Rancho Santa Fe PR 2013 (Pre-Event)



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The second annual Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser benefiting Voices for Children will be held the afternoon of May 11, from 2-5 p.m., at Lucky Jack Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, the equestrian facility of Patricia and Marc Brutten. As the name suggests, the event includes a festive atmosphere of fashion, fine wine, and good cheer. All event proceeds and a portion of retail sales benefit Voices for Children, San Diego County’s only agency designated by the Juvenile Court to provide volunteer advocates to foster youth.

Tickets: $175; Girlfriend Package (four tickets): $650  Contact: Rebecca Reyes, 858-598-2232 or rebeccar@speakupnow.org 

Organized by Voices for Children and event co-chairs Patricia Brutten, Becca Craig, Gina Ellis, Claire Ellison, Marina Marrelli, and Cissy Wolfe, the Mother’s Day weekend fundraiser caters to women but does not exclude men. The 2013 event will again boast a glamorous fashion show and marketplace, premium wines, delectable bites, a live auction and opportunity drawing, trunk shows, and the Shoe Guys, who’ll be mingling through the crowd with the latest shoe styles on silver platters.

This year, attendees can double their philanthropic contributions thanks to an anonymous donor who has pledged to match all new and increased gifts to Voices for Children through June 30 — up to $500,000. Thus, all qualifying gifts made to Wine, Women & Shoes will be multiplied.

“Wine, Women & Shoes is for women who love fashion, drinking wine, spending time with their girlfriends, and supporting great causes,” said Patricia Brutten, who noted that “Fund a CASA” is a bestselling auction item. “It’s very moving to be there and witness all the generosity from women in this community.”

Other live auction highlights include a “key to the closet,” featuring beautiful handbags, clothes, accessories, and shoes; a trip for six to Napa Valley, an M Missoni dress, and an instant cellar, featuring more than 20 bottles of wine. An opportunity drawing will also be held for a chance to win a day spa package.

The fashion show will feature fashion lines brought in by stylist Kristi Brooks, including M Missioni, C. Wonder, Ted Baker, and Karen Millen. Both male and female models will be outfitted with the latest spring styles.

Wine, Women & Shoes has produced more than 120 events nationally for various women’s and family-related causes. Last year’s event benefiting Voices for Children netted more than $113,000 for its CASA program.

For more information, including ticket sales and future sponsorship opportunities, visit www.winewomenandshoes.com/voicesforchildren or contact Jill Jones Mason at 858-598-2222 or JillJ@speakupnow.org.

Marketplace retail partners include Morton & Hudson, Julez by Julez Bryant, Double Happiness, Neck Art by Judy Keys, Jill Courtemanche Millinery, Del Mar Kids/The Back Room, Kerut, Sweet Paper, Margaux Lange/Kate Cusack, Flowerchild, C. Wonder, Bonfaire, and M Missoni.

Food vendors include Venissimo Cheese, Crush, Giuseppe Catering, Continental Catering, The Cookie Sandwich Company, The West Bean Coffee Company, and Cupcakes Squared. Winery partners include Bespoke Collection, Hope & Grace, Le Grande Courtage, Bubbles, Tres Sabores, Mason Cellars, O Wines, Justin, G Wines, Amberhill/Raymond, and Barrymore Winery, owned by Drew Barrymore, who has created a Pinot Grigio in honor of her family.