By Heather Frank
hat do a sauvignon blanc and a silver stiletto have in common? Which platform pump pairs perfectly with a pinot noir? Bakersfield’s most fashionable philanthropists and socialites alike will soon find out when they put their best foot forward at the fourth annual Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser on Oct. 4, hosted by CASA of Kern County at the home of Jay and Divisha Patel in Seven Oaks. Charming “shoe guys” will tempt guests with the season’s must-have trends in shoes and accessories on silver platters. Shops, including local favorites Butterfly Rock, KMA Sunglasses, and Macy’s, will showcase and sell spectacular merchandise from heels to handbags. National favorites are not to be missed during this shopping experience include Giuseppe Zanotti and Casadei by Carmel by the Sea, Hammitt by Susie O’s Handbags, Handcrafted by Nishima and Good Morning America favorite Rustic Cuff. Selected wineries from Napa to Paso Robles will pour signature blends and vintages before guests take their seats for a runway fashion show. Twenty percent of each marketplace purchase will benefit CASA programs in Kern County. Live and silent auctions will round out the festivities. Now in its 10th anniversary year, Wine, Women & Shoes is a fast growing wine tasting luxury fundraiser created by a
group of women in Napa Valley. The fundraiser benefits CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County, which has served abused and neglected children locally since 1994. The program matches foster children with trained advocates. “CASA volunteers dedicate over 11,000 hours of volunteer time annually,” said Colleen McGauley, CASA executive director. “What is significant about these hours is that they focus on the youth, overseeing their strengths and weaknesses, while keeping a long-term vision of ‘family’ alive.” CASA volunteer Amber Dixon volunteered to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. She said CASA and the children made a great impression on her life. “Being a CASA volunteer you learn just how resilient children are, and it really changes the way you see the world,” Dixon said. CASA volunteer Cholli Williams called the program, “the worthiest of causes.” “(CASA) connects humans with the hope that a life can be forever altered because someone just took the time,” Williams said, So slip on your stilettos and raise your glass of chardonnay for a fabulous cause. — Heather Frank is the event chairwoman for Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting CASA of Kern County.
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