Wine, Women & Shoes 2009

Sponsors of the event on October 1 invite fashionistas and wine lovers to support a life-saving cause -- UNICEF's Accelerated Child Survival initiative -- as they enjoy:
  • Shopping for designer shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories from some of the nation's hottest boutiques: Aberle, Akira, Angeleigh Anastasio, Gypsy Global Chic, Lisa Mackey Design, Lori's Shoes and Shirise. 20% of the evening's proceeds will benefit UNICEF.
  • Sampling gourmet sandwiches prepared by Chef Thaddeus Barton of Events by Blue Plate,, and wines from six of the country's finest vintners: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Gabrielle Collection, Martellotto Wines, New Age, Schweiger Vineyards and Two Angels. Full glasses of wine have been donated by local store Arista Foods.
  • Trying their luck in a raffle and silent auction, featuring designer apparel, international travel and luxury items.
  • "This year's Wine, Women & Shoes is going to be bigger and better than ever," said Casey Marsh, director of the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF "All proceeds benefit UNICEF's Accelerated Child Survival program which works to decrease child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa and is one of the many ways that UNICEF is working to reduce the number of preventable deaths of children each day from 25,000 to zero."

  • Notable guests expected to attend include designer Steven Rosengard of Bravo's Project Runway Season 4 and Nicole Williams of WORKS by Nicole Williams, career expert and best-selling author.
  • The raffle and silent auctions feature trips to Buenos Aires, Sydney and Napa, amazing local getaways featuring fabulous hotel stays and restaurants, one-of-a-kind artwork, rejuvenating spa packages and of course, a plethora of fine jewelry, handbags, accessories and shoes.
  • Co-chairs of Wine, Women & Shoes 2009 are Judy Fitzgerald of OUR BIG SPLASH LLC and Camille Julmy of U.S. Equities Realty LLC. Maggie Daley returns as this year's Honorary Chair.
  • At last year's Wine, Women & Shoes, 700 guests raised $123,000 (net) for UNICEF's Accelerated Child Survival initiative, a program that helps to reduce the number of children who die each day of preventable causes from 25,000 to zero. Proceeds from this year's event will again benefit UNICEF's Accelerated Child Survival.
  • Tickets are $85 (general admission) or $125 (Supporter level, includes a special gift and listing in the program). For tickets and information, call 312.222.8900 or visit

    About the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

    UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.

    Despite extraordinary progress, 25,000 children still die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit

    The Midwest is one of five regional offices in the U.S. and serves twelve states.

    About UNICEF's Accelerated Child Survival Initiative

    Proceeds from Wine, Women & Shoes will benefit UNICEF's Accelerated Child Survival Initiative (ACS) in 25 sub-Saharan African countries. UNICEF's ACS Program goes beyond previous notions of what is possible, aiming to save 3.2 million children and build healthcare delivery systems in 25 countries. To date, the Midwest Region has raised $5 million towards a campaign goal of $6.5 million by 2010 to support UNICEF's ACS

    Wine, Women & Shoes
    Hosted by ABC 7's Sarah Schulte

    Thursday, Oct. 1

    6 - 9:30 p.m.

    River East Art Center

    435 E. Illinois St., Chicago

    Tickets: $85 - $125


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