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WSRE's Wine, Women & Shoes Weekend, A Sip-Sational Success

Pensacola, Fla. - Over 300 attendees enjoyed the “sip-sationally” successful Wine, Women and Shoes Weekend held by the WSRE-TV Foundation in Destin, Fla. March 2-5. The inaugural weekend of events raised $84,000 in support of the mission of local PBS broadcaster WSRE.

“This show of support from our eastern viewing area will allow us to enhance and expand future programming endeavors and strengthen our commitment of providing educational outreach services for children, parents and caregivers,” said WSRE general manager Sandy Cesaretti Ray. “We are looking forward to future opportunities to produce timely programs highlighting people of interest and showcasing the rich history in WSRE’s easternmost counties,” she added.  WSRE’s mission is one of education, public service and making a positive difference in the lives of Gulf Coast residents.

This year’s weekend of events offered patron dinners with world-class winemakers;  WSRE’s 4th Annual Wine & Food Dinner featuring a wine stroll, gourmet dinner and live auction; and the popular Wine, Women and Shoes event complete with wine tastings, a runway fashion show, a shopping marketplace with clothing accessories and shoes galore, a fabulous silent auction, and tasty bite-size munchies while the “Sole Mates” (our shoe guys, black clad and buff) strolled around, offering the latest in shoe styles and jewelry on silver platters, enticing the ladies to the boutiques.

Event chairs were Demetria McNeese, Sandy Sims and Elaine Tucker. Community partners that made this incredible weekend possible include: AT&T – The Real Yellow Pages, Alpha Closets, Dr. Bawa & Associates, Bella Magazine/Pensacola News Journal, Cox Communications, Destin Magazine, Dlux Printing & Publishing, The Emerald Grande, First American Title, Gulf Coast Dermatology/Aqua Medical Spa, Gulf Power Co., McNeese Title LLC, Northwest Florida Daily News, Republic National Distributing, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, SoWal, Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine, WEAR/WFGX, and Wine World.

About Wine, Women & Shoes
Wine, Women & Shoes is the fastest-growing charity event series created by women for women in the U.S. Wine, Women & Shoes fundraisers create an opportunity for partnerships between charities, wineries, shoe and accessory retailers, corporate sponsors and women in the community. They have held events in over 25 cities across the county and to date have raised over $9 million for various causes. More information is available at

About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
WSRE is a PBS member station that is locally owned and licensed to the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees operating as a service of Pensacola State College. The public broadcasting station has been serving the needs of the Gulf Coast community through programming, educational services and outreach since 1967. WSRE produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of its audience. The Educational Services unit for WSRE serves as the connection to teachers, parents, caregivers and children to extend the rich resources found in public television. For more information about WSRE, its services, programs or available resources, visit


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