Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 3, 2012 - The eyewear industry was well represented at the first annual Sophia’s Heart Gala on November 3rd at the Milwaukee Public Theater Atrium at the Shops of Grand Avenue. The event was hosted by the President and Founder of Sophia’s Heart, American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, and attended by Match Eyewear’s Phil Turnage and Carla Turnage, and Paul George, Amy George, Darren Horndasch and Jamie Horndasch of Wisconsin Vision.
Sophia’s Heart Foundation, started by Danny Gokey in 2008, endeavors to help children and families who have been affected by poverty, disease, and broken homes. In addition to providing scholarships to those in need, Sophia’s Heart offers children the opportunity to participate in after school music and arts programs not available in their own schools. The goal is to inspire and restore entire families by engaging and fostering the talent in their children.
Over 140 guests attended the evening’s festivities which included dining, live and silent auctions, and a performance by Danny Gokey with the Sophia’s Heart Choir. ‘This gala would not have been possible without the generosity of more than 30 volunteers and our corporate sponsors,’ praised Danny Gokey. Key sponsors included Wisconsin Vision, whose President and CEO, Darren Horndasch, is also Chairman of the Community Board of Sophia’s Heart in Milwaukee. Match Eyewear, the manufacturer and distributor of Danny Gokey Eyewear, donated several pairs of the collection’s sunglasses to the evening’s live auction, including the pair worn by Danny as he emceed. ‘Wisconsin Vision has always been such a staunch advocate of Sophia’s Heart and we are so grateful for that.’ Gokey adds, ‘We were also thrilled to have Match Eyewear at the gala pledging their support to this wonderful cause.’
The evening culminated with Danny joining the nearly 40 children in the Sophia’s Heart Choir and Dance Team on stage for a performance of ‘Music from the Heart’. The gala raised nearly $30,000 which will help fund after school arts and music programs for children in Milwaukee’s central city schools. ‘It was a spectacular event for an incredibly noble cause,’ says Match Eyewear’s Phil Turnage. ‘Definitely a pleasure to be there and an honor to help Sophia’s Heart in any way we can.’
Established in 2001, Match Eyewear is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of high quality fashion eyewear, with a dedicated sales force covering the US, Canada, Europe and South America.
Contact: Kristina Kear