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November 3, 2013

More than 260 attend 13th annual Women’s Wellness Fun Day

RICHMOND — For the past 13 years, Women’s Wellness Fun Day has been a day planned for women only, and organizer Arlayne Francis did her best to keep it that way.

More than 260 women attended the annual event, which featured presentations on various women’s health topics, crafts, exhibits, food and the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Style Show as the grand finale.

The event’s program said the after-lunch entertainment was “Lady T. Wilson.” But it turns out, he was no lady.

Complete with a wig and high heals, Tim Wilson, minister of music at First Baptist Church on the Eastern Bypass in Richmond, sashayed onto the runway for 20 minutes of music and comedy.

“It was the only way he could attend,” joked Francis, who kept Wilson’s appearance a secret from everyone.

“Lady T. Wilson has four grown children, three grandbabies and a wife,” Francis said before Wilson stepped out in front of the audience. He also retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant and was a soloist with the Air Force Band, she said.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Tamea Evans of Baptist Primary Care in Richmond, spoke about diabetes while Dr. Paula Hollingsworth of Baptist Health-Lexington talked about heart health.

APRN Amelia Henderickson of the Lexington Clinic covered “all the things women need to do to keep their bodies well,” Francis said.

Before lunch, Dr. Martha Beagle, a Berea College professor, got everyone on their feet for 25 minutes of Body Recall exercises.

The annual event is free, but it has grown from just 60 women gathered at the Madison County Extension Office during its first year to more than 260 women at Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins Building this year, Francis said.

Keeping the event free is important, she said, so women can receive health education and have a fun day with other women, even if they can’t afford it.

The Madison County Breast Cancer Survivors’ Group wrapped up the day with a three-part style show featuring dress and casual wear provided by the Dress Barn as well as costumes the models created themselves to represent each month of the year.

This year’s theme was “Celebrating our Freedom,” not just as a country, but as women, Francis said.

“We thank our veterans for giving their lives for our freedom as Americans,” she said. “But we also are celebrating our freedom as women. In our country, we can wear what we want, we can drive and we are free to be ourselves.”

Crystal Wylie can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.


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