585 guests graced the floors of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on Friday, Nov. 18. to drink wine, show of their most fashionable footwear and raise money for Forty Carrots Family Center at the Wine Women & Shoes Signature Luncheon 2016. Cocktail hour featured various wine, shoe and accessory vendors, a pop-up spa and a unique magazine cover-style photobooth.
Before lunch was served, everyone in the ballroom was treated to an electric violin performance by Jared Burnett. Guests then got the chance to bid on several live auction items — one being a three-night stay in a 5-star hotel in Tuscany — while enjoying a herb marinated grilled mahi mahi entree as their main course. Attendees then enjoyed assorted macarons while listening to a spoken word piece about a story of survival made possible by Forty Carrots Family Center, performed by actress Jessica Garret.
Afterwards, guests got to see a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show that showcased the latest designs by Zang Toi. The event then concluded with a special dance performance by 14 of the solemen.
Proceeds from the event benefited the parenting programs (classes, mental health services and other programming) at Forty Carrots.