Story by Lisa Rice
Visiting ladies were treated to entertainment and special offers from area businesses during the 21st annual Warwick Ladies Night on Thurs., Aug. 23, sponsored by the Warwick Merchants Guild. Railroad Avenue was closed to through traffic and stands were set up to provide additional spots for vendors to set up booths.
One of the most beloved traditions of Ladies Night is the crowning of the Queen for a Day; a local woman nominated for her generosity to the community and volunteer efforts. Before announcing this year’s Queen, everyone was gathered in the Railroad Green dancing to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” along with belly dancers from The Daughters of HetHaru and The Honey Badgers.
Kaminski Crowned Queen for a Day
“The Queen of Soul is in the Village tonight,” commented Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, taking the stage for the crowning of this year’s Queen. He stated that the reason for choosing a Queen for a Day is to spotlight a woman who has given so much to the community.
Newhard showed a large display of gifts and read a list of merchants and citizens who donated them. The list, “forgotten” by Newhard back in his store was brought over by Donna Kaminski, who much to her surprise was announced as the 2018 Warwick Ladies Night Queen for a Day. She received a crown and a beautiful bouquet, donated by Corwin Florist.
The nomination letter, submitted by her boss, Beth Newhard, the mayor’s sister, cited her volunteerism with Community 2000, the Warwick Summer Arts Festival, Break the Stigma, Project Nomad, and the efforts to create a world-class skate park at Memorial Park.
“Donna understands the importance of relationships and customer service,” Newhard read from the letter.
Mother Nature Supports Ladies Night
“I was so very happy we had beautiful weather,” stated event organizer Corrine Iurato. “That makes or breaks this event. The ladies were all having a great time and our performers were amazing!”
Checking in with the vendors and local businesses, Iurato was happy to report that they all had a great night.
“And that is really all that matters,” said Iurato.
Proceeds from the Warwick Ladies Night go to Safe Homes of Orange County to help their mission to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence.