Testimonials

Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina – Charleston, SC (Virtual Event)

“Being able to activate Wine Women & Shoes when we did last year meant we didn’t have to close the doors of the center during the difficult times that followed. The success of the event was critical to our financial security in maintaining operations 6 months later.”

Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center – Midland, TX (Virtual Event)

“After postponing our Spring, 2020 fundraiser to July, we made the decision with seven weeks to go to transition to a virtual event. Every step of the way, the team at Studio 4Forty was with us. In seven weeks, we had countless calls both with the project management team and with the graphics team. They helped us to create a targeted marketing plan and to create all the graphics needed, had tons of suggestions for recognizing sponsors who agreed to donate their sponsorships to our organization, helped in choosing an online platform that would best meet our needs, and virtually attended tech runs to help spot problems and offer solutions ahead of our live broadcast. Their insights, encouragement, and support were vital when problems seemed to be insurmountable. The team at Studio 4Forty are all incredible fundraising professionals, and they were truly our partners in pulling off a virtual event on a short timeline, doing everything they could to ensure our event’s success (including leading conversations in the chat room during the live broadcast!) Ultimately, our live broadcast was smooth, our online platform was gorgeous and easy to navigate for our guests, and we raised the third highest amount we’ve raised in seven years of Wine Women and Shoes!”

– Lauren Blackketter

 

FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE – LOUISVILLE, KY

The support we received from Studio 4Forty has continued to help us secure sponsors and structure the event to maximize fundraising success. Having hosted this event for four years, they have also been very helpful and mindful to help us keep it fresh and add new elements for our guests each year. These ladies are fantastic!

~ KELLIE JOHNSTON, DRIECTOR OF MISSION ADVANCEMENT

 

FRESH START WOMEN’S FOUNDATION – PHOENIX, AZ

“From start to finish the level of support surpassed any of our expectations. I am so happy to report that our first event sold out at 400 guests with over 60% being newly introduced to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and the event exceeded all of our revenue goals!”

~ MICHELLE GERE, DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

 

OLIVE CREST, PACIFIC NORTHWEST – SEATTLE, WA

Olive Crest’s partnership with Wine Women & Shoes over the last two years has been critical to the success of our Seattle fundraising efforts. Successful business women from all over the greater Seattle area attend this sip-sational event. Last year’s fabulous fashion show, auction and shopping raised $245,329, which provided 33,560 safe days for abused and neglected kids. Our partnership with Wine Women & Shoes is helping us achieve our vision of a strong family for every child and our mission to transform the lives of at-risk children through the healing power of family.

~ LYNN HOYOS

 

A SAFE PLACE – CHICAGO, IL

Making connections and building relationships with individuals who have not been involved with our organization is one of our aims and over 50% of our guests were “new”. Moreover, a significant percentage of our guests were in the “under 45” which is very important to us, since so many of our loyal donors are aging and passing on events and active support. We must engage a new generation to continue our work.

The energy and “fun” parts of the program laid the foundation for the more serious portions of the program, leading to high bidding for live auction items and very significant pledging from guests. I can share that those of us involved have learned a whole new way of organizing and putting on an event.

~ KAREN SZYMANSKI, BOARD PRESIDENT

 

FORTY CARROTS FAMILY CENTER – SARASOTA, FL

“Forty Carrots Family Center is proud to be a Wine Women & Shoes partner for the past 11 years and for the future. Their team provides valuable support to our fundraising efforts in all areas, from sponsorship to event planning, to unique and creative ways of maximizing revenue. In a town with hundreds of fundraising events, there is something very special about the energy and power of the Wine Women & Shoes format, which is captivating and successful.”

~ MICHELLE KAPREILIAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR