Chicago Readers, Mark Your Calendars for the Wine, Women & Shoes Benefit Oct. 1

If you live in the Chicago area, get ready for this exciting event for a great cause!  Fun, fashion and fine wine returns with the fourth annual Wine, Women & Shoes benefit on Oct. 1, hosted by the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. This event includes some of the best boutiques with some amazing vino.

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago

Tickets: ($85 – $125) available at

Support UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival initiative as you 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 delicious 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.

· Raffle and silent auction, featuring designer apparel, international travel and luxury items. Raffle tickets will be sold by volunteer Sole Men mingling with attendees.

· The gorgeous event styling of Kehoe Designs, who will transform a 7,000-square-feet space in the River East Art Center.

You might even run into special guests Steven Rosengard, Designer, Season 4, Bravo’s Project Runway and Nicole Williams of WORKS by Nicole Williams, career expert and best-selling author.

At last year’s Wine, Women & Shoes, 700 guests raised $123,000 (net) for UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival initiative.

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.

For more event information, call 312-222-8900 or visit

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