Annual events for wine, women, and footwear amount to $ 90,000 for episcopal services for children

Hundreds of guests wore their most elegant shoes for the second annual Wine, Women & Shoes Jacksonville, an evening of shopping and entertainment supported by Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS). Colleagues, daughters, mothers and grandmothers, sisters and friends across Northeast Florida gathered at the Timuquana Country Club on May 12 to raise more than $ 90,000 net for the benefit of the nonprofit.

First Coast News and First Coast Living host Jordan Wilkerson hosted the evening as guests sipped, bought and supported an agency that serves more than 25,000 children and their families in 14 Florida counties and offers school readiness services. and Early Head Start programs and services.

Attendees were honored with an unprecedented fashion show featuring Zags, Cedric Brown Collections and local business An Unlikely Pear. They also enjoyed a sophisticated wine tasting evening, a live auction with lavish travel and experiences, a quiet auction with amazing products and retail goodies, and a fun fashion market.

Guests also enjoyed what has been described as a “spectacular” market with the latest trends and inventions, and one resident won the “Escape Key”, a trip to Sonoma, California.

All funds raised will be used to directly help children and families in North and Central Florida.


“This event exceeded our expectations, and we are more than pleased with the generosity of the Jacksonville community and their support for ECS,” said Development Development Director Lauren Hopkins. “We look forward to the event next year and raising even more funds for the well-being of children and families in North and Central Florida.”

“We are very grateful to have the help of our many sponsors and we are grateful for their fervent support for our ECS community,” said CEO Connie Stophel. “We could not do what we do without our community partners and appreciate their investment in our children and families.”

Community sponsors for the event included Jacksonville Business Journal, Florida Blue, Timucuan Asset Management, VyStar Credit Union, LassiterWare, Black Knight, Jaguars Foundation, Pajčić & Pajčić, Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund, Kathy & Jerry Weedon, Best Bet, Baptist Health & Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Gate Foundation, Kaplan, Sight & Sound Productions, An Unlikely Pear, Florida Insurance Trust, The Florida Times-Union, The Episcopal Diocese of Florida, THE PLAYERS, Martha & Tom Baker, Jeanne Dillard, Pamela Y Paul, Connie Stophel, Smith Hulsey & Busey, UnitedHealthcare, Dex Imaging, Davy and John Parrish, Julia and John Taylor, Paula and Jay McGarvey, Eric and Destinee Swanson, Temple and David DePlato, Ross and Sally Singletary, TD Bank, Money Pages, First Coast News, Newmark Phoenix Realty Group, Minuteman Press and Inspirations downtown.

Episcopal Children’s Services offers programs in St. Johns, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, Citrus and Alachua. It uses research and best practices to help families ensure that their children enter school ready to learn. Teachers and staff work with children from birth to 5 and their families to build a strong educational foundation.

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