It was “All Divas on Deck” as the 1st annual Heeling Diabetes Shoenista Auction kicked off its charitable event at Shula’s Atlanta, and I must say it was definitely one to remember. The Heeling Diabetes Shoenista Auction is a shoe and accessory silent auction benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation which is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. Guests were educated on the efforts that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has made to help find a cure for this devastating disease; as well some guests shared their personal experiences and how they’ve coped with diabetes in theirs and their families lives.
The Shoenistas were out in full force to bid on a smorgasbord of womens shoe styles that would send anyone to the nearest asylum if faced with the decision to choose just one pair. It was an amazing evening of fun, food, entertainment, networking, education, and of course there were all of those fabulous shoes and accessories that were auctioned off for a great cause.
The shoes were donated for auction by stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Nine West, Bakers, and K&G to name a few, as well guests were presented with a beautiful assortment of accessories to match. Other sponsors and volunteers to note are Images by Patrick & Carline, Crystyles Boutique, Walking Model, Pretty Feet, LA Lynn’s Jewelry Shop, Kingdom Klothes who provided fabulously bejeweled tees, Unique Faces Studio had the ladies all glammed up, Kustom Kreations and Elbee Emagery captured the event in photo, and LA Bonds Studios provided the videography.
The event was hosted by Nye Bowen of Eventista Productions and Nadia Mathews of Grace & Peace Productions. And, I must applaud both Nye and Nadia who were gracefully cool under pressure considering they were in the midst of several bidding wars. 😀
During the auction, the shoes were paraded through the crowd on a crystal platter as if they were hors’devours being served before a grand meal. And, I deliberately skipped “lunch” at Saks so that I would have an appetite when the bidding began. 😀
Ok, now I must admit that I have a pretty extensive collection of heels so much so that it would humble Imelda Marcos and make her blush with envy. Lets just say I’ve often been referred to as the “Shoe de Grâce” because I show no mercy when I’m rockin my stilettos; or, more affectionately known as “The Roberta Flack of Peep Toes” because of my knack for “killing them softly” whenever I wear my heels. 😀
Throughout the event I met some wonderful women of all walks who gave generously of their time and service, and I felt honored and privileged to be a part of such a great cause as we have all experienced the effects of diabetes whether directly or indirectly.
And as the night ended, we departed knowing that because of our contributions and support, we touched the lives of those affected by this disease; and no shoe was left behind. 😀
Photos courtesy of: Kustom Kreations and Elbee Emagery
Check out this cool video slideshow of the event along with more photos.
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