“Sole Men” Join Wine, Women & Shoes Benefit Wednesday

Gina Baffo, Lily Lee and Marcie SabatellaMelinda Snyder, Colleen Welsh and Carrie BenuskaMelissa Short, Una Battagila, Katie Seley and Susan SeleyMen with accessories on silver platters welcomed women at the door. These men are from Braun Fitness.Nattha Quan, Melissa Short, and Michele CanonRetired Helen Moran-Wolf surprised guests with a visit, pictured with Phyllis CrandonShoe Judges Gary Pellant and Robert Shahnazarian Jr.Susan Blaisdell, Leslie Clayton and Mia DeanSusan Dutra, event coordinator, Megan Foker, Susan Blaisdell and Mia DeanTracy Thomas, Sharon Peusner, Rochelle SiegristWW&S representative Kim Miller, April Danz, Harper McDonaldXiao Ma, Linian Chou, Emma Xiang and Zhan YangAllison Dietrich and Noelle AloeAngela Allen, Pam Lee and Pam GriffithApril Danz, Harper McDonald and Allyson DietrichCharisse Tolleson and Leigh RepstadCynthia Juarez and Julie DalmauDebra Whitehouse and Mia DeanDSC08837DSC08841Elluise Dickerson, City of Hope, Vivian Thatcher, City of Hope, Martha Valenzuela, City of Hope and Rita Milostan, Wells FargoFriends of Foothill Christine Chorba, Julietta Perez and Board Member Anita LawlerJessica Forero and Angela MagalhaesJohn Spock and Stacy McCulloughKyong Ra and Rosa ChalekianLeslie Merino and Julie GoodmanMabell Paine, Beatrice Usher, Carie Salter, Lily Lee and Stephanie McLemoreMary Ann Dutra and Susan RogersMike Morey and Joan HettMiShawn WilliamsPage Malloy and Sally MannParnia Pajand and Jessica CurrandRobert Simon, Debbie Agajanian and Sheryl BernardoSara Gaspard and Rayann ScolnickSisters Cathryn Rideau and Joan Hett

Article and Photography by RACHEL YOUNG

6:45 am | October 24, 2013

The first ever Pasadena Wine Women & Shoes event benefiting Foothill Family Services delighted 150 women of all ages with shopping, wine sipping and munching savory delights over conversation at the Maxwell House on Wednesday.

“Sole Men” from Braun Fitness served shoes on silver platters while mingling among the women. Three men also served as shoe judges with the difficult task of selecting the best-worn shoe of the evening.

“It’s a great turn our with people ranging the age gamut. There’s interacting with young and old and there’s good food too. We’re amazed,” event attendees Mary Ann Dutra and Susan Rogers said who were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Bringing Napa Valley to Pasadena, Wine Women & Shoes chose Foothill Family Services as its charity of choice in the eastern Los Angeles area. The national event helps charities fundraise all over the country in unique style with feminine soul.

The well connected April Danz made the event possible, suggesting Foothill Family Services to Kim Miller who wanted to bring Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S) to this area.

“I knew funding had just been cut for Foothill and they were trying to find more income, they needed and it’s such a great cause, so I felt good about sending [WW&S] to Foothill first. I was surprised they ended up doing it this year, six months later,” Danz said.

Wine, Women & Shoes, now in over 40 cities, provides half the event by bringing the wine from Napa and Sonoma Valley as well as all the planning and coordinating. A female vintner with her own wine label in Napa Valley dreamt up the event.

“No one was doing something fun and high energy for women where wineries could really engage a female audience to showcase their wines. She wanted to bridge wine tasting and fun with philanthropy and here we are,” Miller said who helps plan these events all over the country.

Miller described WW&S as the NFL of women’s charity events with the charities being the teams. Their goal is to help every charity get to the super bowl in the first year by exceeding their fundraising expectations.

“Foothill was the first one I called and it was a done deal, the stars were aligned. I really have April to thank because she was the conduit and the reason we found Foothill. Most of our charities are family oriented and grassroots causes in the community. As women we love supporting many causes from environment to animal to cancer, but it’s the little causes like this that we help the most and why our platform is successful,” Miller said.

This fabulous girls night out benefited Foothill Family Service, a nonprofit community based agency that services over 22,000 children youth and families annually throughout the San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys as well as Burbank and Glendale. Foothill Family Service provides high quality mental health, educational and social services to meet emerging needs of ethnically diverse, low-income, at-risk infants, children, teens, adults and families.

Look for the fun event to return next year with even more event elements that will wow women. For more information visit www.foothillfamily.org and www.winewomenandshoes.com.