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Shoe Guys

By September 22, 2014September 18th, 2017No Comments


With an array of dazzling accessories and fine wines, the Wine, Women & Shoes soiree can seem like a fantasy evening from a Fairy Godmother, especially with handsome Prince Charmings presenting designer slippers on silver platters.

The second annual Wine, Women & Shoes event is scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Moores Mill Club with all proceeds benefiting the EAMC Foundation Cancer Center Breast Health Fund. The fall event is sponsored by the East Alabama Plastic Surgery and Spa Auburn.

After researching the WW&S company in the Napa Valley, Gail Hall, special events coordinator, and Julia Pipes, director of the EAMC Foundation, felt it was the ideal fun event for women that involved men in the community who wanted to support a great cause. The first event last year was a huge success, and this year’s WW&S will feature additional vendors, restaurants providing scrumptious fare and a Fashion Show by Gus Mayer.

Along with good food from local restaurants, wine vendors from Napa Valley will be pouring fine wines. As premium wines are being savored, a silent and live auction will offer assorted treasures.

Vendors from New York, Napa Valley and Birmingham will display accessories, including shoes, handbags, jewelry as well as make-up, with a percentage of sales proceeds going to the Breast Health Fund.

The “Shoe Guys” are one of the highlights of the evening. These gentlemen have volunteered to walk around carrying silver platters showcasing shoes or accessories. They may be well-known sport figures or businessmen who are willing to assist women in selecting a wedge or platform pump for a good cause.

Shoe Guys for this year are: Chris Harris, Kendall Simmons, Levale Speigner, Will Herring, Dr. Brad Litkenhous, Dr. Fred Kam, Dr. George Liles, Dr. John Mitchell, Dr. John Tole, Dr. Rob Marino, Dr. Trent Wilson, Andrew Barnes, Bradon Rogers, Brady Dubberley, Caleb Pipes, Dr. Duriel Barlow, Gavin Finklea, Hans van der Reijden, Jody Fuller, John Huff, Jon Waggoner, Nathan Levy, Parker Duffey, Rod Foster, Stephen Prestridge, Travis Spratlin, Jason Parkman, Matt Davis and Bo Morrissey.

“Being a Shoe Guy enables men to support the Cancer Center Breast Health Fund,” says Gail Hall, “and to engage in a hands-on way. This year we are adding a ‘King of Sole’ competition. The Shoe Guy who raises the most money for the fund will be crowned ‘King of Sole.’”

Shoe Guys will engage with guests and explain the charity mission as well as persuade guests to purchase items, such as shoes they carry on trays.

The Breast Health fund helps the medically underserved in East Alabama receive mammograms, biopsies and MRI’s. It also helps with transportation to and from treatment as well as prosthesis and mastectomy bras. “The money we raise stays in our community to help local women,” says Hall.

The biggest ticket item is “a key to the closet,” which is a woman’s closet filled with jewelry, handbags, shoes and clothes. Raffle tickets will be sold for this grand prize.

Restaurants donating this year include Acre, Amsterdam Café, Ariccia, Kowaliga, Hamilton’s, Mikata, Smallcakes, and The Hound. The event will also feature the “Maestro’s Wall of Wines.”

Event co-chairs for this year’s event are Lisa van der Reijden and Gail Hall. Honorary chair is Dr. Linda Anz, a breast cancer survivor. Other chairs are: Colleen Alsobrook, Christin Bancroft, Carrie Carpenter, Davina Casey, Brenda Dozier, Melanie Duffey, Lori Fuller, Rosemary Gran, Jennifer Guthrie, Jennifer Harper, Marty Heideman, Kat Huff, Ashley James, Ely Jones, Mary Evelyn Jordan, Colby Lakas, Jennifer Liles, Jess Margeson, Mandy Moore, Misty Moore, Lisa Persons, Nonet Reese, Courtney Roberts, Karla Simmons, Emmy Sorrells, Mindy Street, Elizabeth White-Spratlin, Kammi Waggoner and Reilly Williamson.

The polished and sophisticated WW&S have managed over 175 events and helped net $20 million dollars for women’s and children’s charities.

For additional information visit www.winewomenandshoes.com/eamcf or contact Gail Hall 334.528.5874 or gail.hall@eamc.org.Instagram: #winewomenshoesauburn


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