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Event Advances the Mission of Opportunity House

A Wine, Women & Shoes event, featuring a fashion show, best in shoe contest, silent auction, designer shopping, dinner, and, of course, wine, raised more than $100,000 for Opportunity House in its first two years.

A third Wine, Women & Shoes event, of which Penn State Health St. Joseph is a sponsor, was held in April at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.

According to Kate Alley, vice president of development at Opportunity House, an organization that serves the homeless population, Penn State Health St. Joseph and Opportunity House are likely partners in their efforts to assist members of the community.

“Penn State Health St. Joseph has a history of helping the underserved, and so does Opportunity House,” said Kate Alley, vice president of development at Opportunity House, an organization that serves the homeless population. “We are honored to partner with an organization that cares about the people of Reading and are willing to support our efforts to make their lives better.”

Alley said Opportunity House benefited from the generosity of Penn State Health St. Joseph about 10 years ago, when St. Joseph donated renovated space for Opportunity House to use for its Children’s Alliance Center, an organization that provides services for the victims of child sexual abuse.

“We remembered that generosity and approached St. Joseph again when we were looking for a sponsor,” Alley said.

Wine, Women & Shoes events have been held in cities across the country and have become popular fundraising events for non-profits.

“It’s a good chance to enjoy a fun evening with your friends while also making it possible for Opportunity House to help more than 1,500 people a year in Berks County to be housed, fed, educated, and empowered to stand on their own,” Alley said.

As an added surprise, Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Dr. Michael Abboud also volunteered his time to be one of the event’s 26 Shoe Guys. These men raised money in support of Opportunity House as well as volunteering their time to serve and entertain the women at the event.


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