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Shoe Diva winner ready to head for Heads

  • Published Monday, April 9, 2012, at 12 a.m.

I know a person who will be heading to Heads Shoe Store this weekend. The entries for the Shoe Diva Charity Contest were evaluated April 5, and 31-year-old Wichitan Jennifer Gagnebin was declared the winner of five pairs of shoes from Heads.

It’s always fun to talk to a winner, no doubt the happiest person I called all day: “I was getting ready to go shoe shopping, and now I’m good to go!” she said shortly after hearing that she had won.

The contestants guessed who has the most shoes: Realtor Cindy Carnahan (127 pairs), TV news anchor Kara Sewell (26 pairs), radio personality Carol Hughes (28 pairs), Butler Community College President Jackie Vietti (34 pairs), Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams (87 pairs), and television host Sierra Scott, who has the most.

She has a lot.

Before I tell you how many pairs of shoes Sierra has, I promised I’d tell you what she said: “I have this many because I don’t ever throw shoes away. I’m getting ready to get rid of half of them,” she said. “Really, some of them are 20 years old.” The number she had when she counted before the purge: 321. Move over, Imelda Marcos.

“I looked at the pictures on the entry form, and they all look like they would have a lot of shoes,” said Jennifer, an agent for American Family Insurance. “Every one of them looked very professional.”

Jennifer wears an 8 medium, has 30 pairs of shoes and now can add five new pairs in the next three months.

“I am excited and can’t wait to go to Heads,” she said. “I’m going to have a great spring shoe wardrobe.”

Jennifer didn’t win the additional $500 by guessing the exact number of shoes Sierra has. “I guessed 65, but at least I had the right person,” she said. If you see the excited winner in Heads, get out of her way.

The contest was a fundraiser for Children First: Children’s Educational Opportunity Kansas Inc., a nonprofit organization with the mission of assisting in equalizing educational opportunities for the children of low-income families.

Spring Fling!

Speaking of shoes, you’ve seen Wichita State women’s basketball coach Jody Adams pace back and forth in her high heels at a game, but soon you’ll have a chance to see her walk the fashion runway.

Jody is one of a dozen well-known women who will be modeling in this year’s Spring Fling! fashion show and brunch, a benefit for Dress for Success. The show is at 10 a.m. Saturday on the upper level of Towne East Square by Dillard’s, 7700 E. Kellogg. Tickets are $35, available by calling Dress for Success Wichita, 316-945-8779. A highlight every year is the silent purse auction. I get to emcee the fashion show featuring spring fashions from Dillard’s. Additional models include: Kim Dugger of KEYN Radio; State Rep. Gail Finney; Michelle Gors of KPTS; Jemelle Holopirek of KAKE-TV; Jody Klein of Splurge Magazine; Denise Neil of The Wichita Eagle; Susan Peters of KAKE-TV; Marielkis Salazar of KDCU Univision; Robin Ragland Smith of Clear Channel Radio; and Tammy Stone of American Heart Association.

Come have a look

Ashley Baker and Carly Beck, a couple of very impressive former Wichitans, have a handbag company they named Sedgwick. They live and work in New York, but they’ve told me several times that their Kansas roots are important to them. I’ve kept track of their progress and success, and I’m happy to say they’re coming home to show off their creations. A Sedgwick Trunk Show of the Spring 2012 collection will be 2-4 p.m. April 28 at the Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th St. They also will be featuring bags of custom canvas prints by local artist Vickery Ottaway-Gonzalez. Refreshments will be served, so please make a reservation at RSVP@sedgwickstudio.com. See you there!

Reach Bonnie Bing at 316-268-6246 or bbing@wichitaeagle.com.

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