2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Presented by Elizabeth Spill

Raises nearly $450,000 to benefit the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation President & CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Dr. Rekha Kini, MCH Foundation Board of Directors Chair-Elect Marile Lopez, MCH Foundation Board of Directors Secretary Ravneet Chowdhury

More than 450 ladies slipped into their stilettos and joined together at the Sold Out 2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Presented by Elizabeth Spill for a day of shopping and fun with the common purpose of supporting world-class pediatric healthcare.

Guests from throughout South Florida gathered at Coral Gables Country Club on February 7 to not only raise their glasses, but raise nearly $450,000 to benefit the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital, which is nearly double the amount raised at the inaugural event.

“We are proud to announce that after 150 Wine Women & Shoes events produced throughout the country over the past eight years, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s event in only its second year has raised more than any single Wine Women & Shoes event in history,” said Elaine Honig, Wine, Women & Shoes Founder and President.

Guests were treated to a sophisticated day of wine tastings, a silent auction featuring lavish trips and experiences and a fashion marketplace and a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables.

Event Co-Chair and CBS 4 Anchor Shannon Hori once again served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Joined by her fellow Co-chairs Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel, Hori called upon the women in the audience to donate to Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.

2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Co-chairs CBS 4 Anchor Shannon Hori, Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel

In observance of February’s Heart Month, guests had the opportunity to hear from Vanessa Martinez, whose 19-month-old daughter Luna’s life was saved by the Miami Children’s Hospital cardiac team. Luna also made a special appearance on stage.

Three fashionistas were awarded with Neiman Marcus gift certificates for winning a shoe contest. Andrea Noboa won “Best Stiletto,” Priya Panjabi won “Best Classic” and Barbara Becker came home with the prize for “Best Overall” shoes. Shoe judges included CBS 4 Entertainment Reporter Lisa Petrillo, 2012 Best Overall winner Alison Kunkel and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation President & CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti.

“I’m very excited that we are able to bring together women of all generations for philanthropy, friendship and fun,” said Morillo-Agnetti. “When it comes to our children, we only want the best. Miami Children’s Hospital is about providing the best healthcare of the children of our community and across the world.”

The luncheon was also highlighted by the “Shoe Guys” who showed off the latest ladies fashions on a silver platter, literally.

“Best Overall” shoe award winner Barbara Becker (left) and “Best Classic” shoe award winner Priya Panjabi (right) pose with Vanessa and Luna Martinez (center) after they announced they were donating their Neiman Marcus gift certificate prizes to Vanessa upon hearing her daughter Luna’s heartwarming story


Sponsors included High Heel Presenting Sponsor: Elizabeth Spill; Stiletto Fashion Show Sponsor: Neiman Marcus Coral Gables; Ruby Slipper Sponsors: Coral Gables Country Club, Venue Sponsor; Molly Snyder, Kick-off Sponsor; Kidz Medical Services, Entertainment Sponsor; Glass Slipper Sponsors: Premier Beverage, Wine & Spirits Sponsor; Del Monte Fresh Produce Company, Marketplace Vendor Sponsor; Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Centerpiece Sponsor; Northwestern Mutual courtesy of Matthew J. Ferrera & Ed McClusky, Silent Auction Sponsor; Passion Growers, LLC., Flower Sponsor; Merlot Sponsors: Menu Men Inc., Print Sponsor; Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Valet Sponsor; Syrah Sponsors: Gresham Partners, LLC, Coffee Cart Sponsor; Oceanview Shades & Drapery, Tote Bag Sponsor; Muscato Sponsors: Ann Lyons in memory of David, Dessert Sponsor; Misha’s Cupcakes, Favor Sponsor; Cabernet Sauvignon Sponsors: Brickell Travel Management, Program Card Sponsor; Jacqueline Silverman, Volunteer Sponsor; Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz, Shoe Guy Sponsor; Just Ask Boo, Nail File Sponsor; Tammy Napoli, Photography Sponsor; Ice Wine Sponsors: A Galvez Construction, Water Bottle Sponsor; Avior Airline, Welcome Drink Sponsor; Media Sponsors: WFOR/CBS4 and ClearChannel Media + Entertainment.

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Chair-Elect Marile Lopez, President & CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti and Board of Directors Secretary Ravneet Chowdhury

Criselda Breene, Shannon Hori and Carola Pimentel served as Co-chairs of the 2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Committee. Members included Barbara Becker, Gingi Beltran, Michele Benesch, Susanne Birbragher, Beatriz Bravo-Gutierrez, Klaudia Brown, Eilah Campbell-Beavers, Tina Carlo, Tonya Cozzarelli, Fiorella De Satory, Cristina Echavarria, Karin Figueroa Cisneros, Christina Getty-Maercks, Iran Issa-Khan, Gaby Jimenez, Irene Korge, Alison Kunkel, Jennifer Levin, Nicole Lozano, Melissa Medina-Schnur, Bronwyn Miller, Andria Miyares, Lily Moskovitz, Tammy Napoli, Marcella Novela, Kerry Perez, Leticia Pfeffer, Sam Robins, Katharine Rubino, Jacqueline Silverman, Molly Snyder, Tara Solomon, Blair Sonville, Elizabeth Spill, Lauren Sturges-Fernandez, Debbie Tano, Maria Elena Uzcategui, Siri Willoch and Jocelyn Woolworth.

Photos by Orlando Garcia, Suzanne Crossland, World Red Eye and Yamila Lomba