Center For Sight Sponsors Wine, Women & Shoes to Help Raise More Than $210,000 for Forty Carrots Family Center

Sarasota, Florida – November 22, 2011 – Center For Sight was proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for Wine, Women & Shoes, a three-day event that raised more than $210,000 for the Parenting Program at Forty Carrots Family Center, a 36 percent increase over last year’s benefit. More than 1,000 guests and volunteers attended a winemaker reception, signature luncheon, fashion show and private gourmet dinners from November 3 to 5, 2011.

Center For Sight’s cosmetic facial surgeon, Dr. John Fezza, hosted his annual “Faces by Fezza: Look Good, Do Good” event, offering special pricing on products and services including Botox® and Juvederm® treatments, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and gift bags. Dr. Fezza and his staff donated their time and expertise to increase the success of the fundraising efforts.

“Wine, Women & Shoes is not only a fabulous party, it is also the single largest source of income for Forty Carrots’ free community outreach parenting education program,” said Betsy Kane-Hartnett, Executive Director of Forty Carrots Family Center. “As Presenting Sponsor, Center For Sights’ magnanimous generosity will enable Forty Carrots to give parents the tools they need to raise capable, caring and respectful young people. Simply put, proceeds from Wine, Women & Shoes literally improve the lives of thousands of children. We are so grateful!”

Forty Carrots Family Center is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, their children and professionals in the field. The Parenting Program will reach more than 1,900 families in 2012, and more than 90% will receive free services thanks in large part to the success of Wine, Women & Shoes. The money raised will fund more than 540 parenting education classes throughout the community for families from all walks of life, but particularly those at increased risk for abuse. These classes will provide parents with critical skills, information and support to strengthen their families and improve the lives of their children.

About Center For Sight

With locations throughout Southwest Florida, Center For Sight is the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary physician group providing patients worldwide with advanced healthcare in ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, cosmetic facial surgery and hearing services. Under the clinical direction of David W. Shoemaker, M.D., and William J. Lahners, M.D., F.A.C.S., Center For Sight has seven offices serving Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties. For more information, visit centerforsight.net

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