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‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ to celebrate businesswomen

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DAYTON — A lot is happening at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and they are gearing up for a brand new event that is sure to be totally awesome, or so they said in the 1980s.

The latest event will celebrate the professional woman’s spirit while building community by creating a fantastic networking opportunity.

“ Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” 80’s Ladies’ Night is set for Saturday, April 26, from 7 to 11 p. m. at the Dayton Community Center.

New Dayton Chamber Vice President of Development, Kelly Savage, is ecstatic about the event and the opportunity to shine the spotlight on women in the community.

“This is the Dayton Chamber of Commerce supporting women in business within our community. This event was put together by a committee of women who own businesses within the city of Dayton and Liberty County,” Savage said.

Plenty of exciting activities are planned, with a dance party and DJ, raffles and prizes, a fashion show, a lip sync battle, Singo Bingo, a silent auction and vendor market on hand.

The chamber hopes the event will be a success and provide more opportunities to support women in business in the community.

“ This is a women- only event, and this year, one of the goals is to try to have some sort of scholarship, some sort of award for female business owners,” Savage said.

Those parameters have not yet been decided. Savage believes it will be a valuable way to boost women in business, whether as an already established business or a new entrepreneur just looking to prove themselves.

Tickets for the event are $75 for individual tickets and $700 for a table.

As VP of Development, Savage will take the lead on events going forward for the chamber, and she brings a wealth of experience to her role.

She has worked with non-profits since 2006, where she has done event management and coordination.

“It includes everything with an event. The planning of an event, working with committees to bring the event together, funding the event and the follow through of actually holding the event and follow- up,” Savage said.

According to Savage, she spent most of her professional career in development and is looking forward to continuing that mission in Dayton. and was excited when she saw the opportunity to join the chamber.

“It’s directly in my wheelhouse. I’ve done events for years. Big events, small events, midsize, golf tournaments, all sorts of things,” Savage said.

She is married to Christopher Allen and is the proud mother of four kids. She lives with her family in the Highlands area, where they have a livestock rescue, which has already allowed her to get to know the Dayton community.

“I come here for the feed stores and the farm. I have customers out here, so it felt like a good fit for me,” she said.

Savage is looking forward to putting in the work and holding “amazing events” and hopes to help the chamber grow and increase its investment in the local business community.

For more information on the upcoming ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ event or to learn more about the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, visit daytontxchamber.

com or call 936-257-2393.