April 10, 2014
In Christy's Shoes
Katrina Zidel’s twin sister Christy loved a great pair of shoes. “She had an amazing shoe collection,” Zidel says. “She was not afraid to wear the brightest and craziest things.” After Christy passed away in 2007 at age 33 from brain cancer, Zidel and two friends started In Christy’s Shoes, an organization that puts on a shoe fashion show each year in honor of Christy. “I thought, ‘There’s no way I can go through every year without talking about her and connecting with her,’” Zidel says. “We wanted to remember the things about her and what she loved.”
In its 6th year, the event has raised more than $200,000 and has even expanded to the D.C. area, where co-founder Jacki Barnett now lives. “The goal is to do this in as many states as we can to continue raising awareness and money to help empower women and fuel our mission,” Zidel says. Money raised benefits both Dress for Success Columbus and Zusman Hospice, a facility where Christy spent the last six months of her life.
This year’s In Christy’s Shoe’s event is happening on Thursday, May 8 at the Walter Commons at St. Charles. It begins at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $60 per person. To learn more about the event or Christy’s story, visit InChristysShoes.org.
—Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley
Photo courtesy Katrina Zidel
Photo caption: In Christy’s shoes co-founders Becky Sweeney, Katrina Zidel and Jacki Barnett