fresh food boxes to local under resourced families. Last year, more than 868 fresh food boxes were distributed to families.
Get ready for the most delicious fashion fundraiser yet! With two amazing in-house chefs at EdVenture this year, the display of food is a fashion show by itself. From grilled shrimp topped with tangy mango salsa and avocado crèma in a crispy shell to strawberry mojito mousse with lime zest and fresh mint and more. These tasty themed treats will have your taste buds singing “Happy Cinco De Mayo!”
Ladies’ Night Out hors d' oeuvres will be prepared in EdVenture’s very own kitchen by EdVenture Eats’ culinary duo, Chef Kenny Smith and Chef Ashley Hutto. Drawing on in-house talent and partnering with other community organizations, EdVenture has developed a curriculum and offers classes in the museum’s cooking lab that were specifically designed to teach children of all ages the importance of healthy eating and safe cooking!
Through, Yes Every Child and the Columbia Housing Authority, 963 children and their family members attended EdVenture’s healthy cooking class at community centers. When you purchase a Ladies’ Night Out ticket you can enjoy a night of fashion, friends, and the best part… FOOD, while also helping fund cooking programs for under resourced children and families in the community.
Always dreamed of skipping the line and getting celebrity treatment? Your dream is coming true! Through Yes, Every Child more than 41,935 museum visitors enjoyed free or reduced price admission. That's 20% of all EdVenture visitors. By purchasing a VIP ticket to Ladies' Night Out you're supporting admission for 10 under resourced children in our community.
Our exclusive POUT VIP lounge will be on the beautiful Congaree Terrace. So sip complimentary champagne while you shop from the POUT pop-up shop, chat with jewelry designers and pamper yourself with makeup touch-ups — available exclusively for our VIP guests.
Still not sold? Your celebrity treatment also includes first or second row runway seat, valet parking, a swag bag, and an invitation to the exclusive after party at Studio 02.
And don’t forget, in addition to your A-list celebrity treatment, all proceeds will benefit EdVenture's Yes, Every Child initiative, which provides accessibility to educational programming for underserved children and families through targeted community outreach and reduced museum admission.
These efforts are made possible by corporate sponsorships and individual contributions from people like you! So gather your girlfriends and spend Ladies’ Night Out at EdVenture as a VIP and pamper yourself for a good cause! Get your tickets fast, because prices will increase on April 11! We can’t wait to see you there!
Melissa Blanchard founded POUT in 2003. Her vision was to bring the best and most elite brands to Columbia. Melissa was renowned for earning the industry’s top names in design and supporting young talent, and founded VanJean, which was widely recognized as one of the South’s top fashion destinations.
“Beauty and fashion go hand in hand – women want to feel beautiful. I created a space where women can bring their friends, discover new lines and try on different looks,” says Melissa.
The runway is heating up at EdVenture like never before. Get ready for Ladies' Night Out featuring new styles from Granger Owings Bespoke and Granger Owings Women.
Handsome gentlemen will walk the runway at Ladies' Night Out in refined, personalized attire that compliments their success and confidence. Ladies, form an orderly line!
With custom and innovative fashions for South Carolina's modern man, Granger Owings Bespoke has opened its doors in Columbia! This evolving generation of the Granger Owings brand will feature the finest high-end fabrics for custom suits and garments in refreshing, modern, Euro-inspired looks and styles.
Granger Owings Women will also be showing off their classy modern fashions on the runway. Models will walk down the catwalk in stylish dresses, outer wear and active wear from the beautiful spring women's collection.
Prices increase on April 11, so reserve your tickets now!
All proceeds benefit Yes Every Child.
Spring is in the air, so it must be time for EdVenture's Ladies' Night Out! The seasons are changing and so is Ladie's Night Out. Save the date for Thursday, May 5, 2016, at EdVenture. Tickets will be on sale soon! Purchase your tickets early to save more money for shopping at the event! Early bird tickets are $150 for VIP and $75 for General Admission. Prices increase on April 11! We can't wait to see you at Columbia's premiere fashion event!
What a night! A huge thank you to everyone for joining us at Girls Night Out 2015 and supporting EdVenture! We raised over $37,000 for Yes, Every Child, EdVenture’s commitment to providing the joy of learning to underserved families in South Carolina.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor Coplon’s as well as, Pura Wellness Spa, TD Bank, First Citizens Bank, Southeastern Esthetic Institute, Carolina Women’s Physicians, SAFE Federal Credit Union, and Dr. Smythe Rich.
Special thank you to Bombshell Beauty Studio for making our models beautiful! Additional support was provided by: FFS Model and Talent, Columbia Living Magazine, Free Times, WXRY, WIS, and Inn at USC.
Food and drink were provided by Copper Horse Distilling, Belle Ambiance Wine, M Grille, Chocolate Nirvana, Spotted Salamander Catering, Good Life Café, Southern Way Catering, Eggs Up Grill, and Oak Table.
And last, but certainly not least, thank you to Amy Smilovic, designer and founder of Tibi, and her team!
Check out this recap video and stay tuned for more pictures and fun from last night!