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WINE, WOMEN & SHOES PACKS SECOND HARVEST’S PANTRY. ogle. Some were worn by the guests themselves, and there was a “best in shoe” competition that was won by Wendy Wallenberg. She was awarded a bottle of wine and called on stage to take a star turn in her absolutely stunning peep-toe, oversized-bow, mirrored-gunmetal and sequin-heeled Miu Miu Mary Jane platforms by Prada. The ladies bid on silent auction packages, such as a VIP tour of Universal Orlando, a Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort stay or a Marriott Grande Pines Golf Club golf outing. To top off the night, models strutted the runway in a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show — orchestrated by Orlando Life’s very own Marianne Ilunga — showing off 25 different ensembles ranging from all-white to beach wear to evening wear.



talk about a door prize! The third annual Wine,

Women & Shoes drew hundreds of winesipping, hors d’oeuvre-munching, shoe-loving women to SeaWorld’s Ports of Call. The door prize was a closet filled with $6,600 worth of merchandise. More than 100 keys were sold — one of which opened the closet door. Lucky Hollie Rose drew the winning key. Her loot included purses and handbags from Saks, Bella, Vera Bradley, Dede’s Shoe Salon, Sophie & Trey; cosmetics from Paula Lopez, Thirty-One and Essence Salon; sandals and accessories from Brighton; a DeVane hand-painted vase; a Coralia Leets Moonstone Drusy necklace; and a bright green “Cruiser” bike from Regions Bank, among other goodies. Good thing she didn’t turn up in a Smart Car. The third annual version of the always-lively charity event raised more than $85,000 — which translates into 340,000 meals for hungry families assisted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Guests shopped at nine vendor stations outlining the room while enjoying delicious food and such wine options as Biagio Prosecco, Roth Chardonnay and Hahn Pinot Noir. Vendors included Bibby’s Jewelry & Accessories, Merle Norman Boutique and Wearable Art by Scott Laurent. There were, as always, plenty of shoes, glorious shoes. Some were carried about on silver platters for everyone to

The third annual Wine, Women & Shoes raised more than $85,000 for Central Florida’s Second Harvest Food Bank.



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1. Ashley, Ivanny and Shaylin Rodriguez, with their parents, Omayra and David Rodriguez 2. Blaine and Rebecca Sweatt, Sonja and Tony Nicholson 3. Tom and Jayne Sittema 4. Shelly and Philip Rich, flanked by their daughters Adrienne and Rachel 5. Amilee Kalapp with her children Ethan, Lane and Liam



It was a routine traffic stop for 38-year-old Florida Highway patrol officer David Rodriguez. But a distracted driver spun out on the morning of Jan. 26, 2012, and crashed into Rodriguez as he was sitting on his motorcycle on a highway shoulder near Orlando International Airport. More than 700 guests gathered in early May at The Mall at Millenia to celebrate the fact that Rodriguez got the care he needed to save his life — and mend his shattered shoulder, arm and pelvis — thanks to Orlando Regional Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center. The event was the 8th annual One Night gala benefiting the center. As is the tradition, we were treated not only to a lovely dinner — from the seared salmon medallions to the orange saffron tarts — but to an inspirational tale of survival, in this case that of Officer Rodriguez. Twenty-nine tables were bought by Central Florida businesses and organizations. Among them: the Orlando Utilities Commission, UCF Alumni Association and WFTV Channel 9. Donors included the Demetree Family Foundation, the Emergency Physicians of Central Florida and ever-loyal Harriett Lake. Champagne was served as guests made their way around ORLANDO-LIFE.COM


5. the silent auction, which featured a private jet ride to Palm Beach, a U Autologous Skincare Treatment and a stay at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. Fundraisers such as One Night help support the trauma center, which is estimated to cost more than $18 million a year to operate. ORLANDO LIFE



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3. 1. Michael van Gelder, Angela Bell-Deems, Phil Deems 2. Kathy Lopus, Chris and Doug Gearity 3. JoAnn Newman, Dennis Lind and Karen Wilson-Lind 4. Scott Wilson, Lynn and Joe Conte

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There were no school bells ringing, no diplomas being handed out. But those of us who attended the 2013 Science of Wine fundraiser at the Orlando Science Center came away with quite an education. The sold-out event drew 700 oenophiles and science lovers to roam through the beautiful facility, sample wines, cheeses and other delights, and learn a thing or two in the process. “Education Partners” from Tim’s Wine Market were stationed throughout to deliver impromptu lectures — and delightful samples — about wine, fabulous wine. We were all great students, nary a dropout in the bunch, as we grazed and sipped and learned about the building blocks that create a wine (acids and tannins) and the differences between light- and full-bodied wines. Thanks for all the great info Tim Varan, Craig Lopus, Steve Butler, Kelly and David Shephard, and John Kiser! And thanks to Luis Torres, of the Constellation Academy 40


of Wine, for a great talk on how to pair wines with cheeses. In between all that learning we feasted on samples from such local eateries as Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Hawker’s Asian Street Fare, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Taverna Opa, SoNapa Grille and The Palm. n


Using your mobile device, scan the QR code or go to and see more pictures and stories from these and other events held throughout Central Florida. Native Floridian Paula Wyatt is an Orlando event planner, socialmedia expert and entrepreneur whose companies include Posh Able Events, Posh Able Image Builders and the nonprofit Posh Abilities. You can reach her at JULY 2013

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