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Reporting by WVUA 23’s Kayla Smith

Alabama Exposure Magazine and BMW Tuscaloosa partnered to host the Little Red Dress Soiree on Oct. 3.

The event honored 24 women from the Tuscaloosa area. The honorees wore their best red dresses and represented various professional fields, including medicine, management, sales and teaching.

Patrice Smith, a national sales director of Mary Kay Cosmetics and one of the night’s award recipients, said that she is ready to “go back out, do more and touch more lives.”

“I am so excited to be able to empower women, to teach women how to be entrepreneurs and how to develop their brand,” Smith said.

Kevin Riche, the general manager of BMW Tuscaloosa, said the event offered an occasion to celebrate women’s contributions to the community.

“[Women] don’t get enough exposure, enough recognition or enough appreciation on all the stuff they do,” Riche said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to really point out so many different positions and how they bring leadership and help so many other people.”

Gregelyn Robertson attended the soiree because she said she wanted to support the honorees.

“It’s just a time to celebrate all their hard work and what they do, day in and day out, in the community, and it’s a time to bring everyone in to celebrate all of their accomplishments,” Robertson said.

Alabama Exposure Magazine has hosted Little Red Dress Soirees for three years. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

According to Nikki Zeigler, the owner of Luxury Exposure Events, the organization intends to return and host another event in Tuscaloosa in the future. The next event will be held in Birmingham.

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