IT'S NOT ALL
HIGH HEELS & HANDBAGS
WE ARE EXTREMELY PHILANTHROPIC AND TRULY ENJOY SUPPORTING AND HOSTING IMPORTANT CAUSES
our signature event
RUNWAY TO AWEARNESS
Leal supports many causes. While we focus on women’s and children’s needs by donating merchandise, sponsoring fashion shows and presenting at fundraising events, Leal committed in 2010 to hosting “Runway to Awearness”, an annual fashion show fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer. Connie’s dear friend, client and “cousin”, Pat DiNunzio was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. Pat suffered for many months without a diagnosis. After her diagnosis, Pat realized she wanted to help other women who would have to suffer this same fate. She set up a 501c fund through the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. While the purpose of the fund was initially to help women recognize their symptoms and to provide “supplies” to help them navigate chemotherapy, the fund has grown to offer scholarships for oncology nurses, sponsor a room at Kobacker House, donate a therapy dog…. And the list grows and grows.
Pat and Connie immediately conceived of the “Runway” event to fund this endeavor. The first year we had two months to pIan and execute. We had almost 200 attendees. It’s been an annual event since 2010, always held in September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Leal dresses 10 plus models each year in 30 plus looks. All the models have been touched by this dreaded disease either as a survivor or as family or friend of a victim. While we lost Pat in 2014, this event continues through the support of her family and friends. The show celebrates all victories over this disease and is truly the highlight of the event. www.Patdinunzio.org
Leal is so proud to be a part of this wonderful mission and many others that support our clients and the people they love.