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Four years and counting.
Healthy Woman â€“ a Scenic Mountain Medical Center resource â€“ has been active for four years and will be celebrating its anniversary Jan. 24 in the historic Hotel Settles. Tickets are set to go on sale Jan. 2 and will be $40 per person.
Jane Jenkins Herlong, motivational speaker and former Miss America Pageant contestant, will be delivering her speech â€śBare Feet to High Heels and the Flip-Flops In-Between.â€ť
â€śAs always we are very excited about this event and canâ€™t wait to see the reaction of all those attending,â€ť Anita Cline, Healthy Woman co-coordinator said. â€śNot only will we be hearing inspiring stories from Jane Herlong, but we will be one of the first to experience the Hotel Settles restored.â€ť
The evening will begin with a health expo, located on the mezzanine, at 4:30 p.m. Area vendors will be available with information and talking about local health services. Vendor spaces are still available for health-related agencies.
â€śWe want to offer the community an opportunity to learn about all that Big Spring has to offer regarding health services,â€ť Cline said. â€śThere are so many services right here that people donâ€™t realize and we want to make sure people are able to learn about those and talk to the people providing them.â€ť
The ballroom doors will open at 6 p.m. for a sit-down dinner and the guest speaker.
â€śWhen we plan our anniversary event itâ€™s kind of like putting on a wedding. We want it to be such a grand event so that women can come and escape the worries of their day, even if for only a few hours. One of the main focuses of the Healthy Woman program is to get women to focus on themselves so that they are able to take care of those they love.â€ť Cline said.
â€śWhen we heard the Settles would be open for our event we had to take advantage it. The story behind the renovation of the Settles goes hand in hand with the life experiences of Herlong. Both have had obstacles put in their way, but in the end the Settles and Herlong have a story worth telling and an outcome worth seeing.â€ť
Dinner â€“ a three course set up â€” will be catered by Hotel Settles. Herlong will speak for about 40 minutes, focusing on life lessons and some of the experiences that have made up her journey. After the program has concluded, Herlong will be signing books and CDs, which will be available for sale.
â€śThose attending can expect to have a lot of fun and should be prepared for tons of laughter while they are learning an awareness of physical, mental and spiritual health,â€ť Herlong said. â€śOne of the biggest pieces of advice I can give someone is to never stop dreaming big and never stop believing in a God who is big.â€ť
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Amanda Duforat at 432-268-4842 or Anita Cline at 432-268-4871.