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The Big Event to raise money for local nonprofits

The Successful Women’s Alliance Network, or SWAN, has two goals: to provide a networking opportunity for women in the Shenandoah Valley and to give back to the community. In April, SWAN will pay host to The Big Event – a Saturday, April 18 fundraiser to benefit a number of nonprofits including March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Jericho and Damascus Road Outreach, Vector Industries and Augusta Expoland. Fund-raiser benefits area non-profits including March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Vector Industries, Jericho and Damascus Road Outreach and Augusta Expoland.

The Moulin Rouge-inspired event on April 18 will include dancing, food and entertainment unlike anything else in the region. Music will be provided by Everyday People, an eight-piece funk, R&B, and Rock N Roll band and entertainment will be provided from professionals hailing from all over the United States.

“We have done many small fund-raisers in the past,” said SWAN president Tara Welch. “However, we decided last year that we wanted to create a huge event to be able to give even more back to your community.”

And while SWAN is playing host to the event, they are lucky to have more than 25 business partners supporting the cause.

“We had no idea how excited the community would become over this event, but it’s contagious,” said Welch. “Every where I go, people are talking about how this is the one event they can’t miss this year.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now and going fast. Tickets are $75 for one person; or $125 for two. Tickets are available at Mimo’s in Verona; Mossy Creek Café and Augusta Expoland in Fishersville; and Augusta Free Press in Waynesboro. The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight.

For more information on the event, contact Welch at 540.241.0738 or visit

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