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Friday, February 07, 2014
Miami Children’s Hospital Makes Philanthropy Fashionable

3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Presented by Roger Vivier Paris Raises Nearly Half a Million Dollars to Benefit the Miami Children’s Health Foundation!

Nearly 500 of Miami’s most philanthropic and fashion-forward ladies gathered to celebrate the 3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) presented by Roger Vivier Paris benefiting the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital. The sold-out event took place on Thursday, February 6th at the Coral Gables Country Club and raised nearly half a million dollars for Miami Children’s Hospital and its world-class pediatric healthcare.  

“It was inspiring to see so many women showing their support for our children and families, while having a wonderful time enjoying fashion and friendship,“ said Lucy Morillo Esq., President & CEO, of Miami Children’s Health Foundation.

This year’s event was even more special, as Roger Vivier Paris, the fashion house credited with the design of the first stiletto heel, served as presenting sponsor. Guests were treated to a fashion show presented by U by Kotex with fashions from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and a creative shoe contest. The ladies also enjoyed delectable wine tasting sponsored by Premier Beverage, a one-of-a-kind silent auction, and a delicious lunch. “This has been our most successful Wine, Women & Shoes event thus far,” said Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel, this year’s co-chairs. “We are very proud of the hard work of our committee members and the support we received from the Hospital and Foundation board during the year.”

One of the most unique aspects of the afternoon was the participation of the “Shoe Guys,” who displayed the latest in women’s fashion on silver platters for everyone’s enjoyment. Also, the glamorous Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard proudly served as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies. But the highlight of the luncheon was the moving story of Harrison, a 12-year-old whose life was saved by Miami Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and the talented staff of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Harrison and his mother, Diane Breslow were in attendance and shared with the audience their experience, including a video testimonial featuring interviews with some of the doctors who saved his life. “As a parent you don’t really imagine anything like this happening to you. Harrison was perfectly healthy one day, and the next; we had no idea what was wrong with him,” said Diane during the presentation. “On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank everyone who has donated to this wonderful cause for making a difference not just in my son’s life, but also in every patient’s life who walks through the doors of Miami Children’s Hospital.”

This year’s High Heel Presenting Sponsor: Roger Vivier Paris; Platform Shoe Kick-Off Sponsor: Tina & Dan Carlo, Stiletto Fashion Show Sponsor: U by Kotex; Runway Sponsor: Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. Ruby Slipper Marketplace Sponsor: 4Beauty Aesthetics; Ruby Slipper Venue Sponsor: Coral Gables Country Club, Ruby Slipper Silent Auction Sponsor: MOMO Italy, Glass Slipper Wine Sponsor: Premier Beverage Company, Glass Slipper Invitation Sponsor: Everest Capital, Glass Slipper Floral Design Sponsor: Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Glass Slipper Centerpiece Sponsor: Miami Heat Charitable Fund, Glass Slipper Printing Sponsor: Menu Men, Inc., Glass Slipper Entertainment & Audio Visual Sponsor: Wells Fargo, and Chardonnay Valet & Favor Sponsor: Brownie Brittle. Also, this year’s event included the following media sponsors: Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, Ocean Drive Magazine, and Social Miami.

For more information about the Wine, Women & Shoes event or regarding the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, please contact Morgana Nieves at 786.624.2038 or visit mchf.org/winewomenandshoes

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos from event and fashion show are available upon request.

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