Scottsdale resident opens home to give back to community

Linda Herold, on left, with Sally Mackesy. (submitted photo)

Linda Herold — with the help of Sally Mackesy — opened the doors of her Scottsdale home to friends and family for a Heels for Healing Donation Party on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to support Florence Crittenton and its 9th Annual Heels for Healing and Diva Dash event.

Ms. Herold is a longtime supporter of Florence Crittenton and Ms. Mackesy is the Catering Sales Manager for The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, according to a press release.

The two decided to host the party to help the agency receive more designer heels and handbag donations to be sold at its 9th Annual Heels for Healing event.

Ms. Herold and Ms. Mackesy treated guests to wine, cupcakes and light hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The donation drive also featured a raffle where guests had the opportunity to win a massage or facial at Agave, The Arizona Spa, by making a donation.

Heels for Healing is a one-day shopping event taking place at Flo’s on 7th in Phoenix on Saturday, Sept. 30 where shoppers can find designer heels and handbags at discount prices with all proceeds benefiting Florence Crittenton’s programs and services.

Linda Herold and Sally Mackesy’s Donation Drive Party Donations. (submitted photo)

Before the Heels for Healing shopping extravaganza kicks off, a Diva Dash will be held at Flo’s on 7th, beginning at 8 a.m. The dash is a relay race, in high heels, for teams of up to four people, where competitors race for the chance to win a Diva Dash trophy and gift certificate to Flo’s on 7th.

Registration costs $25 per person and includes early access to the event’s shopping and a special tote that takes 20 percent off all heels purchased at Flo’s on 7th for an entire year, the press release stated.

Florence Crittenton was founded in 1896, with the mission to give every girl whose life we touch safety, hope and opportunity. The Agency has helped foster the recovery of girls and young women who have endured periods of victimization, chronic neglect, homelessness, poverty, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and/or mental instability.

Evidence-based programs and services provide housing, healthcare, education, counseling, and social support to young women and girls, ages 10-to-25, the press release stated. Additionally, Florence Crittenton holds the charter for the state’s first and only public, single-gender preparatory school, the Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona.

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Anyone with new or like-new shoes and handbags can drop off donations at: Flo’s on 7th – 4116 N. 7th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85013 or Florence Crittenton – 715 W. Mariposa Street Phoenix, AZ 85013

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