The Great Escape is back with more vendors

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BRANSON MO NEWS: The Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas’ annual fundraiser, The Great Escape, is back to offer shopping, a silent auction, a fashion show, discounted spa services and free screenings.
The event, billed as a day of relaxation for women, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 2505 E. Oak St. Admission is $5 in advance, with tickets available at any Centennial Bank location or online at eventbrite.com, search for The Great Escape. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Carrie Curtis, executive director of the Conway shelter, said this year’s event will be bigger and better than last year.
“There are twice to three times as many vendors this year,” Curtis said.
Donna Rogers, shelter board member and chairwoman of The Great Escape, said there are at least 30 unique vendors, not including the spa services. Vendors include makeup, clothing, jewelry and more.
Curtis said that instead of having a theme as the event has had in past years, “we are going back to more of the original concept … concentrating on the relax, renew and recharge,” Curtis said.
Manicures, hair cuts and massages will be offered for $10. Women may sign up for the services when they arrive.
“We’re making it more simple,” Curtis said, “but still trying to encourage the relaxation part of it — a calm shopping experience with opportunities for the relaxing, pampering part.
“We have more free services than we’ve had in the past,” she said. Conway Regional Medical Center will provide free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. Free eye exams will be available, as well as a screening for fibromyalgia and self-assessments for anxiety, Curtis said.
Curtis said one the organizers’ favorite parts of the event, the style show, is scheduled for 2 p.m. It will …


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