Nearly 500 of Miamiâ€™s most philanthropic and fashion-forward ladies gathered to celebrate the 3rdÂ Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) presented by Roger Vivier Paris benefiting the children and families at Miami Childrenâ€™s Hospital. The sold-out event raised nearly half a million dollars for Miami Childrenâ€™s Hospital and its world-class pediatric healthcare.Â â€œIt was inspiring to see so many women showing their support for our children and families, while having a wonderful time enjoying fashion and friendship,â€œ said Lucy Morillo Esq., President & CEO, of Miami Childrenâ€™s Health Foundation.
This yearâ€™s event was even more special, as Roger Vivier Paris, the fashion house credited with the design of the first stiletto heel, served as presenting sponsor. Guests were treated to a fashion show presented by U by Kotex with fashions from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and a creative shoe contest. The ladies also enjoyed delectable wine tasting sponsored by Premier Beverage, a one-of-a-kind silent auction, and a delicious lunch. Â â€œThis has been our most successful Wine, Women & Shoes event thus far,â€ said Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel, this yearâ€™s co-chairs. â€œWe are very proud of the hard work of our committee members and the support we received from the Hospital and Foundation board during the year.â€
One of the most unique aspects of the afternoon was the participation of the â€œShoe Guys,â€ who displayed the latest in womenâ€™s fashion on silver platters for everyoneâ€™s enjoyment. Also, the glamorous Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard proudly served as this yearâ€™s Mistress of Ceremonies. But the highlight of the luncheon was the moving story of Harrison, a 12-year-old whose life was saved by Miami Childrenâ€™s Hospital Emergency Department and the talented staff of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Harrison and his mother, Diane Breslow were in attendance and shared with the audience their experience, including a video testimonial featuring interviews with some of the doctors who saved his life. â€œAs a parent you donâ€™t really imagine anything like this happening to you. Harrison was perfectly healthy one day, and the next; we had no idea what was wrong with him,â€ said Diane during the presentation. â€œOn behalf of my entire family, I want to thank everyone who has donated to this wonderful cause for making a difference not just in my sonâ€™s life, but also in every patientâ€™s life who walks through the doors of Miami Childrenâ€™s Hospital.â€