Ruby Slipper Cocktail for Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater at China Grill Fort Lauderdale 1/19/11

On Wednesday, January 19, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre and China Grill will host the highly anticipated Ruby Slipper Cocktail Party at China Grill Fort Lauderdale. The Cocktail Party serves as a precursor to the Children’s Theatre 2011 Grande Crystal Ball – The Emerald City, an event drawing inspiration from “The Wizard of Oz” and its musical progeny “The Wiz” and “Wicked.”

To ensure partygoers have a wickedly good time, the Theatre is raffling a pair of luxury shoes by world-renowned Italian shoe designer Craziano Cucco of LoriBlu. Shoe aficionados will get their first look at LoriBlu’s über-chic styles while sipping on “Ozmopolitans”, “Glindatinis” or “Ruby Red Martinis” compliments of Southern Wine & Spirits. The lucky winner will get to select the shoe style of her choice or take home a pair of fabulous LoriBlu red crystal stilettos…shoes to die for!

Event co-chairs Katie Leach and Kim Sweers, encourage advance reservations to attend the soiree. Ticket price is only $25 and raffle tickets may be purchased 1 for $50 or 3 for $100. RSVP and purchase tickets on-line at Tickets will also be available the night of the event. All proceeds benefit Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre. Event Sponsors include: China Grill, City & Shore Magazine, LoriBlu and Little’s Photography.

Committee members are Janet Buhl, Christina Carter, Beth Gillon, Aimee Hooper, Randi Karmin, Jennifer Little-Kiss, Melissa Milroy, Stacy Moss, Susan Penrod, Michaele Rand, Michele Simon, and Kelly Toole.

Founded in 1952, the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre (FLCT) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides cultural and educational opportunities for children, ages 4 through 18. Through year-round classes, camps, productions and outreach programs, FLCT gives children of all abilities the chance to develop creativity, problem solving skills and self-esteem. FLCT is the oldest documented children’s theatre in the state of Florida. Each year, the organization’s programs touch more than 35,000 children and adults. All young people, regardless of economic, cultural or ethnic background, are invited to participate, thanks to the generous support of local individuals, corporations and foundations. A number of giving opportunities exist. For more information about how to support FLCT or participate in theatre programs, call 954-763-6882 or visit You can email us at

Located at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, China Grill is a vibrant waterfront bar & restaurant oasis overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. The pan-cultural menu features more than 40 artistically prepared dishes, large enough for sharing and served family-style, allowing everyone at the table to partake in new taste sensations and exotic flavors that pair global ingredients with an Asian sensibility. China Grill also offers both individual and half portions for a chance to sample a wider variety of dishes as well as their full sushi bar. Breakfast: Daily 7 am – 11am. Dinner: Sunday through Thursday 6 pm – 10 pm; Friday & Saturday 6 pm – 12 am. 1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 | 954.759.9950 | “World Cuisine on the Waterfront”

When the talent of a craftsman named Graziano Cuccu met entrepreneurial excellence in Annarita Pilotti, the Loriblu brand was born. Loriblu, which produces high-end Italian “couture” women’s shoes, prides itself on its attention to detail, finishing, research of materials, high quality craftsmanship and exclusivity. By creating out of the ordinary and unexpected combinations, Loriblu goes beyond the boundaries of the accessory sector and is ready to astonish the most exclusive international markets.