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For Immediate Release

Share Your Soles 20th Anniversary Masquerade Gala

Will Help Change the World One Pair of Shoes at a Time

Over 3 Million Shoes Delivered Globally, And Counting

Chicago (July 2019) – Chicago-based Share Your Soles- with a mission to collect gently worn and new shoes and distribute them to those in the greatest need around the world- will celebrate supporters and raise funds at the Share Your Soles 20th Anniversary Masquerade Gala.

The lively affair will take place at Carnivale (702 W. Fulton Market) on Friday, August 23 from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy the sophisticated flavors of Latin fusion cuisine, Carnivale’s signature sangria, wine, a silent auction, games, dancing and live entertainment by Chicago Samba. Cocktail attire and masquerade masks are encouraged, and masks will be available for purchase at the event.

Globally 300 million children are denied an education for the simple reason that they do not own a single pair of shoes. Woman and children, who walk miles for clean water, risk illness and amputation from infections caused by living in unsanitary conditions.

“For 20 years, Share Your Soles has responded to this need, distributing shoes to people living in underdeveloped communities and disaster relief areas across the globe,” says founder and South side Chicago native Mona Purdy. “Our volunteers learn that they have the power to change someone’s life, and in the process are changed themselves.”

Tickets to the Share Your Soles 20th Anniversary Masquerade Gala are $200 and can be purchased at www.ShareYourSoles.org/events. The event is generously sponsored by Carnivale Chicago and Fitzgerald Law Group.

20 Years Ago…
In 1999, Mona Purdy traveled to a remote village in Guatemala and participated in a local running race. While running through this impoverished community, she noticed little children with a black substance on their feet in place of shoes. She later came to find out it was hot tar. These children were putting hot tar on the soles of their feet because they had no shoes protecting them. On her way home, she met an American Orthopedic Surgeon who was visiting this particular village. He explained to her that with shoes, he would be less needed to regularly travel here. He was performing amputations of children’s infected limbs due to lack of protection on their feet. It was really very simple.

When Mona returned home, she actively began seeking out local family, friends, running stores, neighbors, church’s, and schools to begin collecting gently worn shoes. She was feeling great, one good deed down. She returned back to an Orphanage in Guatemala and donated the collected shoes to the children, when a Nun asked her “when will you be returning.”

The question changed Mona’s life.

About Share Your Soles
Share Your Soles has brought over three million pairs of shoes to desperately impoverished families throughout the world; Central America, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the United States. Our program has helped those living on Native American Reservations and in the Appalachia’s, as well as India, Ecuador, Peru, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Cameroon, Nicaragua, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. We have become also become very active in disaster relief. Share Your Soles was a part of Hurricane Katrina, Irma, Maria, Haiti, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge. No boundaries. No borders. No political or religious affiliations.

For more information on Share Your Soles and how to donate, visit www.ShareYourSoles.org.

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