Women celebrate life

 
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Dr. Tony Blevins of the Pickerington Healthfirst Chiropractic clinic explains Alyson Nye’s body alignment to Kristina Corder during the second annual women’s Transitions event sponsored by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 9. Nye and Corder both serve as Chamber interns. Corder organized the event.
 
Dr. Tony Blevins of the Pickerington Healthfirst Chiropractic clinic checks Elva Shasteen’s body alignment during the second annual women’s Transitions event sponsored by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 9. Shasteen attended as a representative for Eastland Career Center’s Medical Assisting program.
 
Fashion designer Stephanie Chrisman prepares her daughter Madison to model clothing from Cottongrass boutique at the second annual women’s Transitions event sponsored by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 9. Chrisman opened Cottongrass in Olde Pickerington last March to sell her clothing created by recycling vintage fabrics.
 
Pickerington resident Linda Beal tries a ring from the Silpada Jewelry booth at the second annual women’s Transitions event sponsored by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 9 at the Seton Hall Parish Activity Center.

Free mammograms, a fashion show and speakers covering topics including personal finances drew 75 participants to the second annual "Transitions: Empowering Women in All Phases of Life" held by the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 9.

The seminar targeted women experiencing changes in their lives such as enrolling in college, changing jobs or starting families.

Chamber intern Kristina Corder, who organized the event, said that a greater emphasis was placed on health this year.  In addition to the mammograms, Mt Carmel had a booth and Healthfirst Chiropractic provided free body alignment evaluations.

Also at the seminar, Pickerington clothing designer Stephanie Chrisman introduced her fashion line to those unfamiliar with her shop, Cottongrass, in Olde Pickerington Village. Local models wore Chrisman’s designs that recycle vintage fabric.

Although the chamber expected around 200 people to attend, the event received positive feedback.

"They thanked us for providing the information in a friendly environment," chamber president Helen Mayle said. "The chamber has a Women’s Leadership Coalition that has partnered with Fifth Third Bank and Ohio University-Pickerington Center. We have programs throughout the year with exceptions of summer months."

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