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Sinfonia Gulf Coast raised $540,000 during event series

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MIRAMAR BEACH - Nearly 1,500 people went “mad as hatters” all along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast during Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s 5th annual Wine Women & Shoes fundraising event series.

The fifth annual charity extravaganza, lead by Sinfonia Gulf Coast Director of Operations & Events Elaine Tucker and co-chaired by Demetria McNeese and Velia Lala, celebrated wine, fashion, food and fun, according to a press release.

The events benefited Sinfonia Gulf Coast, a non-profit orchestra on the Emerald Coast founded in 2005 by music and artistic director Demetrius Fuller.

The most successful series yet, each event was either sold out or nearly at capacity, the release said. When all of the ticket sales, donations, raffle entries, silent auction bids and paddle raise pledges were tallied, $540 thousand was raised to benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs.

“The continued success of Sinfonia’s Wine Women & Shoes series of events is a direct reflection of the amazingly generous community of patrons, sponsors, volunteers, vintners, chefs and retailers that come together to help support our mission in the community,“ said Demetrius Fuller, Sinfonia Gulf Coast music director.

“Wine Women & Shoes has enabled Sinfonia Gulf Coast to expand the capacity of its music education initiatives throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties by over 400 percent since 2013,” she continued.

The playful theme was announced at a fall garden party at Clay Garden & Gifts in South Walton and the event kicked off with a Sole Sister Lunch & Fashion Preview at Bijoux in Miramar Beach in January, the release said.

On February 17-19, guests played into the Mad Hatter’s Garden Party theme by arriving at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa wearing not only their finest shoes, but also sporting festive hats and fascinators. The hotel’s ballroom level was transformed into an Alice in Wonderland fairytale world filled with curious wonder, the release said. 

The sole mates stepped up to give Debbie Landers the “Best in Shoe” award. And, in keeping with the “Mad Hatter” theme, the Wine Women & Shoes committee gave the nod to Julia Holmes who won “Best Hat.”

The Sole Sister Society, an honorary committee of Wine Women & Shoes that supports Sinfonia Gulf Coast, welcomed several new members this year, who each donated $500 to join. As part of their membership, they were treated to several Wine Women & Shoes events including an exclusive first-ever designer party to preview the new spring line of Jimmy Choo shoes and accessories.

On March 1, Jimmy Choo associates from New York, Las Vegas and Altanta traveled to the Emerald Coast to recreate a Jimmy Choo boutique in a private waterfront home in Destin. About 50 Sole Sister Society members sipped Ancien wines and light bites by Roux 30A in between trying on the latest shoes of the 2017 season. Jimmy Choo donated a portion of the sales proceeds to Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

Wine Women & Shoes was made possible by the generous support of local businesses including the following presenting sponsors: Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates of Merrill Lynch, The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Cox Communications, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and Visit South Walton, the release said.


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