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Expo raises money for women
Desi Nikolova of Professional Handmade sells her handmade crochet clothing at A Woman's Life Expo. The event raised funds for Garden of Empowerment, a nonprofit that helps widowed and divorced women. - photo by Autumn McBride

Organizers of the first A Woman’s Life Expo, a fundraiser for Garden of Empowerment, said the event was a success.

Sue Wilson, founder of Garden of Empowerment, said all 78 exhibitors who were scheduled to attend came out Saturday to Central Park’s indoor event facility.

Mostly women-owned businesses, Wilson said the exhibitors brought a variety of goods and services to the some 300 attendees.
Among them: shoes, clothing, free food, and skin cancer and other health screenings.

“We’re getting a lot of good feedback from everyone who attended and the vendors,” Wilson said. “We’re already booking vendors for next year. A lot of the exhibitors are saying this was the best event they’ve been to in years.”

While she didn’t yet know the total amount raised for Garden of Empowerment, which helps divorced and widowed women move forward in their lives, Wilson said “we did well.”

Funds will go to Garden of Empowerment projects such as a monthly newsletter, workshops and seminars, mentoring programs and “boot camps” for recently divorced women.

For more information on Garden of Empowerment, contact Wilson at (770) 815-2628 or e-mail