4th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Raises More Than $600,000

Benefiting Miami Children’s Health Foundation

Event Co-chairs, Carola Pimentel and Criselda Breene with Kick-off Sponsor Sofia Joelsson.

The 4th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) presented by Sergio Rossi, was held at the JW Marriot Marquis, and raised more than $600,000 for Miami Children’s Hospital. The event brought together 600 of Miami’s most philanthropic and fashion forward ladies with the common interest of supporting the institution’s world-class pediatric healthcare.

The lively afternoon featured wine tastings, a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items, a delicious lunch, and a fashion show featuring items from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. Guests were also able to shop at the exclusive marketplace featuring Ana Mari Ortega, Artesano Cudesso, Dennis Basso, Eberjey, En Avance, Lostmarc’h, Monisha Melwani Jewelry, Purificacion Garcia, Sergio Rossi, and Sirissima/Clement Willoch.

Serving as this year’s Master of Ceremonies was CBS 4’s very own Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter, Lisa Petrillo, while Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel reprised their roles as co-chairs.

“We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of the women in South Florida, as well as our committee members, who helped make this such a successful event,” said Co-chairs, Breene and Pimentel. “Because of the support of our community, we have become the highest Wine, Women & Shoes revenue-making event in the country.”

Not only did the fun-filled event give guests the opportunity to enjoy fine wine and great style, but also offered a new element this year, the Key to the Closet. This new initiative gave one lucky winner, Rosana Gorrin, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at winning a year’s worth of Sergio Rossi shoes. Every month for the next 12 months, Gorrin will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to the Sergio Rossi Bal Harbour Boutique.

The highlight of the event however, was the uplifting story of Miami Children’s Hospital patient, Gracie. Her mom, Karin Penkala was in attendance and shared with the audience their experience selecting Miami Children’s Hospital and its team of dedicated physicians to entrust with their daughter’s life. Gracie was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart condition prior to her birth, which required complex surgery. Gracie’s story will be highlighted by the foundation in March as part of its Patient of the Month initiative.

This year’s High Heel Presenting Sponsor: Sergio Rossi; Platform Shoe Kick-off Sponsor: Sofia Joelsson; Stiletto Fashion Show Sponsor: Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. Venue Sponsor: JW Marriott Marquis Miami; Ruby Slipper Key To The Closet Sponsor: Avior Airlines; Key To The Closet designed and produced by Petit Pois Catering & Design; Ruby Slipper Centerpiece Sponsor: Karla Conceptual Event Experiences; Ruby Slipper Marketplace Sponsor: Kidz Medical Services; Glass Slipper Décor Sponsor: For Eyes; Glass Slipper Printing Sponsor: Menu Men; Glass Slipper Swag Bag Sponsor: Physicians To Children; Glass Slipper Wine & Spirits Sponsor: Premier Beverage; Merlot Shoe Guys Sponsor: Del Monte Fresh Produce; Merlot Menu Card Sponsor: Northwestern Mutual, Darling Lie-Nielsen; Syrah Volunteer Sponsor: Vattikuti Ventures. Also, this year’s event included the following media sponsors: iHeart Radio, Ocean Drive Magazine, and Social Miami.

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