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04/28/04 - Tyler

Thousands Attend "Women's Night Out"

First, there was the food. Smoked salmon with caviar... mm, salty. Then, there were the hunks from the last season of ABC's "The Bachelorette." There was a surprise appearance by finalist Lanny Lawrence from East Texas. The ladies were only expecting to see runner-up, another Texan, Matthew Hickl.

"I watched every episode," Rachel Fox, from Henderson, said. "And I literally almost cried when she picked Ian. But lucky for her, Hickl is now single and even better looking in person.

"I've never actually been to Tyler," Hickl said. "This is my first time. But from I've seen so far, it's a beautiful city, a lot of nice people."

"Now I'm just going to be depressed when I leave because, you know, it's like not real," Fox said.

It's ok. There were more hunks on stage for the Tommy Hilfiger men's swimsuit style show, put on by East Texas firefighters and police officers. For country music lovers, Brooks Atwood stole the show.

But while some ladies were screaming and getting all stressed out over men, other ladies were enjoying the peace and quiet. Nothing like a free massage from the pros, even if only for a few minutes.

"Relaxed me, massaged all the way down my spine and back up," Vanessa Jarmakovitz, from Chandler, said. "It was great."

Dozens of local companies and schools offering products and services to women young and old, as well as restaurants hoping to attract future customers.

"Just forget about all the stressfulness during the day and just relax and open up and meet other women and just have fun," Jamaica Jacobo, from Tyler, said.

Women's Night Out was put on by Clear Channel Radio. One-third of tonight's proceeds will go to the East Texas Crisis Center.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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