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Shoe Drive Will Benefit Spokane School Children
Shoe Drive Will Benefit Spokane School Children

Press Release: Mermaids of the Lake, an online women’s ezine publication, are proud to be hosts for; “If the Shoe Fits…Wear it Event” and “Shoes for Kids™”, a local community shoe drive. The overall goal is   to raise over a 1000 pairs of tennis shoes or boots for underprivileged kids, K-12 in Spokane and the surrounding areas by August 11, 2011 so that the children will receive brand new shoes in time to begin the new school year.    Premiering at this event is the Shoes for Kids™, a back-to-school shoe drive for underprivileged children. The shoes donated at the event, as well as from drop-off locations around the city, will be organized and distributed by Inland NW Baby with community partners including East Central Community Center, West Central Community Center, North East Community Center and Mission Community Outreach.  Cash donations along with the live auction and raffle proceeds will go toward the purchase of socks and/or more shoes to meet our goal. 

“The greater Spokane area has some amazingly generous people who donate their time and resources to clothe, feed and house the underprivileged and neglected children in our community” states Genia Seghetti, event organizer. “Kids are given coats, school supplies, medical treatments and more. However, all too often children are attending school in dilapidated shoes or flip-flops. Not only are they unprepared for sports, cold weather, and general comfort, many feel embarrassed and shameful about their appearance. The Mermaids of the Lake have stepped forward to help these children in a way that will be impactful for them, perhaps for a lifetime” concluded Seghetti.

According the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey one-year estimate, there were 105,337 children living in Spokane County in 2010. Of those, 18,242 were living under the poverty line. That's 17.3%, more than 1 in every 6 children.  In 2011 45% of kids in Spokane were eligible for free or reduced lunches.   Mia Bella Eventi Produzioni, an event production company owned by Genia Seghetti has created the 'If the Shoe Fits... Wear It' shoe musical and fashion show event along with Shoes for Kids™ specifically for and in support of Shelly Hepler and Debbie Nania who are the talent behind Mermaids of the Lake. 

The event will take place August 11th and guests will enjoy exciting shoe musical numbers with dancers who will be wearing the latest fall shoe fashions and clothing. Live auction items will include one of a kind art shoes designed by Inland NW professional artists, shoes created by Miss Spokane and a dozen decadent edible chocolate shoes created by a local Chocolatier and more!  The gala will also feature a no host bar and gourmet food and dessert samples from several local restaurants. Over 50 vendors are expected to participate in support of this first ever, community shoe drive!  “We need the community's help in order to reach our goal” implores Seghetti. “Please help us, help the kids in our community that need shoes…remember it takes a whole village to raise a child!”   

'If the Shoe Fits... Wear It' will be held at the Spokane Convention Center on August 11, 2011 from 5:30-9:30pm.    Tickets are on sale now at www.iftheshoefitswearit.eventbrite.com. VIP $55.00, General Admission $32.00.  VIP tickets include private reception at 5:30, champagne, appetizer, entertainment and reserved seating.   Drop off locations include: City Hall, SWANK boutique, Cancer Patient Care, Dr. Houk, Centerstone Property Advisors, Bozzi Media, and Forza Coffee Shops.

For information about cash donations, becoming a sponsor or vendor, tickets or details about the event contact Genia Seghetti at 509-362-5043 or by email at geniaseghetti@msn.com

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