What: Fort Wayne Newspapers presents Moms Night Out, with food, entertainment, shopping and a fashion show presented by Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana.
When: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday; fashion show is at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ceruti's Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd.
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available in advance at www.moms.fortwayne.com, 461-8484 or in the Fort Wayne Newspapers lobby, 600 W. Main St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Trendy and thrifty often don't fit in the same sentence when talking about buying clothing.
But you'll see both showcased on the same walkway during the fashion show at Fort Wayne Newspapers' Moms Night Out event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ceruti's Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd.
The evening gives moms a few hours to focus on themselves during this busy time of year, said Kathy Colclesser, retail advertising director for Fort Wayne Newspapers, the business agent for The News-Sentinel and Journal Gazette newspapers.
Along with enjoying hors d'oeuvres, a chocolate fountain and entertainment, moms can peruse and shop at the booths of more than 70 vendors providing products and services including health care, jewelry, children's clothing, cosmetics, home accessories and massage, Colclesser said.
Big-box stores Sam's Club and Costco, the latter of which is building its first store in Fort Wayne, will have booths, as will department store Von Maur. The speaker and host for the evening will be Melissa Montana, a mother, motivational speaker and general manager of local Christian radio station WLAB, Star 88.3-FM.
The fashion show will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana.
It will focus on fall fashion trends for adults, with some items for children, said Ruth Koontz, Goodwill's community relations and marketing specialist. Goodwill store employees will serve as the models.
“We have really nice clothes that are a fraction of the price you pay at a department store, and they are fashionable,” Koontz said.
Goodwill uses standard pricing for many items in its nine area stores, which include five in Fort Wayne, Koontz said.
For example, for adults, knit shirts, blouses and slacks are $4 each; jeans are $6; and jean jackets are $8 and more. Misses-size dresses and blazers are $4.50 each; skirts are $4; two-piece suits are $8; and purses are $2. Children's clothes range from $1.25 for pajama sets to $2.50 for many clothing items and $5 for two-piece outfits.
Some high-end items will get a boutique price, which is higher than Goodwill's standard prices but lower than prices at regular retail stores, she said.
In addition to helping people save money, Koontz said, sales at the stores help support Goodwill's job placement programs for people who have disabilities or who face some type of employment barrier, such as being older or lacking a GED high school-equivalency degree.
“All profits stay here in northeast Indiana,” she added.
Goodwill's job placement efforts include its own stores, Koontz said. About 60 percent of the workforce has a disability or employment barrier.
In Fort Wayne, Goodwill stores are located at 3127 Brooklyn Ave.; 10540 Maysville Road in the Chapel Ridge shopping center; 6256 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza; 525 E. Dupont Road in the Dupont Village shopping center; and 4122 Lima Road in Glenbrook Commons.
For information about store hours, go to www.fwgoodwill.org/shop/store-locations.