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"Latina Sole Sisters" Give Shoes and Inspiration to 300 Villacorta, Giano and Nogales High School Girls Aug. 20

Latina Sole Sisters” Give Shoes and Inspiration to
300 Teen Girls in Annual Aldabella Scarpa Shoe Giveback Event
Community Invited to Donate School Supplies
LA PUENTE, CA – Making a difference one pair of shoes at a time, “sole sister” shoe designers, Ann Marie Smith and Monica Gonzales, are returning to their hometown school of Villacorta Elementary in La Puente on August 20, 2010 at
10 a.m. for the annual Aldabella Scarpa Shoe Giveback event. This year, 300 girls from Villacorta Elementary, Giano Intermediate and Nogales High School will each receive a new pair of “I Matter” tennis shoes. The girls will also receive school backpacks donated by California Credit Union, along with free hair cuts from Super Cuts and additional treats. Aldabella Scarpa is enlisting donations from the community and their customers to make the event even bigger by providing needed school supplies. Donations are being collected at the Aldabella Scarpa store at 832 N. Grand Ave in Covina, CA 91724 or call (626) 967-0066.
             “We are thrilled to hold an empowering event for the 300 girls to show them there are people that truly care for them and are cheering them on to be the best they can be,” said Gonzales.
            The sister entrepreneurs were honored in June as “Retailers of the Year” by the National Latina Business Women Association, Los Angeles Chapter (NLBWA), that commended outstanding Latina businesswomen who have demonstrated financial success and commitment to the advancement of the Latino community.
            The Aldabella Scarpa Giveback event will feature guest speakers Josefa Salinas, successful author and Morning News Anchor from Hot 92.3 FM, and Thelma Garcia, President of Taco Nazo Corporation and this year’s NLBWA “Woman of the Year.”  Community booths include the “Street Crew” from Hot 92.3 FM, Taco Nazo, Hair Accessories by OMG, Rowland Adult and Community Education, and the RUSD Family Resource Center.
            The “Make a Statement” tennis shoes that each of the girls will receive were designed by the owners’ 13 year old niece to encourage confidence and self-empowerment with positive messages for girls like “Believe,” “Laugh” “Dream” and “I Matter.”
            “We grew up with parents who believed that making a difference in our world was very important, so we decided as a company, that with every pair of shoes purchased, we would give a pair of shoes to American children in need,” said Smith.
            Villacorta Elementary is located at 17840 E. Villacorta Avenue in La Puente.  Principal John Martinez at (626) 964-2385.  Villlacorta Elementary, Giano Intermediate and Nogales High School are all part of the Rowland Unified School District, proud to serve the communities of Rowland Heights, La Puente, Walnut, West Covina and City of Industry. For more information, call (626) 854-8352 or visit
            About Aldabella Scarpa: Aldabella Scarpa™ is an entrepreneurial endeavor by two sisters, in an effort to design the most fashionable and classic footwear and accessories with a purpose.  The products can be purchased through a number of international outlets. For more information, call (626) 858-3074, visit: or follow them on Facebook.
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