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Happy Girls Don’t Do That leader announces fundraiser results

MaLinda Perry said she's "over the moon happy" regarding the financial results.

Raffle ticket purchasers each received a donated gift. Gifts Happy Girls Don’t Do That received included gift cards to local businesses. Together, the donations were valued at $2,500, organizers said. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Happy Girls Don’t Do That raised roughly $3,200 through its first gala fundraiser, MaLinda Perry, who’s the Gallup Certified Strengths Coach at the helm of the organization, said today.

Perry said the goal for the fundraiser, which took place New Year’s Eve, was to encourage community awareness of and interest in the organization, which encourages youth to develop themselves personally and contribute to their communities and the world.

She said she’s “over the moon happy” about the financial results.

“For a first event to come out in the black is amazing!” she said. “We have amazing feedback from everyone. We were even told it was the most beautiful event they have ever attended.”

Professional dance instructor Tara Konyn teaches The Charleston. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Boys and girls can both join chapters, including the one that’s launched in Gillette.

“Boys are equally affected by mean girls,” Perry said.

Membership dues for the Gillette chapter are $20 a year. Chapter President Patricia Hill and Chapter Adviser Heather Preswood of HUB International are leading the Gillette chapter, Perry said. The chapter will begin meeting twice a month as participation grows, Hill said.

The organization’s next event is the Positivity Conference, which is slated for Aug. 11 and 12. A “Pretty in Pink” gala will take place Dec. 30.

Susan (left) and Russ Barnes were among the many people who dressed up Roaring 20s style for the event. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

To learn more about the organization, contact Perry at 307-689-8505, lala.perry@yahoo.com or Facebook message via www.facebook.com/HappyGirlsDontDoThat. To learn more about the Gillette chapter, contact Perry or contact Hill. Hill’s phone number is 307-299-9313.

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