Wearing Red Sneakers for Oakley

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Lace up your sneakers or slip into your stilettos in support of Red Sneakers for Oakley’s Annual Food Allergy Awareness Benefit, which returns for its 6th year at Club Colette in Palm Beach on November 20th, 2023.  The atmosphere is a festive one as the red-decked dining room fills with friends and supporters. The crowd is energized by the cause created so close to home as paddles are raised and with great enthusiasm.

Young friends with Oakley’s sister, Olivia, lend their support.

In November 2016, Oakley Debbs passed away suddenly after consuming a piece of cake containing an unknown nut substance. In the years since, The Debbs’ family, Merrill, Bobby & Olivia, has turned pain into positive action by becoming trailblazers of food allergy awareness and education and helping those affected by food allergy navigate everyday life and stay safe from anaphylactic encounters. The proceeds from the benefit fund this essential mission.

Oakley’s favorite pair of shoes, the red sneakers his mother gave him as an early holiday present, became a powerful symbol when the Debbs’ family created their nonprofit. Red is a vibrant color represented by a range of emotions — on one side one senses danger, heat and anger, while on the other, passion, courage and love.

Oakley’s favorite pair of sneakers.

In our What to Wear to his heartfelt and heart-filled event, we chose the latter. To us, red is a symbol of the love and guidance RSFO has shared with so many and the passion and courage of its founders.  In our collection, you will find something for every age and shape from a short and sassy strapless to a dramatic satin midi — and all ready for now and the upcoming season of endless celebrations and good causes.

Emporio Armani Paneled Fit-And-Flare Minidress, $525  /  Hervé Léger Tiered Fringe Minidress, $506  / Amsale Mikado Satin A-Line Dress, $995  / Theia Rayna One-Shoulder Gown, $795  /   Santorelli Tweed Sheath Minidress, $595 / Self-Portrait Sleeveless Lace Midi-Dress, $550  /  Prabal Gurung Stretch Crepe Twist-Front Midi-Dress, $995  / Alexia María Lauren Bow-Embellished Silk Minidress, $1,090  /  Alessandra Pleated V-Neck Midi-Dress, $626.50  /  Careste Cala Silk Dress, $1,200  / Rhode Lulani Floral Maxi Dress, $595

Hilary puts her own spin on the shade.  “If wearing a red dress is not your thing, there are plenty of red accessories to compliment your attire. Along with red shoes, there are socks, bags, bows and jewelry that show your spirit for the cause. Red is actually very IN fashion this year, so whatever your choose you will be chicly turned out!”

J Crew Red Cashmere Beanie, $89.50 / J Crew Cashmere-blend trouser socks, $59.50 / J Crew Cashmere wrap, $148.00 /  J Crew NEW COLOR Rectangle crystal earrings, $22.50 x Oliver Peoples 1968C Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $482  / J crew Cashmere crewneck sweater, $128.00  / J Crew Maisie heels Italian leather, $268.00 / Red iPhone Silicone Case / J Crew Rectangle crystal ring, $16.50 / J Crew Velvet bow hair clip, $12.50 / J Crew Italian leather bag, $198.00 / Cashmere tech-touch gloves, $69.50

Red Sneakers for Oakley has reached millions of people through their RSFO Days program, their digital media program and The International Red Sneakers Day on May 20th of every year. Merrill Debbs describes her resolve: “Our goal is that no family experiences the excruciating loss of a loved one due to lack of knowledge of anaphylaxis. Each time a family thanks us for saving their child or helping to educate them, we know that we’re doing important work.”

You can read all of the testimonials on Red Sneakers for Oakley.

Photos courtesy of Capehart Photography, Palm Beach.

Hilary Dick and Karen Klopp of What2WearWhere.com take the guesswork out of dressing, the legwork out of shopping, and the panic out of packing.©

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