New York, NY – (December, 2006) – Mathew McConaughey, Betsey Johnson, Kelly Ripa, Christina Milian, Debra Messing, Romero Britto, Kelly Preston, Jessica Simpson and many more artists and celebrities put their artistic skills to work for UGG® Australia’s fourth annual Art & Sole Collection. Using the word ‘hope’ as their muse, the select group painted signature UGG® Australia Classic Boots creating one- of-a-kind pieces of art. December 1 – December 14, 2006, the hand painted boots will be auctioned off on www.uggaustralia.com.
Art & Sole is a nationwide program created by UGG® Australia to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. “Art & Sole is our opportunity to give back to a great cause like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and help to make a difference,” says Connie Rishwain, President of UGG® Australia. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, located in Memphis, Tenn., is the world’s premier pediatric cancer research center. Its mission is to find cures for children with catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Since its first edition in 2003, Art & Sole has raised more than $60,000 for charity by auctioning off boots that reflect the artist’s personality and dedication to charity. This year, Betsey Johnson created magenta studded boots and tattoo artist Tom Berg airbrushed his boots with a Southern California theme. Each unique and thoughtful design reflects the genuine enthusiasm to support this noteworthy cause.