Wheeling YWCA Plans ‘Sip and Shop’ Event Thursday To Raise Money for Y-Not Boutique

Photo by Alex Meyer The variety of women’s clothing available at YWCA’s Y-Not Boutique at its Downtown Wheeling location. On Thursday, the organization is holding a “Sip and Shop” event to benefit the boutique, which provides clothing for women re-entering the workforce.

Ohio Valley women are invited to attend an evening of fashion, fun and empowerment at an upcoming YWCA event.

The organization will hold a “Sip and Shop” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at its Chapline Street location in Downtown Wheeling.

YWCA is hosting the event to raise money for its Y-Not Boutique, which provides a large selection of clothing to women reentering the workforce.

“It’s just a really fun event,” Marketing Director Anne Ricci said. “It’s around when people are getting off work, and people can come and mingle. We have nice cocktails, regular drinks as well. It’s just a fun time.”

At the event, attendees can peruse the variety of women’s clothing the boutique offers while enjoying drinks and meeting other guests.

Ricci said the event is “somewhat annual,” as it was held last year but was replaced with other events in previous years. The boutique itself opened in the early 1990s, she said.

“It allows people to see that we have a boutique, to look at this place that has a lot of nice, nearly new clothing that enables our clients to come into shop with a voucher,” Ricci said.

The boutique provides any woman in need of clothing up to five outfits for a job at no cost, given a referral from a social service agency, church, school, employer or other organization. The shop is fully run by volunteers and is also open to the public at a low cost, Ricci said.

Money from the Sip and Shop will go toward needed refurbishments for the boutique, according to a press release from YWCA.

Ricci explained that the event, and YWCA as a whole, has a goal of empowering women.

“We’re a women’s organization. Women’s empowerment is a huge theme,” she said. “By coming, you’re enabling future women to get clothing. Clothing makes you feel empowered. We’ve got to give women that confidence back.”

Tickets for the Sip and Shop can be purchased online at ywcawheeling.org or by calling 304-232-0511 for more information. YWCA Wheeling is located at 1100 Chapline St.

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