Wine, Women & Shoes combine for a great cause


Demetria and Richard McNeese at last year's Wine Women & Shoes.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 08:00 AM.

Girls just wanna have fun, and the girls are bringing back another fun Wine Women & Shoes weekend to South Walton.

South Walton's inaugural WWS event debuted last winter to rave reviews and made $80,000 for public radio in the process.

This second-annual WWS event will benefit a different worthy local non-profit organization: Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

Event co-chair and organizer Demetria McNeese said the money raised will go specifically to help fun Sinfonia's kids' programs that takes music into schools.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast was founded in 2005 by conductor Demetrius Fuller. It is a nonprofit orchestra and, as it enters its seventh season, has reached more than 35,000 children through its Sinfonia Guest Artists in the Schools program and music education outreach initiatives.

Fuller said Sinfonia is thrilled to partner with Wine Women and Shoes.

"As the first symphony orchestra selected to join their charitable roster, all parties involved thought that it was a 'perfect fit. The proceeds will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education initiatives throughout the community, including our newest participation in Sacred Heart Hospital's 'Arts in Medicine' program," said Fuller.

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