VALDOSTA – Thousands attended the Fifth Annual South Georgia Women’s Show Saturday, saluting education for youth and adults in the community and promoting awareness for self and health among women throughout the community.

All day, people filled the James H. Rainwater Conference Center, during this year’s event, sponsored by the Valdosta Board of Realtors. Attendants perused information tables sharing information on local schools and colleges, enjoyed the relaxation of complementary massages, learned about the health issues often affecting women and participated in raffle give away’s from several area businesses.

“We asked our area educators to write to us and tell us of the things they needed for their

classrooms. We know there are never enough tax dollars to go around and fully support our teachers’ needs. The purpose of this show is to provide funds to help meet those additional classroom needs, to provide money for after school programs, food, books and supplies for tutoring programs, as well as showcase our area private schools,” said Adonna Smith, Valdosta Board of Realtors chairwoman. “We do this event to show our educators that they really are appreciated. It’s so very important to support our teachers and let them know that we are behind them every day.”

As women came in droves throughout the day, a few men could be seen among the crowds too, seeming to enjoy the event just as much as their wives.

“ I came out because my little girl is modeling today and I wanted to support my wife who is helping with the Boston Butt sale ... okay, she made me come. Seriously, I do like to see what’s going on in the community and all that Valdosta has to offer, and it seems to all be here today at this event, ” said Larry Taylor.

Katie Hardin of South Georgia Medical Center spoke to women about their health while giving free cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, hoping to encourage the natural caregivers to begin taking more care of themselves.

“Women are so often the caregivers of their families that they overlook their own health care needs. It’s important to take care of ourselves and with heart disease as the number one killer of women in the U.S. it’s really critical that we begin to monitor our blood pressure and cholesterol,” she said.

Angela Crance, Valdosta Technical College vice president of business and industry services, was present, looking on in pride at the success of the event, recalling how education has changed the lives of each of the members of the Board of Realtors.

“ This is really a great day for us too because we feel like a partner in it as well. These realtors came through our program at Val Tech and to see each of them successful and here today, likewise, promoting education is very rewarding, and an honor to our program and school,” said Crance.

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