Wine, Women & Shoes raises almost $150,000

The 1st Annual “Wine, Women & Shoes” fundraising event for Wellness Place was a smashing success and raised almost $150,000! This engaging and exciting event was filled with community-minded, philanthropic women as they gathered to sip, shop, savor, and support Wellness Place in a chic, fun, and innovative way.

The fun evening began with an energetic atmosphere from the moment guests step through the doors, including sip-sational wine tasting, culinary delights, and Marketplace shopping with local and national designer boutiques. Shoe judges roamed the room seeking the most “classy” and “creative” footwear to be awarded prizes, and charming “Shoe Guys” were on hand to help guests with the silent auction, “Key to the Closet” drawing, and the fun “Wall of Wines”.

Executive Director Julie Lindholm started the evening's presentation with the Wellness Place mission. “We offer compassionate support and free services for all residents in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanagan. Almost 4 people per day will be diagnosed in NCW, and our free services are needed now more than ever."

The evening grew in momentum during the live auction with a bidding war for a Nashville trip, ending with auctioneer Rose Backs selling three of the trips for $4,000 each!  “When the number on the live tally board quickly surpassed our $100,000 goal, I knew this was going to be a record-breaking night.” said Lindholm.

Ending the evening was a glamorous fashion show featuring 30 local adult volunteer models, with two children including 5-year-old Samyrah and 8-year-old Drake, who both have parents currently battling cancer. There was a teary-eyed standing ovation when six models ended the show holding signs stating, “I am a cancer warrior, I am a survivor, my mom has cancer and my dad has cancer”.

Presenting sponsor Numerica Credit Union’s Senior Vice President, Kim Pearman-Gillman said, “When someone is battling cancer, that warrior doesn’t need added stress and Wellness Place does such a great job helping to relieve those worries.”

“We are truly grateful for the army of volunteers who helped make this event a complete success!” said Lindholm “Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes on Friday, April 21, 2023 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. I have no doubt it will be a sold-out crowd next year.”

For more information visit or call 509-888-9933.

At Wellness Place, we give compassionate support and FREE resources to individuals, their families, and caregivers through their cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship, for those residing in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties. No one fights alone.


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