This year's eighth annual SoleStice was a success. The shoe auction and sale, sponsored by the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation, was once again a sold out event.
SoleStice is the largest fund raising event for the hospital's Foundation. This year, proceeds will purchase cardiac and respiratory equipment used to diagnose heart and respiratory conditions in adults, children and the elderly. People were urged to wear red in support of heart healthy women, so it was quite a colorful evening!
Footwear from designer shoes to a selection of rubber boots was on the auction block. Designer bags and upscale jewelry were also popular with bidders. There was a silent auction and a boutique for direct sales with tables and tables of heels and flats, sandals, athletic shoes, western boots and fuzzy slippers.
A shoe auction? It makes perfect sense in Ketchikan where the selection of shoes is limited. Xtra-tufs and practical flats are readily available but quests for high heels and cowboy boots will almost certainly reach a dead end. While the occasions for stilettos are also limited, it is something of an antidote to rainy days knowing there is a pair of fabulous high heels in your closet.
Totals are not yet available for this year’s event but the bidding was spirited and most of the auction items were claimed. It is sure to be one of the most successful Sole-Stice event's yet.
Last year, funds were raised for Rotary House, a joint project of the Medical Center and Rotary 2000 that provides a low-cost housing alternative for people who come to Ketchikan for medical care.
The year’s major corporate sponsors were Guardian Flight, Airlift Northwest and University of Washington Medicine.