// by Brittany M. Wright
The Handshakes & High Heels Networking Reception was held at the luxurious Omni Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville on July 23rd. The event was sponsored by the local tourist organization, Visit Jacksonville, and hosted by the International Pageants Group. In attendance were the beautiful contestants of the Mrs. International Pageant, the elite pageant for married women, which will hold their pageant ceremony in Jacksonville on Saturday, July 25th. Guests were able to mix and mingle with pageant contestants, enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres, and socialize with other high-profile business professionals in the Jacksonville area. Throughout the night, attendees were also able to bid on an assortment of fashion, beauty and spa packages during a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction benefited the American Heart Association. If ever there was an event made for the Jacksonville Magazine Tom Bush MINI Shoe Cam, "Handshakes & High Heels" was certainly it. Sequined gowns and sparkling crowns flooded the Omni ballroom, but it was the array of towering heels that kept catching our attention. The Shoe Cam could barely keep up with all of the night’s fantastic shoes, but we made sure to capture the best. On this night, there were definitely no runners-up in the shoe category, all of the ladies were winners.