Wine, Women, and Shoes Supports Children’s Action Network
An evening of fashion and compassion occurred Tuesday, May 6 as women mingled on the sprawling Santa Monica lawn of Heather and Skip Brittenham. This mega home created an engaging space as ladies sipped fine wines from Napa, shopped the latest styles in shoes and accessories, bid on getaway adventures, and savored delectable bites from the leading restaurants in LA.
The purpose of such extravagance was to give back to Children’s Action Network (CAN), which uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life. CAN is currently dedicated to finding homes for the more than 107,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the morethan 500,000 children in foster care.
Some of CAN’s services include A Home for the Holidays, anannual special on CBS, which features musical performances and celebrities presenting inspirational stories about adoption. Thousands of children have found homes as a result of the special. National Adoption Day is acollective national effort to raise awareness about children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families and celebrate all families who adopt. Nearly 50,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day since 2002. To learn more about the adoption process, click HERE. Meet 9 year old Adrian who hopes to be part of a loving adoptive family HERE. Follow CAN on Facebook.
CAN is founded by Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Robert A. Daly, Lezlie and Mark Johnson, Diana Meehan, Lorraine and Sid Sheinberg, and Stacey and Henry Winkler.
The 3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes event turned up over 400 women where proceeds benefitted CAN. Guests included Frances Fisher,Mindy Kaling, Jessica Capshaw, Virginia Madsen, Zoe Jarman, and more.
Fashion partners included TOMS, Intermix, Bandolier, Canyon Design Studio, Claire V., Danielle Queller, Feathered Soul, Hayward, Michelle O’Brien, Oscar Tiye, Satya Twena Fine Military, and Stacey Todd.
Restaurants included Craigs, Katsuya, Pressed Juicery, Groundwork Coffee, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, Super Cool Creamery, Sweet Butter, WestsideTavern, and Toscana.
Wineries included Promise, Bespoke Collection, Conundrum, Frank Family Vineyards, Frog’s Leap, Justin/Landmark, O Wines, PEJU, Raymond/JCB/DeLoach, and Round Pond.
As a freelance travel and food writer, Melissa's articles have been published on AAA World Magazine, Lonely Planet, Zagat Stories, Roadtrippers, Canadian Traveller, Business Insider, MoneyInc, Resident Magazine (NYC), JohnnyJet, World Footprints, and many more. Some of her favorite travel articles can be found in Darling Magazine. She also writes for local print magazines such as SoCal Life Magazine, Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine, Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine, LA Travel Magazine, and LA Downtowner. Her love of adventure and learning was fueled while traveling around the world at age 20 on Semester at Sea. She received a Master's degree in Education, taught in England on a Fulbright scholarship, and has been an educator for over 20 years. Over the last decade, she has worked with high profile families in the Los Angeles area.
After growing up in Connecticut and a decade in Washington, DC, west coast living has won her over. Living in LA for the last 13 years has brought Melissa so much joy - thus why LaLaScoop was born. A desire to cover and discover the Best of LA became a shared passion that expanded to numerous guest writers bringing the 'LaLaScoop. Besides writing and helping children learn on Zoom during the pandemic, Melissa spends her free time savoring the Malibu coastline, discovering new hikes, looking for unique finds for her new home, trying to cook new dishes for her husband, and taking DIY to a whole other level. Contact her at Melissa@lalascoop.com.
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