Wine Girls & Footwear goes digital to proceed supporting these in want
By Elizabeth Scinta
Photographs from 2019 occasion by Tim Valentino, 2020 occasion by Andrea Hutchinson
Since 2014, Wine Girls & Footwear has raised over $2.2 million for single mother and father to assist present housing, schooling and different assets to those who have skilled home violence, poverty and unstable housing. From this fundraiser, 575 school levels have been earned, 63 properties have been bought and 52 kids of this system’s individuals are pursuing post-secondary schooling, all because of Household Scholar Home and the arduous work they’ve put in via the years. This yr, Wine Girls & Footwear will happen just about on March 5 from 6:45 to eight p.m.
“Our initiatives are centered on applications and companies to handle not solely the short-term wants of individuals in disaster but in addition on increasing academic and apprenticeship alternatives, which have turn out to be much more vital with the continued results of COVID-19,” mentioned Director of Mission Development Kellie Johnston Moore. “Since March of final yr, now we have skilled a 325% enhance in requests for help, notably from newly unemployed people who find themselves looking for retraining in layoff-proof careers that result in a livable wage. Now, greater than ever, we’re excited to ship artistic, new initiatives to assist these in want attain self-sufficiency via schooling.”
Household Scholar Home’s mission is “to finish the cycle of poverty and rework our neighborhood by empowering households and youth to reach schooling and obtain life-long self-sufficiency,” in response to their web site. Wine Girls & Footwear is their largest annual fundraiser sponsored by GE Home equipment and this yr is co-chaired by Terri Bass of Lenihan Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty and Cynthia Fanning of GE Home equipment.
“Whereas Wine Girls & Footwear’ Digital Social gathering will look a lot totally different than our in-person occasion, viewers can nonetheless anticipate a night of wine, trend, enjoyable and Shoe Guys. This yr’s occasion will supply the chance to take part with simply your interior circle or to mingle, store and sip wines at your very personal Wine Girls & Footwear Home Social gathering with your mates when you select,” mentioned Cathe Dykstra, Chief Chance Officer, President & CEO of Household Scholar Home. “Both means, we’ll present all the things you want for a enjoyable night whereas supporting Household Scholar Home. Social gathering Packs might be delivered to digital attendees and can embody unique WW&S collector glasses, wine, swag baggage, occasion applications, meals and one-of-a-kind WW&S face masks. Don’t fear, this yr’s occasion will nonetheless embody the ever-popular Shoe Man dance!”
There might be a silent public sale starting on Feb. 18 and dwell auctions through the digital occasion on March 5. With an emphasis on native companies this yr in the entire auctions, the winner of the “Key to the Vault” raffle drawing will win a $10,000 buying spree to Merkley Kendrick Jewelers co-sponsored by Churchill Downs and Merkley Kendrick Jewelers. The Key to the Vault raffle tickets are $100, and solely 200 might be bought, so make certain to go to the Wine Girls & Footwear web site right now to buy yours earlier than they promote out! One other public sale merchandise comes from Cafe Home equipment with the possibility to win your dream kitchen home equipment in your selection of colour and end. Raffle tickets are $100, and there are solely 200 out there. Join right now for an opportunity to win at familyscholarhouse.ejoinme.org/dreamkitchen.
“This all the time sold-out occasion has turn out to be a ‘must-attend’ occasion in Louisville. Voted Greatest Trend Present and Greatest Ladies’ Night time Out in previous years, it actually is one occasion that our supporters are most excited to attend, typically making their reservations months prematurely to make sure they aren’t disregarded,” mentioned Dykstra. “What I hear most frequently is how a lot our visitors get pleasure from a particular night of being entertained and spoiled whereas benefiting the vital work we do to elevate up different girls to allow them to succeed and turn out to be neighborhood leaders.”
In 2020, Household Scholar Home needed to discover ways to adapt to the digital setting taking up the workforce. They launched their Response Middle in January 2020, which made all teaching and advocacy out there on-line and allowed them to proceed to serve the neighborhood safely. In 2021, there might be extra companies out there on the Useful resource Middle with an goal to succeed in out to extra folks in Kentucky and probably enterprise into different states as properly, in response to Dykstra.
Household Scholar Home has given so many individuals an opportunity to thrive on this world and contact the lives of these round them because of the funds they’ve raised and their implausible staff. Wine Girls & Footwear Co-chair Terri Bass of Lenihan Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty shared, “My mother-in-law has been fairly ailing. She survived COVID-19 however has been left with broken lungs. We’ve been blessed to have a beautiful doctor that has turn out to be ‘household’ through the years, Gerontologist Dr. Carmel Particular person. We really refer to one another as sisters and he or she claims my husband Steven as her brother! I used to be speaking along with her about Wine Girls & Footwear once we have been consulting on my mother-in-law’s care. She then instructed me that one in all her favourite Nurse Practitioners who works in her follow is a FSH graduate! How particular is that? I’m very grateful for FSH and the influence it has on our neighborhood.”
Bass and Fanning have been working arduous to make this new model of Wine Girls & Footwear as enjoyable because it has been in years previous, however with some new twists and turns. “WW&S is one in all my favourite occasions of the yr and so I all the time stay up for it!” mentioned Fanning. “Who wouldn’t stay up for having some enjoyable with fantastic girls for a very good trigger? What’s so thrilling about this yr is that, whereas this occasion might be digital, it’s going to even have some surprising surprises and really skilled manufacturing to associate with it.” Reserve your ticket right now for an at-home, fun-filled digital occasion benefitting Household Scholar Home that you simply received’t wish to miss!
Wine Girls & Footwear
March 5, 6:45 – 8 p.m.
Household Scholar Home