, Director of Philanthropy in Wilmington for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina announced that the 2014 Wine Women & Shoes fundraising event raised $70,000 to help grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions. The third-year event, presented by Wilmington Dermatology Center
, was attended by more than 400 people at the Burney Center Ballroom on the campus of UNC-Wilmington on April 3.
“We’re delighted with the continued growth of Wine Women & Shoes in Wilmington over the years,” said Netherland. “It takes a tremendous amount of hard work by a dedicated group of sponsors and volunteers to make this one of area’s most popular events, but it is certainly worth it to see everyone have fun while creating awareness of our mission.”
At Wine Women & Shoes, guests had the chance to take a look at the season’s hottest fashions and newest trends, sample wines from some of the top winemakers in the country, shop for their favorite fashions in the marketplace and take part in an auction and raffle. Local area men who volunteered their time as “Shoe Guys” during the event also participated in an online fundraising campaign which raised a total of $22,000.
Dr. Lenard Edralin
, pediatrician at Wilmington-based Knox Clinic Pediatrics
, encouraged the “Shoe Guys” efforts by issuing two challenges to the team of more than 20 men: raise $5,000 in the first two weeks of campaign and he would personally match it; reach $20,000 by event day and he would donate an additional $7,500 to grant a child’s wish. Both challenges were met, so Dr. Edralin kindly donated $12,500 to support the event. Bobby Brandon
of Intracoastal Realty earned “King of Sole” honors by raising $6,650, the highest total among the “Shoe Guys.”
In addition to presenting sponsor Wilmington Dermatology Center, the event was made possible through the support of Event Shuttle Service
, Roya and Henry Weyerhaeuser
, and National Home Finance
as well as all of the various wine, culinary and boutique partners who provided the glamour and fun.