Wine Girls & Sneakers goes digital to proceed supporting these in want
By Elizabeth Scinta
Pictures from 2019 occasion by Tim Valentino, 2020 occasion by Andrea Hutchinson
Since 2014, Wine Girls & Sneakers has raised over $2.2 million for single mother and father to assist present housing, schooling and different sources to people who have skilled home violence, poverty and unstable housing. From this fundraiser, 575 faculty levels have been earned, 63 houses have been bought and 52 kids of this system’s individuals are pursuing post-secondary schooling, all because of Household Scholar Home and the laborious work they’ve put in by means of the years. This yr, Wine Girls & Sneakers will happen just about on March 5 from 6:45 to eight p.m.
“Our initiatives are centered on applications and providers to handle not solely the short-term wants of individuals in disaster but additionally on increasing instructional and apprenticeship alternatives, which have change into much more vital with the continuing results of COVID-19,” stated Director of Mission Development Kellie Johnston Moore. “Since March of final yr, now we have skilled a 325% improve 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 by means of schooling.”
Household Scholar Home’s mission is “to finish the cycle of poverty and remodel our neighborhood by empowering households and youth to achieve schooling and obtain life-long self-sufficiency,” in keeping with their web site. Wine Girls & Sneakers 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 & Sneakers’ Digital Celebration will look a lot completely different than our in-person occasion, viewers can nonetheless anticipate a night of wine, style, enjoyable and Shoe Guys. This yr’s occasion will supply the chance to take part with simply your inside circle or to mingle, store and sip wines at your very personal Wine Girls & Sneakers Home Celebration with your mates if you happen to select,” stated Cathe Dykstra, Chief Risk Officer, President & CEO of Household Scholar Home. “Both manner, we are going to present every little thing you want for a enjoyable night whereas supporting Household Scholar Home. Celebration Packs will likely be delivered to digital attendees and can embrace 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 embrace the ever-popular Shoe Man dance!”
There will likely be a silent public sale starting on Feb. 18 and reside 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 purchasing 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 will likely be bought, so make sure that to go to the Wine Girls & Sneakers web site as we speak to buy yours earlier than they promote out! One other public sale merchandise comes from Cafe Home equipment with the prospect 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. Enroll as we speak for an opportunity to win at familyscholarhouse.ejoinme.org/dreamkitchen.
“This at all times sold-out occasion has change into a ‘must-attend’ occasion in Louisville. Voted Finest Trend Present and Finest Women’ Night time Out in previous years, it really is one occasion that our supporters are most excited to attend, usually making their reservations months upfront to make sure they aren’t ignored,” stated Dykstra. “What I hear most frequently is how a lot our friends get pleasure from a particular night of being entertained and spoiled whereas benefiting the vital work we do to raise up different girls to allow them to succeed and change into neighborhood leaders.”
In 2020, Household Scholar Home needed to discover ways to adapt to the digital setting taking on the workforce. They launched their Response Heart 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 will likely be extra providers out there on the Useful resource Heart with an intention to achieve out to extra folks in Kentucky and presumably enterprise into different states as effectively, in keeping with 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 workforce. Wine Girls & Sneakers 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 an exquisite doctor that has change into ‘household’ over time, Gerontologist Dr. Carmel Individual. We truly refer to one another as sisters and she or he claims my husband Steven as her brother! I used to be speaking along with her about Wine Girls & Sneakers once we have been consulting on my mother-in-law’s care. She then informed me that certainly one of her favourite Nurse Practitioners who works in her observe 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 laborious to make this new model of Wine Girls & Sneakers as enjoyable because it has been in years previous, however with some new twists and turns. “WW&S is certainly one of my favourite occasions of the yr and so I at all times look ahead to it!” stated Fanning. “Who wouldn’t look ahead to having some enjoyable with fantastic girls for a superb trigger? What’s so thrilling about this yr is that, whereas this occasion will likely be digital, it’ll even have some surprising surprises and really skilled manufacturing to go together with it.” Reserve your ticket as we speak for an at-home, fun-filled digital celebration benefitting Household Scholar Home that you simply received’t need to miss!
Wine Girls & Sneakers
March 5, 6:45 – 8 p.m.
Household Scholar Home