The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 9, 2014

Event to showcase women’s interests

Ruth Rice

JOHNSTOWN — From the practical to the fanciful, this will be a girls’ day out.

The eighth annual Women’s Showcase and Basket Bash will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Missing this year will be the Bagtastic Event, which featured all shapes and sizes of gently used handbags, said The Tribune-Democrat’s director of ad­vertising sales, Mary Anne Rizzo.

“It had run its course,” Rizzo said. “We’ll probably bring it back another year. Last year, we introduced the Basket Bash, and it was a huge success.”

Organizers are hoping to receive at least 100 baskets donated by local businesses, each valued at $25 or more. There will be baskets from local schools, restaurants and retail shops featuring flowers, chocolate, Steelers gear, hair styles and nails.

Baskets will be available for viewing and depositing tickets until 2 p.m., when the giveaways will begin.

Basket Bash tickets will be available in advance for $5 for 25 tickets at The Tribune-Democrat office, 425 Locust St. in downtown Johnstown, or online at

More than 30 vendor booths are anticipated, including everything from makeup and accessorizing clothes to auto care, fi­nances and legal advice. New ven­dors include a dermatologist; ear, nose and throat specialists; and Walnut Medical Services.

Laurel Highland Veins, which specializes in the removal of varicose veins, always gets a big turnout, Rizzo said. A local law firm will give advice on family law, and a representative from Tastefully Simple will give cooking demonstrations.

“This is information for and about women to help them make wise choices – things to help them take care of their family, home and health,” Rizzo said. “Women should bring their mothers, daughters and friends. This will showcase women.”

Vendors will interact with their visitors and will give away more baskets and door prizes.

Proceeds will benefit The Tribune-Democrat’s Newspapers in Education program to keep newspapers in the schools and the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance.

Snacks and beverages will be available on site for purchase or participants may leave to eat at a restaurant and return, Rizzo said.

Paid admission also includes an annual subscription to Johns­town Magazine and a chance to win door prizes.

Admission tickets also qualify the bearer to enter a three-day, two-night getaway for two adults and up to three children.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. They are available at The Tribune-Democrat and online at

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