Gleaners Announces Shoe Guys for May Event

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The Third Annual Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S) event, presented by USA Funds, is a day of fashion and wine in support of the Gleaners BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program. This year’s sold-out event will help Gleaners pack enough BackSacks to feed 1,500 kids for a year, but even with that help, our work isn’t done.

Fighting childhood hunger is a passion for many, but for the WW&S Shoe Guys, it’s a cause worthy of their time and effort in spreading the word and raising funds! Shoe Guys volunteer before and during the event to help raise money and compete for the honor of being called the Wine Women & Shoes 2016 Sole Man of the Year.

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 10.32.28 AMCulled from local firefighters, sports figures and on-air TV personalities, these local celebrities need your help and donations if they want to take home the event’s top honor. Even if you’re not attending, you can support your favorite Shoe Guy in his quest to become this year’s top fundraiser and Sole Man of the Year.

Competition is tough for the WW&S Sole Man designation with two-year reigning champ Anthony Calhoun, Sports Director at WISH-TV, back this year to defend his title. However, Shoe Guys from the Carmel Fire Department are back and heating up the competition, and you can’t count out Police Officer Landry Smiley who came in second last year for the most money raised.

The 2016 Shoe Guys, sponsored by Charles Schwab, are much more than just pretty faces. These guys understand that hungry children can be found in almost every neighborhood in Indy. Gleaners BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids program ensures kids have healthy meals all weekend long. Each BackSack has enough food for six meals and includes food that is easy for kids to fix themselves.

“Hungry children can be found in every county, every neighborhood and every school. In just Hamilton County, more than 12,500 children worry about food,” stated Cynthia Hubert, President and CEO. “Wine Women & Shoes is a great way to have a little fun but also to support a program that is vital to keeping kids fed over the weekend. We are so thankful to our Shoe Guys for volunteering their time and being advocates for hungry kids.”

Want to help a Shoe Guy win the title? Visit and click on the WW&S banner to vote for your favorite Shoe Guy by making a donation in his name. Peruse the Shoe Guy descriptions and decide who you would like to support. The Shoe Guy with the most donations will be deemed “Sole Man of the Year.”

Be sure to Like and follow your favorite Shoe Guy on social media! Not only could your support help him become the Wine Women & Shoes 2016 Sole Man of the Year, but it will also help feed hungry children.