Mother/daughter duo Catherine & Charlotte McMillan are longtime supporters of My New Red Shoes

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on April 16, 2012

Catherine and Charlotte McMillan, honorary co-chairs of My New Red Shoes Stiletto Strut 2012

Menlo-Atherton High School senior Charlotte McMillan just may be the longest serving student volunteer that the nonprofit organization My New Red Shoes has. She started on the ground floor, or rather the garage floor.

“My New Red Shoes founder Heather Hopkins used to live across the street from us, and I babysat her daughter Annie,” said Charlotte. “My job was to keep her occupied while the MNRS volunteers were sorting shoes in the garage. Sometimes we’d actually help out as Annie thought it was fun.”

Given that early involvement with the organization, it was a natural leap for Charlotte’s mother, Catherine, to select My New Red Shoes as a nonprofit that a new chapter of the National Charity League would support. “I was one of the founding board members of the Mid-Peninsula chapter,” Catherine recalled, who moved with her husband and family to Menlo Park in 1994.  “My New Red Shoes was the perfect philanthropic partner with its emphasis on hands-on volunteer opportunities. It was in sync with the mother/daughter focus of NCL.”

For their early support, the McMillans agree that they were honored to be asked to be co-chairs of this year’s Stiletto Strut, the MNRS fundraiser being held at Neiman Marcus at the Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday on April 28 at 10:30 am. “I was really flattered that Heather would think of us,” said Catherine. “I’m also proud of Charlotte who’s logged 225 hours of community service in the past four years through NCL. That includes virtually every My New Red Shoes event.”

Tickets to the Stiletto Strut, which go fast as attendance is limited, are available for $85 for individuals and $150 for mother/daughter duos. They can be purchased by contacting Sue Sutherland: or (650) 375-2651. At the event, there will be a presentation about mixing high end fashion with contemporary brands as well as a scavenger hunt around the store.

Charlotte’s NCL service is drawing to a close. In the Fall, she’s off to college. Given her interest in helping others, her choice is not surprising. She’ll be studying nursing at St. Louis University.

Photo of the McMillans by Irene Searles at Neiman Marcus

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