Drag Queens Kick Off Their Heels to Celebrate Pride

Barefoot Wine Hosts Online "Foot Fetish" Shoe Auction To Benefit Heritage of Pride

Jun 23, 2010, 11:13 ET from Barefoot Wine

MODESTO, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The wigs!  The makeup!  The SHOES!  Drag queens are known for their outrageous looks, complete with sparkles and shimmer from head-to-toe.  To get into the true spirit of Pride, Barefoot Wine asked some of the country's top drag performers to part with a pair of their most glamorous, dazzling and coveted shoes – all for a good cause.  Now, one or more of these fabulous pumps are up for bidding in the Barefoot Wine "Foot Fetish" Shoe Auction.  All proceeds from the auction benefit Heritage of Pride, the not-for-profit corporation that organizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride events in New York City to commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall riots.

The collection is comprised of glittery, sparkly and customized heels that come directly from the gown-filled closets of drag performers coast-to-coast.  Those going barefoot for the cause are: Jackie Beat, Hedda Lettuce, Sherry Vine, Mimi Imfurst, Sweetie, Miss Understood, Gusty Winds, Pandora Boxx, Edie, Dallas Dubois, Britney Houston, Shequida, Linda Simpson, Sister Myotis, Logan Slaughter, Donna Sachet and Epiphany.  The autographed shoes will be listed on eBay's Giving Works, which empowers people to buy and sell for a cause. The charity auction will begin at 8:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 23 and end on Saturday, July 3 at 8:00 PM EDT.  Visit www.eBay.com/BarefootWine to view the collection of shoes and place your bids.

"Barefoot Wine has been a supporter of the gay and lesbian community for more than twenty years, and this year we're prouder than ever," said Jerime Black, LGBTQ Manager for Barefoot Wine.  "We're donating 100% of the proceeds from this shoe auction in support of Heritage of Pride's efforts and, of course, in honor of all things glittered, feathered and sequined."  

"This auction is a fun way for us to keep our message of equality top of mind," said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride.  "We're thrilled and grateful to see some of our long-time supporters kicking off their shoes and going 'barefoot' for our cause."

About Barefoot Wine

Barefoot's award-winning California wines are attractively priced and can be found in bottles bearing the fun, iconic footprint label.  Barefoot's still wine portfolio ($7 for 750-ml bottles, $12 for 1.5-liter bottles) includes eleven unique offerings: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel, Moscato, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Zinfandel.  Barefoot also offers five delicious sparkling wines: Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee, Extra Dry, Pinot Grigio, Moscato Spumante and Rose Cuvee. Barefoot Bubbly is the most awarded California Sparkling Wine under $20 in the US and retails for $10. For more information about Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, visit www.barefootwine.com.

About Heritage of Pride

Founded in 1984, Heritage of Pride is wholly volunteer-managed non-partisan, tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation that organizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride events in New York City to commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall riots.  These Events are organized for and on behalf of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and groups, and all others who support the struggle for the liberation of these communities.  For additional information, visit www.nycpride.org.

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