Three thousand gently worn and new shoes, primarily collected by the young members of Teenshop, will be given by the girls dressed in their yellow sweatshirts to hundreds of men, women, and children referred by local charities. A special component of the day will be a Celebrity Prom Shoe Salon,that will include shoes donated by local television personalities.
"We are proud to host Shoes for Life for a second year," said Elleanor Jean Hendley, Founder of Teenshop. "We are totally focused on helping families in need while providing our girls with the opportunity to learn about leadership and community service."
Event co-chairs are Patty Jackson, WDAS radio host, Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition and Marian Tasco, Philadelphia City Councilwoman.
Staff from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine are partnering with Teenshop to provide families with free foot exams and health consultations. In addition, Browns ShopRite will provide bags, water, pretzels. WDAS Radio will broadcast from the event.
A program partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Teenshop is one of the nation's longest running weekend volunteer programs dedicated exclusively to the positive development of adolescent girls. While enrolled in Teenshop, no girl drops out of school or becomes a teen parent. Four chapters are located in Philadelphia and one in Los Angeles, California, each directed by a 5-member volunteer team of outstanding working women. All graduates attend college or pursue other education goals. More than three thousand girls have been enrolled. www.teenshop.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Elleanor Jean Hendley, Founder: 215-851-1843 (office); 215-205-4746 (cell)