United Way of Broward County was proud to host the second annual Wine, Women & Shoes event on Thursday, April 23rd at the Gallery of Amazing Things in Dania Beach. The fabulous event provided an opportunity for more than 350 key influencers, fashion trendsetters, and charity supporters to come together and support the local community. Wine, Women & Shoes raised more than $60,000 benefiting United Way of Broward County’s programs such as ReadingPals and Project Lifeline.
“Wine Women & Shoes is an extraordinary event that highlights the generosity and selflessness of our community by raising an awe-inspiring amount of funds that will go right back into the community,” said Kathleen Cannon, President and CEO of United Way of Broward County. “Success from events such as this one allows United Way of Broward County to support its initiatives.”
As guests arrived, they were greeted by “Sole Men,” local male volunteers who presented the latest fashion accessories and jewelry on silver trays and shared fun facts about the art of wine and shoes. Guests dined on small plates provided by Ruth’s Chris SteakHouse Fort Lauderdale and sipped on wines from wineries around the world while they participated in a silent auction that included items ranging from luxurious wines to the hottest fashions, exciting spa packages and more.
The night’s festivities also included a live auction where participants bid on lavish vacations to destinations such as Napa Valley, Italy and a VIP experience to the Emmys in Los Angeles. A magnificent fashion show with the latest collections in women’s wear and ultra-fashionable high heels featuring top local fashion designers including Julian Chang, Lisu Vega, Nicolas Felizola, Tiffany Chimere and Crustal 4 U culminated the night. The fashion show was produced by Sobol Fashion Productions, best known for the development and implementation of Miami Fashion Week®.
Elizabeth Cambareri of JP Morgan Private Bank served as the event chair. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services was the title sponsor of the event and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center was the presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors included JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Southeast Toyota Distributors, Publix Super Market Charities, Ruth’s Chris Steak House Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, Memorial Healthcare Systems, Broward Health, AutoNation, Celebrity Cruises, Comcast Business, SunTrust, American Express, Holman Automotive Group, The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, BigMouthGirlz.com, WSVN, Greenspoon Marder, Bank United, Blue Martini, J.P. Morgan Bank, Waste Management, Terry’s Toppers, Kaplan Higher Education Group and UPS.
About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.
About Julian Chang:
Julian Chang, is a Peruvian born Miami, Florida based fashion designer. His designs encompass sophisticated evening wear for Miami’s elite, to a contemporary women’s collection that now sells in more than 500 boutiques worldwide, to custom designs for celebrities including Britney Spears and Gloria Estefan. He recently received recognition from the national organization Fresh Faces as a top emerging designer. His perspective on fashion is encompassed by the following quote: “Style is not based on brand names, labels or latest season’s must have. Style is within yourself. My collections will bring you an effortless look that is outlined with your own style, by mixing timeless, comfortable pieces that will always be relevant to your wardrobe. Miami’s lifestyle is my inspiration, so I mix glamour with sexiness and confidence.