Soles4Souls Named 'Official Charity' of the International Shoes & Champagne Gala Benefit

    Reception is Part of the 2009 Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. and OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW/ -- Soles4Souls Inc., the
international shoe charity, has been named the "official charity" of the
International Shoes & Champagne Gala, a shoe design benefit.  The reception
will be held on May 8, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Historic Union
Station, opposite the Chateau Laurier, 2 Rideau Street, Ottawa, CA.  Tickets
are $50.00 per person. For tickets and information on how to donate to
Soles4Souls, visit

    "We are very proud to be the official charity of the 2009 Canadian Tulip
Festival," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.  "The
International Shoes & Champagne Gala is a wonderful event that allows people
to become directly involved with our programs while also providing attendees
the chance to celebrate in style," he said.

    "We are delighted to support Soles4Souls, and we want to applaud the
footwear designers who are working with us," said Caroline Ouimet, Manager of
the International Shoes & Champagne event.  "Without them, the gala benefit
couldn't happen - we are grateful for their support and commitment," she said.

    International Shoes & Champagne celebrates the mutual "international
language" of design and footwear fashion at this glamorous charity event for
Soles4Souls, which collects and distributes footwear to destitute children and
their families in more than 125 countries.  This exciting event will showcase
stunning shoe creations from dozens of top international designers (for a
complete list, visit  Special guest Beth Harbison,
author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous" and "Secrets of a Shoe Addict," along with
some of the footwear designers, will be in attendance.

    On Saturday, May 9th, the International Shoes & Champagne exhibit will
open its doors to the public as an added attraction for the thousands of
visitors to The Canadian Tulip Festival. The festival has celebrated
international arts, culture and ideas in Canada's capital city for more than
50 years, and is attended by hundreds of thousands of Canadian and
international visitors.

    The Canadian Tulip Festival is a registered charity and one of the
important volunteer organizations in the region, drawing on over 1,000
volunteers each spring. Net proceeds of the International Shoes & Champagne
will help Soles4Souls send footwear to impoverished children and families
overseas.  For more information, please visit

    About Soles4Souls
    Nashville-based Soles4Souls(TM) facilitates the donations of both new and
used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has
distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 17
seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania,
and the United States.  The charity has been featured recently in Runner's
World and the Green Guide by National Geographic.  It has also appeared on
CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North
America.  Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties
are eligible for tax advantages. Visit for more information.


For further information:

For further information: Caroline Ouimet, Event Manager, International
Shoes & Champagne, +1-613-291-6668,; or Rachel
Hauraney, Celebridee Coordinator of The Canadian Tulip Festival,
+1-613-567-5757, ext. 237; or Chris Carmichael, +1-615-391-5723 ext 143,, or Kim Dettwiller, +1-615-330-5656,,
both of Soles4Souls Web Site:

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