By Jess Margeson
This fall, make plans to dust off your Manolos or Jimmy Choos and head to the East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) Foundation’s “Wine, Women and Shoes’’ event. The inaugural event will be held at the Moore’s Mill Cub on Oct. 24 and will feature premium wines (as well as fantastic food and fashion) all to benefit the EAMC Foundation’s Breast Health Fund. Local presenter, East Alabama Plastic Surgery & Spa Auburn, hopes it will become a yearly staple in the community.
Three hundred wine-savvy fashionistas are expected to attend the event and will no doubt be delighted as the latest shoe styles arrive on silver platters, and a miniature marketplace is created just for the evening. Guests are invited to sip and savor while perusing the silent auction. The event will also feature a live auction and multiple drawings, including one for a Napa Valley getaway for six! The concept is totally new to the region, and Donna Starr, event co-chair, is optimistic that it will soon become a perennial favorite. “I am so excited to be the co-chair for the first Wine, Women and Shoes event in our area. This will be an exciting evening for all involved. We already have so many special vendors (coming in from all over the country) to create a truly fabulous evening out.’’
Gail Hall of the EAMC Foundation explains that funds generated from the event will help underserved women in the community receive the mammograms, biopsies and treatment that they otherwise would not be able to afford. As she explains, many women fall into this underserved category because they earn too much to qualify for government assistance yet cannot always afford healthcare. Charitable funds like this exist to help bridge the gap and provide effective and established breast-cancer testing and treatment to these hard-working members of our community.
Hall also confirms that so many women have volunteered to be a part of this event, having been touched in some way by the issue of breast cancer. She notes that women all across East Alabama have expressed an eagerness to find a cure and band together to provide treatment and funding in the process, creating a truly community-wide event and effort.
Event chair, Dr. Brenda Dozier, echoes these sentiments. “As chair of our area’s first ever Wine, Women and Shoes event, I encourage everyone to find a way to support local women who face breast cancer screening and/or treatment.” So save the date of Oct. 24, 2013, if you too want to “Be There and Be Fabulous!”