The Spirit of Women Hospital Network is a national coalition of hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S. dedicated to improve women's health. Though a variety of means, including educational events, national awards, and promotion of research, Spirit of Women addresses health topics such as menopause, cancer , diabetes, cardiovascular disease, healthy pregnancy, and many more. This month, Spirit of Women Health Network and Carlos by Carlos Santana footwear will host the Spirit of Women Celebrity Red Shoe Auction, an online charity auction of celebrity-autographed footwear. The proceeds of Spirit of Women Celebrity Red Shoe Auction will go to promote women's heart health research and education with several health organizations, including the National Stroke Association and Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Coalition, earmarked to benefit. The red shoes were donated by "Carlos by Carlos Santana" footwear, and ten celebrities were chosen to autograph them. In the September 2007 auction the shoes for bidding were signed by:
Desperate Housewives cast members; Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong, Teri Hatcher, and Eva Longoria. Dancing with the Stars, duo Laila Ali and Samantha Harris and other actresses Courteney Cox Arquette, (Dirt and Friends),
Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Morrison, (House MD).
"The Red Shoe Initiative" plan to host other local "Red Shoe" events in communities across the United States. Events will include evening receptions, fashion shows, and activities in skating rinks and other venues to encourage women to take action for their heart health. An additional auction is scheduled to coincide with Day of Dance for Women's Health, which takes place on February 23, 2008 and will include shoes autographed by other high-profile celebrities, including
Alanis Morissette, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Ann Inaba, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross.
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"Carlos by Carlos Santana" donate a portion of it proceeds from sales to the Milagro Foundation. Carlos and his wife, author Deborah Santana, established the Milagro Foundation, which has granted over $2 million to organizations supporting underserved youth in the areas of health, education and the arts worldwide.