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Galileo's hosts HCWF benefit March 29

Article Published: Mar. 24, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Galileo's is hosting a ladies' night out to give women an opportunity to learn more about the High Country Women's Fund (HCWF) and its mission to help High Country women in need.

With the advent of spring, the High Country Women's Fund (HCWF) is "taking it up a notch" to raise awareness of the plight of women and children in need in Watauga and Avery counties and the work it does to help.

The organization, now entering its fifth year, has ambitious plans for events and entertaining fundraisers that will span the rest of 2011. HCWF kicks off its season with a POP After Hours at Galileo's next Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m.

Lainey Edmisten, who joined HCWF as development director in early January, said, "POP After Hours have been popular events for us. It's a chance for women to come together and enjoy the company of other, caring women, 'smooze' a bit, and learn about our organization and the work it does. Local restaurants have been wonderful about providing a welcoming place and some light appetizers as a forum for the networking and awareness-raising that are part of these ladies' nights." 

The HCWF plans two more after-hours events this summer - one in Blowing Rock and one in Banner Elk.

"We usually choose a local organization to sponsor for these gatherings," Edmisten said. "For the Galileo's POP After Hours, it will be the new OASIS shelter, and we're asking for donations of feminine paper products. Any woman who does gets a free glass of wine or a drink from Galileo's bar - a good value for a good cause."

Galileo's is located at 1087 W. King St. in Boone. For more information on HCWF, visit

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