Wine, Women and Shoes: Event proceeds to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

The ninth annual Wine, Women and Shoes of Orlando event will be Saturday, April 13, from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Second Harvest is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 local nonprofit feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

At the event, attendees will be treated to delicious food and wines, shopping from local and national boutiques as well as a fashion show. One lucky guest will win a dream closet of designer handbags, accessories, clothes and more – in the signature Key to the Closet drawing. All proceeds from Wine Women & Shoes benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s mission to fight hunger in our community.

Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 58 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Café.

“We are feeding about 53 thousand a day,” said Maureen Mikel, developing manager of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, “through 550 local nonprofit feeding partners in six counties across Central Florida. Last year, we provided 1.5 million meals through Wine, Women and Shoes.”

The event includes 12-14 boutiques, 7 wine vendors from Sonoma and Napa Valley, surprise entertainment, auctions, fashion show and a key to the closet chance drawing. Wine, Women and Shoes is the main fundraiser of the year for the Second Harvest Food Bank, 25 percent of the proceeds of the marketplace go to the organization.

Proceeding the fundraiser, Second Harvest Food Bank kicks in their Summer Hope for Kids program. During the school year, children are given reduced breakfast and lunch by the school system, yet they may not have anything to eat after school or on the weekends.

“We provide Kids Café meal for dinner and Hi-Five Kids Pack on the weekend,” said Mikel, “but in the summer they are not getting that breakfast and lunch because school is out. Most people believe holidays is the season with the most need, for these kids, that season is summer. A big chunk of our fundraiser goes to make sure that those kids have something to eat during the summer, and their families as well.”

Proceeds from each event ticket sold supports the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s effort to fight hunger in our community. Tickets are available online through www.wwsorlando.org or www.feedhope now.org. Tickets are $125 each for general admission and $225 for VIP (early access to the event, VIP swap bag, specialty cocktail and valet parking service).

Second Harvest Mission: To create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community.