People & Places: Wine Women Shoes event celebrates YWCA Tulsa's 99 years
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 at 4:29 AM
Wine Women Shoes is celebrating YWCA Tulsa's 99 years of advocating for wellness, wealth and education in its seventh edition of the popular weekend event that will be held March 1 and 2 in the Grand Ballroom at the Tulsa Convention Center.
At 6:30 p.m. March 1, the fashion and wine event will feature vintners from around the country pouring their best wines while patrons sample hors d'oeuvres.
The evening will culminate with a gourmet dinner, wine service and a live auction.
The event is for donors of $1,500 or more. Dress is '60s chic cocktail attire, plus your sassiest shoes (you too, men).
A lucky man and lady will win "best in shoe." Julie Chin will be the emcee, and auctioneer Karen Sorbo will lead the bidding on vacations, dinners, wine and fashions. Valet parking will be available.
Vintners include (California) B.R. Cohn, Ca' Momi, The Divining Rod, Ferrari Carano, Hahn, Justin, Miner Family Vineyards, Odisea Wine Company, Opolo Vineyards, Peju Family Estate Wines and Tess Wines; (Oklahoma) Girouard Vines and Summerside Vineyards; (Oregon) King Estate; and (Washington) Charles Smith, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Secco Itallian Bubbles.
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 2, the signature event draws women of all ages who gather for a day of shopping, wine tasting, lunch and a fashion show. Niche national retailers offer Tulsa women the chance to buy luxury and privately marketed items unavailable in local shops. Attire is '60s chic plus your sassiest shoes.
Get a group of four to eight ladies together for a girlfriend package that includes a limo ride and mimosas. Buy a "key to the closet" raffle ticket for a chance to win more than $10,000 in items that are donated by area retailers. Sharon King Davis will be the emcee.
Participating retailers include Artemis Boots, Black Optical, Blackstone Shoes, Bonfaire, Cosmodora Jewelry, Fleet Feet, J. Cole Shoes, Jenna Doughton, Lisa Mackey Jewelry, Moxie Shoes, Nihsima Jewelry, Paolo Shoes, Posh, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shoe Gypsy and Via Vandi.
Julie and John Nickel are honorary chairs.
Power heels fundraising committee members include Susan Cravens, Beth Downing, Ann Farrow, Heidi Hartman, Amy Henry, Barb Hess, Carmella Hill, Kate Hoback, Beth Horton, Paula Huck, Lynn Jones, Angela Kouplen, Marlene Livaudais, Chrissy Montgomery Taylor, Jane Mudgett and Lucinda Rojas Ross.
Planning committee members include Melissa Baker, Kimberly Buckner, Andra Garner, Taylor Hull, Andrea Keiholz, Cat Lenhart, Denise Marshall, Meredith McDaris, Janet McGehee, Cindy Marshall, Marylee Robinson, Lindsey Rogers, Amy Sanders, Shannon Schroeder, Mana Tahaie, Dustin Thames and Georgenia Van Tuyl.
People and corporations helping sponsor the event include Diamond stilettos sponsors Bama Companies, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and Janet McGehee.
Platinum pumps sponsors include Julie and John Nickel.
Gold heels sponsors include Bryan Close.
Silver slippers sponsors include Bank of Oklahoma, Billie and Howard Barnett, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Compression Solutions, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Kristie and John Gibson, Darcey and Joe Moran, Sandra and David Pease, Sisk Charitable Trust, Stevens Foundation, Kate Thomas, Tulsa Shock, WPX Energy, and Williams Cos.
Pewter slingbacks sponsors include Sharon King Davis, Paula Bryant-Ellis and Wendall Ellis, GableGotwals, Hardesty Foundation, Indian Healthcare Resource Center, Plan Benefit Analysts, Senior Star Living, and Charles and Peggy Stephenson.
Cooper flats sponsors include Susie Collins, Felicia and Peter Correia, Susan and John Cravens, Fabricut, Barbara Hess, High Tech Resources, Lynn Jones, Nancy and Peter Meinig, Sandra and Robert Norman, Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, Jennifer and Tom Palmer, Tri-Arch, and University of Tulsa.
Media Sponsors include KOKI-channel 23, La Semana, Mix96, Lamar and Tulsa People.
Sponsorships start at $1,500, and individual tickets for the signature luncheon are $100.
For reservations, to to tulsaworld.com/wwstulsa, or call 918-587-2100.
For 99 years, YWCA Tulsa has worked to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity by advocating success through wellness, wealth and education. More than 20,000 people of all ages are served each year through health and wellness programs, immigrant and refugee services, women's empowerment, and racial justice initiatives.
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Felicia Collins Correia (left), Janet McGehee, Julie Nickel and John Nickel (right) gather at the YWCA building in downtown Tulsa to prepare for Wine Women Shoes events on March 1 and 2. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World