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1st Annual


March 24, 2006

This wasn't your typical ladies night.

It was hockey...with flair!

Breakaways and baubles. Goals and goodies. Sticks and salons. Pucks and pampering. Maximus and massages. Yet another Gladiator first, Girls Gone Gladiators Night, brought together the world of women and the world of hockey. Though it's not that great of a stretch, typically sporting events cater to the guys. This time, however, it was all about the ladies! Various businesses from around the area came out to the game on Friday, March 24 to showcase their services. There were highly popular free chair massages, make-up lessons, magazines, and so much more. Even the guys got into it as many husbands, brothers, sons, and dates were seen perusing the tables looking for that perfect gift idea.

Popular with young and old, the evening was capped off by a live, on-ice drawing for an unbelievable hot pink Daisy Rock guitar that was autographed in 18kt gold leaf by the entire Gladiators team. Fans had to visit every table that evening and then return to the Gladiators information booth to drop their completed registration form in for the chance to win the prize, donated by Music Authority. And for those who didn't win the guitar, there were plenty of individual giveaways at many of the tables. An instant tradition was established...and we can't wait for next year!

Many thanks to the following for their support and participation in the
1st Annual Girls Gone Gladiators:
Studio 93 Salon ♥ Dillard's Salon & Day Spa ♥ Mulberry Moon Jewelry & Gifts ♥ Uptown Girl ♥ Salon Greco ♥ Skirt! Magazine ♥ Clene Start ♥ South Gwinnett ABWA ♥ Music Authority ♥ Mary Kay ♥ Bliss Day Spa ♥ eLinks Recruiting ♥ Pampered Chef ♥ Susan G. Komen Foundation ♥ Lia Sophia Jewelry ♥ Sacob Limo Service ♥ AVON ♥ Salon 3 Thirty 1 ♥ Amerisuites ♥ ReMax Center ♥ Stampin' Up

The Festivities Begin...

Joe Gelderman explains to a young fan how to register for the guitar, on display at the Gladiators Information Booth.

Denise Barros, sporting the limited edtion hot pink Girls Gone Gladiators shirt, directs a fan towards the booths showcased on the other side of the arena.

Visiting the Booths...

Thomas Swartz and the ladies of Dillards Salon & Day Spa pose for a quick picture before the doors open.

The ladies of Salon Greco take a mini break from the massages and passing out coupons.

One of the most popular spots during the evening, a Gladiators fan enjoys a free massage courtesy of Salon Greco.

Brenda Jennings and her partner agree to a snapshot in between welcoming fans to their table.

But shortly thereafter, another fan comes by and Brenda launches into business mode.

Epitomizing their name, the girls of Uptown Girls work their booth.

The booth featured the latest fashions, along with industry news, and coupons for a fans next visit to their store.

Stephanie Billings, a volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, manned their booth during the night. A portion of the proceeds from the Girls Gone Gladiators t-shirts will be donated to the foundation.

Marcia Dykes, co-owner of Studio 93 Salon, joins her girls for a photo during the 1st period.

But as soon as the Intermission came, it was back to work!

Melody Baker poses with an issue of Skirt! Magazine, which will be hitting Atlanta area newstands in May.

Melody explains the new magazine and it's concept to Missy Martin, a Gladiators fan.

Angie Page and a friend hand out information on her business - Stampin' Up!

Although initially directed to the wrong event being held in the Gwinnett Center complex, Angie came bustling in and got set up just in time to answer questions from fans.

Jackie Glinn poses with her South Gwinnett American Business Womens Association display.

Particularly useful on a night like Girls Gone Gladiators, the ABWA information was a popular pick up for the fans.

Mary Ann Hendrick came out with the Gladiators host hotel - Amerisuites!

Friends Andre Shillow and Christy Booth shared a table for the evening.

Although Andre was representing Mary Kay and Christy was Avon, no 5 minutes majors for fighting were handed out!

Tambrin Mickelson of Bliss Day Spa checks to make sure everything is set up correctly as the first fans begin to filter in.

A short time later, Tambrin was busy passing out information on the spa's services.

Dori Mueller, with ReMax, hands out information on properties available to a fan.

Kim Salvatore of Lia Sophia Jewelry showcased an expansive selection of her jewlery.

Many fans jotted down things they were interested in, and contact information, so that they could later purchase items from the Lia Sophia line.

Charmaine Augustine with Sacob Limo Service came out for the evening to offer fans information on how to ride around town in style!

Lisa Boylan with Mary Kay brought out her friends, and a perfectly color coordinated display, to Girls Gone Gladiators!

Lisa and her helpers spent the evening handing out fabulous beauty tips..and hand lotion to those who's hands were greatly in need!

The ladies of Mulberry Moon were the first to have their pictures snapped after setting up!

Mulberry Moon's items were unique in that they are all individually monogrammed to fit the customer's needs.

The girls from Music Authority smile big for the camera, surrounded by all of their things!

With the hot pink Daisy Rock guitar having sparked quite the interest, the Music Authority table was very busy that evening. (At least there was some nice music to accompany things!)

Traci Smith With The Pampered Chef perfectly sported her pink apron for the evening!

Throughout most of the night, Traci could be found demonstating one of her various products displayed on her table.

And finally - the GUITAR!

Melissa Loggins and Quana Nash, both of Music Authority, and Director of Merchandise Christina Johnson brought the stellar guitar out to center ice during the 2nd intermission, which Maximus was quick to take notice of.

Max holds the box while Quana draws out the winner. Gladiators announcer Chris Peace would then call out the winner's name...

Denise King! (Who is joined here by her children.)

photos by Christi Johnson and Rebecca McCracken

Again, the Gladiators would like to thank everyone who participated in this spectacular evening...we had a blast and hope you did, too.

Until next year's Girls Gone Gladiators...

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