Girls Night Out organizers Sue Puskedra, Mary Lou Hoover, Sharon Lehmann, Amy Jamison and Evelyn Summer welcome women to their Nov. 9 happy hour at The Reach Resort. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

After a long hiatus due to COVID and other complications, the Girls Night Out group got back together for a happy hour networking event on Nov. 9 at The Reach Resort.

Tuesday’s gathering included live music by Bria Ansara, drew more than 100 women and raised money for the Southernmost Boys & Girls Club in Key West.

Girls Night Out is a women’s social network that exists to promote women, their businesses, civic organizations, events, arts, music, health, sports and charities. All are welcome, and more information is available on their Facebook page.

The lovely and talented Bria Ansara provides the happy hour soundtrack. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
More than 100 women enjoy a Girls Night Out happy hour at The Reach Resort in Key West. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Makeup artist Frankie Flemming and Kirby’s Closet owner Kirby Myers enjoy Girls Night Out on Nov. 9 at The Reach Resort in Key West. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Girls Night Out is a Key West networking group of women supporting women. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly
Key West women catch up in person after months of Zoom happy hours. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.