On Thursday, November 29, Red Sneakers for Oakley and E.A.T. (End Allergies Together) co-hosted the sold-out first annual fundraising event at Club Colette to support food allergy awareness and research toward a cure. Almost all of the attendees wore their “most spectacular red shoes or sneakers.” Over $220,000 was raised at this inaugural event.
Red Sneakers for Oakley was founded by Robert and Merrill Debbs after their son Oakley died from a severe allergic reaction to nuts at the age of 11 years. End Allergies Together (E.A.T.), a Greenwich, Connecticut-based organization, was founded in 2015 by Elise and Greg Bates, parents of a food-allergic daughter, with one urgent goal: to accelerate treatments and cures for the growing food allergy epidemic.