(Women in Longview Day) is an annual event designed to inform, encourage, motivate, and support women. Begun in 1984 by a group of community-minded women, the primary purpose of WILD
is to celebrate the diversity and achievements of Longview’s outstanding women. This year WILD
will be held at Maude Cobb Activity Center on Thursday, March 24. Registration and breakfast will begin the morning. Participants will have the opportunity to network, visit exhibits, and attend an array of interesting seminars. A luncheon will complete the event and includes a fashion show and special guest speaker Ms. Karen Partee, addressing the topic “A Better World for Women.”
As a member of Women in Longview, Nita Gardner is involved in the planning and behind-the-scenes duties needed to make this special day a success. She is serving as exhibit chairman and helping to coordinate the style show.
“Each year, the event attracts more than 400 participants of diverse ages, backgrounds, and interests,” Ms. Gardner said. “Many are career women in various fields: education, counseling, sales, medicine, administration, clerical, communications, and banking. Others are homemakers or retired women. Proceeds from this event will benefit scholarships for graduating seniors and adult women returning to college.”
In addition to her work with Women in Longview, Ms. Gardner is a member of Gregg County Master Gardeners and volunteers at ArtsView Children’s Theatre.
Ms. Gardner was born in Marshall, Texas, and grew up in Longview. Upon graduation from high school she moved to Houston, and lived there more than 40 years. Ms. Gardner returned to Longview several years ago to help care for her aging mother. Now a widow, Ms. Gardner has two adult daughters. She holds a certification in banking from the American Institute of Banking and spent 35 years in the industry, many of those years as a bank manager.
“Volunteering has enabled me to renew many old friendships and to make many new friends in the Longview area,” Ms. Gardner said. “Longview has a long history of generous people willing to work together to make our community a better place to live and raise a family. I am very proud to live in Longview and volunteer my time.”
For tickets or further information on Women in Longview Day, please call 903-663-0823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org