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All about the shoes

October 25, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Let me begin by confessing I am no Imelda Marcos in the shoe department - boots are more my style - but I do love the variety of shoes on the market and the classic high heel look. I admire gals who are able to pull that off.

The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women's Club's first-time Wine and Shoe Extravaganza fundraiser gave event-goers a chance to enjoy shoes in many ways last Thursday at the Steubenville Country Club.

There was a fashion show where women modeled shoes from Macy's with Carrie Porter, sales manager, offering introductions and descriptions.

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The Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women's Wine and Shoe Extravaganza held Oct. 18, 2012, at

There was a Best in Shoe competition patrons could get involved in. They could enter themselves, which meant they wore a number, and it was up to all of us to check out their footwear and make our ballot selections, voting for a first, second and third place.

And the celebrity waiters on hand carried around serving platters on which were some of the shoes modeled during the style show. Very clever. Celebrity servers included John Corrigan, Steve Hughes, Dr. Greg McDonnell, Billy Petrella, Ferruccio Provenzano and Steve Vukelic.

First-place honors went to Phyllis Riccadonna, who is on the heels, no pun intended, of becoming the state president of the BPW during ceremonies in May 2013. Her shoes were cobalt blue, open toe, 41/2-inch shoe booties with a flowered rhinestone embellishment on the side.

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Julie Vavra Daley, left, OVBPW president and event chairman, with Carrie Porter, Macy’s sales manager

Second-place honors went to Alison Thomas and third to Nikki Mascio. Other than to say Thomas' were quite pretty black, blingy shoes, I lack an adequate description. And I never did see Mascio's shoes. Sorry about that.

The fundraiser was a lovely gathering of gals, vendors and prizes - all for a good cause as the BPW will use proceeds to award three local scholarships, according to Julie Vavra Daley, OVBPW president and event chairman.

A couple of things here I want to mention:

Jennifer Cesta creatively decorated shoe cookies that all in attendance received.

Francesca Carinci wore a great pair of red shoes that put me to mind of Dorothy's "There's no place like home" click-click.

Stephanie Rouse and Kathy Musso wore what I would call event-appropriate blingy shirts. The message on Rouse's was "My doctor says I need glasses," which was above three wine glasses. Musso's was "Life is short. Wear cute shoes."

Event sponsors for the fundraiser included Hess Corp. and Life Line Hospital.

Other chapter officers, aside from Daley, are Sara Provenzano, treasurer; Shannon Minch-Hughes, vice president; and Mary Lou Jones, secretary.

The OVBPW meets September through May on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Scaffidi's Restaurant.

For information call Daley at (614) 915-7640 or field inquiries to

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