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2019 Soles of Love



Now in its 9th year, Soles of Love in the Garden is our highly anticipated signature charity event. Once again, this year’s gathering will be held at the newly renovated property of our founder, Julie Gaver, at Meadow Branch Farm in Myersville, MD. Come and be part of a relaxing evening of friendship, conversation, music, and community while meandering through the Gavers’ serene country property. Guests are asked to donate all the new children’s shoes their heart will allow which are distributed throughout Frederick and Washington Counties.


The theme this year is based on the beloved story “The Secret Garden.” In the words of Author Frances Hodgson Burnett, “And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”  Our theme this year celebrates miracles that bloom when we are in community with one another and care for those in need.


Attendees are invited to wear anything floral to symbolize every child’s right to bloom.



As part of the Must Love Shoes community, women from all over the region have connected while doing something for the greater good.


First Bloom


This year, we are paving the way for our future women doers and leaders! “First Bloom!” An additional Soles of Love inspired event focused on raising up young girls to be givers and supporters of their sisters in need.


This inaugural gathering is open to girls in elementary and middle school accompanied by a mom, grandmother, or female adult mentor. A smaller, more intimate version of our Friday night adult gathering, First Bloom youth attendees will also be asked to donate shoes for their fellow classmates and experience the satisfaction of philanthropy at an early age.


Attendees are also invited to wear anything floral.



Join us to make a difference.


Many local families struggle each year to provide shoes for their children to wear in the upcoming school year. Wanting children to know the excitement of a new pair of shoes when school starts, combined with wanting people to come together to feel love and connection resulted in our signature event, held every summer in Julie’s beloved gardens at her family farm.




A special thanks to our 2019-2020 sponsors.

Stiletto Sponsors

Platform Sponsors




Amy Clapp
Betsy Cowpertwaite
Joan Wicks
Marlene Young, Glad Heart Productions
Putman Plumbing
Susan Bowen

Mary Jane


Anita Moore, Copywriting Consultant
Deer Spring Designs by Stephanie Sullivan
Dr. Jennifer Bell, Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantc
P’ZZAZZ Custom Upholstery & Fun Stuff
Tammie Workman and Chris Colville

Flip Flop


Amanda Stalbaum
Debbie Eagling
Doris DeLauter
Edie Wennick
Esther Bowman
Evelyn Zimmerman
Gloria Grove
Jacqui Kreh
Jan Tuck
Katherine Diggins
Karlys & Tom “Klynch”
Kristi Hallman
Lee Fuhr, Frederick Children’s Chorus
Leesa Ruderman
Linda Morgan
Lisa Brandenburg
Lori Benedetto
Lori Ermi
Marj Berkheimer
Mary Anne Burke
Mary McCormack
Nancy Randall
Nancy Wynne, Frederick Women’s Civic Club
Patricia Szymanski
Peggy Waxter
RAW Designs, LLC
Renee Hyrkas
Robin Rose
Robyn Bramhall
Sarah Kurtanich, Taste Frederick Food Tours
Sandy Sponaugle
Susan Thomas
Therese Boucher, EVER Skincare
Tonya Hatosy-Stier
Tracy Grubb, Real Estate Teams



Cullember Photography
Love & Dishes Catering
On the Town Limousines
Szemere Photography
The King of Christmas
Valley Graphic Services
Wizer Productions