Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Joan Zimmerman and The Daring Dozen

Last week I devoted my Scene & Heard column in the Style section to the Stiletto Swagger, a fun part of Dress for Success Charlotte's annual Power Walk fundraiser at Freedom Park.

It had wonderful photos by Daniel Coston of the 12 successful businessmen who were invited to participate in the Stiletto Swagger where they promenade in heels in front of the Power Walk participants to raise even more dough for the nonprofit's programs that help disadvantaged women achieve economic independence.

The morning my column ran, I received the nicest email from one of favorite female business leaders, Joan Zimmerman. She has always been a strong supporter of Dress for Success Charlotte, and she was so taken by The Daring Dozen as she called them, that she donated $100 to the nonprofit for each of the participants. That's $1,200! I know they were thrilled when they found out.

If you're inspired by Joan's generosity, you have until June 15 to go to the event's donation page and make a donation to one - or all - of the 12 men who really put themselves out there for a good cause. Here's the link:


It's not every man who can step out of their comfort zone and step into a pair of heels, so it's great when they get a lot of support and a lot of donations.

The Stiletto Swagger dudes were:

Kendall Alley, Charlotte president for Wells Fargo; Louis Amico, president of L.A. Management Company; Tim Barber, a partner in King & Spalding; Charles Bowman, Charlotte president of Bank of America; Glenn Burkins, editor/publisher of Qcitymetro; Riley Fields, director of community relations for the Carolina Panthers; John Paul Galles, publisher of Greater Charlotte Biz; Tom Lane, the COO of the Center for Intentional Leadership; Garrett Lucas, an account executive with Adams Outdoor Advertising; Pete Marco, COO of Luquire George Andrews; Mark Miller, a senior vice president with Accenture; and Tim O’Connor, a senior vice president of First Citizens.

Let's hear it for the boys!

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