Slow your roll and hold your horses - not THAT kind of naked. Let me explain...
A week ago today The Naked Grape kicked off it's Peel It Off to Give Back campaign with a fabulous Sip & Swap event at Gilley's in downtown Dallas. The Naked Grape is a company that believes great wines come from looking underneath the skin to expose wine that bares the true flavor of every grape. Thus, The NAKED Grape. The company has seven fresh and fruity wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Harvest Red Blend and Malbec. I've tasted them all and they are de-LISH! My favorites are the Moscato and Harvest Red Blend.
*With Soles4Souls president Buddy Teaster
The company has embarked on a campaign to give back through the Peel It Off to Give Back program which provides gently loved clothing to people in need. The Naked Grape has partnered with Clothes4Souls, a global not-for-profit that has donated approximately 1.8 million pieces of clothing to people around the world. The goal of last week's Sip and Swap was to raise awareness and collect donations for Clothes4Souls. We succeeded - around 500 items of clothing were donated that night! By the end of this year's campaign, The Naked Grape hopes to collect over 5,000 items of clothing to donate through two more sip and swap events in Ft. Lauderdale and Chicago and through collection bins in select stores.
As part of the Peel It Off to Give Back program, The Naked Grape will also donate $5 (up to $50,000 total) for each of it's wine capsules it collects between March 1st and August 31st of this year. To make it as easy as possible to give back, select wine bottles will come with a pre-paid envelop and directions on how to help by mailing in the wine capsule.
The purpose of the sip and swap event is to donate your used clothing and swap it for someone else's. After we handed over our donations, we were able to browse through the clothing and take whatever we liked, all while sipping The Naked Grape wine! There were fitting rooms to try on the clothing and Dawn Mellon, stylist to some of the most fabulous folks in Dallas, was on hand to help attendees put outfits together! Any of the leftover clothing was donated to Clothes4Souls.
Let me tell you, we weren't foraging through raggedy stuff either - most of the donated items were high end name brands. Some articles still had the price tags on them! I snagged a gorgeous BCBG sweater, a royal blue cocktail dress, and a White House Black Market jacket. The event was so much fun - it was a wonderful way to clean out my closet for a wonderful cause!
For more information about The Naked Grape, visit www.thenakedgrapewine.com and for more information about Clothes4Souls, visit www.clothes4souls.org.