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Fun for a cause: Girls Night Out benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities

Make your next Girls Night Out count and get the girls together for a cause.

Head to Girls Night Out on April 28 at Isleta Resort & Casino for some serious pampering, primping, shopping and more. Event proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico programs.

Now in its 12th year, the 21-and-older event has more than 100 booths of vendors offering jewelry, clothing, handbags, perfume, health and beauty products and much more.

“We have indulgence providers, and they’re there to provide pampering and indulgences for our ticket guests, and that can be anything from makeup touch-up, hairstyling – we have massages,” said Melissa Gomez, marketing and special events manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. “We have skin indulgences. We have henna and body painting. We have food, like chocolate sampling, wine sampling, iced coffee sampling. So we have several salons that are doing the spa indulgences, and then we have other health and beauty indulgences and vendors.”

Walk around and be entertained by DJs pumping out music that will keep you moving. Also move to the dance and Jazzercise demonstrations and enjoy performances by a local belly dance troupe throughout the night.

Proceeds benefit programs provided to families through Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico. The organization operates the Ronald McDonald House as well as a Ronald McDonald Family Room at Presbyterian Hospital and the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. Last year the Ronald McDonald House offered 9,677 nights of lodging to families traveling to Albuquerque who have a child that needs medical care at any hospital in the city.

The Ronald McDonald House can host as many as 30 families at a time. In the 35 years it has been open it has had more than 30,000 families stay there. It offers families their own private guest room and bathroom as well as common living areas and other spaces where they can sit, relax and watch TV, according to Gomez. There is also a communal kitchen that offers guests their own refrigerator space and cabinet space. The house also has a program called Guest Chef where groups and individuals come in every night and cook for the families. If chefs or cooks cannot be there to prepare the food, they can sponsor a meal.

The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms had more than 16,000 visits last year, according to Gomez.

“(The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are) a resting space in the hospitals that families, any families, whether they’re traveling to Albuquerque or currently living here, that have children at the hospital getting medical care, are able to go just to get away from the hospital room, to get away from the beeping and take a minute to get coffee, a snack, take a break,” Gomez said. “Our family rooms provide that rest bed and that comfortable space where they can just take a breath and get some rest.”