Ron White is known for his amazing shoe designs, his stunning All Day Heels®collection, that feel as great as they look, and his fabulous boutiques, but he should also be known for his huge heart and his dedication to giving back. Seventeen years ago, Ron started his Annual Shoe Drive, which has since become the largest in Canada. Over the years, many of Ron’s celebrity friends have been there to show their support by donating signed shoes, including international stars such as Celine Dion, Matt Damon, and Kevin Spacey, as well as Canada’s own Jeanne Beker and Ben Mulroney, as well as CITYTV’s Dina Pugliese and Jennifer Valentyne.
On January 3rd, Ron kicked off this year’s drive at his Yorkdale Shopping Centre boutique with former MPP and current talk show host John Tory as well as stunning Supermodel Monika Schnarre. Monika is proud to be a part of the cause. “It’s such a simple thing to do and yet it helps out so many people,” she says. This year, Ron is happy to welcome some incredible new supporters, including actress Rachel McAdams. singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, comedian Russell Peters, as well as Canada’s own First Lady, Laureen Harper and Bollywood sensation and Top Chef host Lisa Ray. “I am amazed at the on-going need for winter footwear for people living right here in our own backyard! So many of us have that pair of shoes “kicking” around that we are done with but still have life in them – these are the shoes we want,” said CEO and Creative Director Ron White. “I strongly believe that our 2013 group of generous donors – from Rachel McAdams to Sarah McLachlan — will inspire others to follow their lead! So come on down and donate today!”
All of the footwear that is collected will be sorted and cleaned before being distributed to shelters and organizations in need. This year, the charity partners include Dress for Success, Streethealth, New Circles, Ve’ahavta, and our own local Halton Women’s Place. The Halton Women’s Place is an organization which provides shelter and crisis services for women and their children in the Halton Region.
Since its inception seventeen years ago, the Ron White Shoe Drive has distributed more than 30,000 pairs of footwear to women, men and children in need. And you don’t have to be a celebrity to help! Just bring your never worn or gently used shoes to any Ron White location from now until February 10th, including Downtown Oakville at 189 Lakeshore Road East, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Manulife Centre, and Bayview Village. And, when you make a donation, Ron White will give you a $25 credit towards any regular priced purchase at the store*. For more information on Ron White Shoes, please visit www.ronwhiteshoes.com, and find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RonWhiteShoes or follow @RonWhiteShoes on Twitter. For information about Ron White’s charitable foundation, please visit www.RonWhiteFoundation.com.
*Offer expires February 28, 2013. For details, please inquire in-store.