Lea Black

Lea thanks all of the people who showed up to support her gala.

on Sep 9, 2013

The Gift of Giving

I have found that my life is better when I make it about something bigger than and outside of myself.

Throughout my business life -- it has been about empowering people to do things they never dreamed possible. With my product lines it is always about affordable, practical products that produce clinical results and treating the customers the way I would want to be treated.

When it comes to a "cause" and raising money, it’s been about if I can make someone else's life better, easier, or more fulfilled -- then I have a responsibility to do it, because I am blessed and because I can. When I started raising money for "at risk teens" 19 years ago, it was because I saw how devastating it is to a family when someone goes to jail and recognizing that when kids who have no support and live a life based on their circumstances rather than possibilities, they sometimes have no chance of success, and good kids can resort to doing bad things. So second chances became a mission, and between me, Jason, and a hand full of volunteers (almost 20 years later) we've been able to keep thousands of kids out of jail and in school and offer opportunities that these kids never dreamed possible or even knew existed.