Lynchburg's Amazement Square Honors Women at Gathering of the Goddesses

Photographer: Levi Washburn

Lynchburg, VA- It was an affair fit for gods in downtown Lynchburg Friday night, but only goddesses were allowed. Amazement Square held its 12th annual Gathering of the Goddesses fundraiser.

It's a special event Amazement Square holds to honor the hard-working women in our community. And Friday, they got the Hollywood treatment, red carpet and all.

It was a night full of food, friends, and a little fame. Women who usually work behind the scenes, got a taste of the glory while walking the red carpet.

"It is a ladies only event to celebrate all the wonderful things women do in the community: volunteering in the schools and their community organizations, and even here at Amazement Square," said Ashleigh Karol, Director of Marketing at Amazement Square.

Once inside, goddesses were treated to a heavenly assortment of spirits, snacks, shopping, and even spa treatments.

"The food is going to be great, the beer and wine is great, and the spa services, you just can't go wrong," said Karol.

Winding their way through Amazement Square, this kid's discovery zone turned into a hard-working woman's haven. Even though not all aspects of the museum were lost, some hard work went into putting the event together.

"The most amazing thing to me is all these service providers are donating their time. So, it's wonderful that they're doing that for the women of the community, and I encourage everyone to support them," said Karol.

"It's that time when I guess all the women of Lynchburg kind of come together to just honor a certain person a year, and just a bunch of women that really get involved in the community," said Ashley Rhodes, Manager of Robin Alexander Bistro.

And after the goddesses were done treating themselves, they turned their attention to this year's Honorary Goddess, Ellen Jamerson.

"She's done lots of wonderful things in our community. She's participated on the United Way Women's Leadership Council, and she's volunteered herself to the nth degree for sure," said Karol.

"I'm just sort of overwhelmed at being chosen as honorary goddess this year, along with so many women so well-known in Lynchburg who have been chosen in the past. It's quite an honor," said Jamerson.

All proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the exhibition programs offered at Amazement Square. Organizers say the more money they bring into their programs, the more they're able to offer children in our area.