l, Carolyn Leff; will be more than honored to serve on the board for a second term as Secretary for The
Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation. I have known LeAnn for several years. She not only walked into my life,
but she also walked into my heart. It all started when she walked through those doors at the Arizona Republican Party Headquarters back when I worked there as an Office Manager and when she was running for Congress. That first encounter started an unforeseen friendship that has lasted a lifetime. She walked into the office as a candidate and she left as a lifetime friend. You just never know who will come into your life at any given moment.
Throughout my friendship with LeAnn- I had the honor and privilege of getting to know Andy Hull, LeAnn’s son. My fondest memory of Andy was when LeAnn was running for Congress and we all went to a neighborhood Back to School event at Metro Center Mall. Phoenix PD was there showcasing cops cars, Firefighters were handing out swag, and a whole bunch of other public servants was there too showing their professions off. Well, Andy is a typical teenager who went off and walked around the mall by himself. Well, I followed him and on our way past all the display tables. We stopped to take pictures of the Phoenix PD car that was there. I got into the backseat and Andy took the picture. We were just having fun posing different ways. Andy was full of life and had everything going for him.
Little did we all know that tragedy would strike many years after by the way of suicide. None of us saw this
coming until that one memorable day when Andy took his own life. It wasn’t until a few months after
Andy moved to heaven. That LeAnn, Craig, Mary, and I went to lunch and decided out of the blue that we
were right then going to start a foundation and call it: Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation with the phrase “You Matter” being our main focus. We had no idea if it would take off or not. We all took one giant leap of faith together as one. From that day on we never turned back and now years later we are stronger than ever. Our You Matter message is spreading worldwide and we are saving lives.
In conclusion; I am honored to be a part of a foundation that was started from a tragedy and to flourish
into a safe haven for many. Our You Matter message is universal to everyone no matter where you came
from and where you are going. Everyone wants to matter some way or another. I know I do.
After moving to Phoenix he began his long but successful journey of owning and operating Miracle Mile Deli at Park Central Mall. His restaurant was very successful as it was in the heart of the business district of Phoenix. For 28 years he “served” the community before selling his business in 2005.
His desire to continue offering the skills and talents that he acquired during his restaurant years were put to use through his service on many Boards and Commissions. The Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El, Solomon Schecter Day School, King David School, Jewish National Fund, Phoenix Opera, and Phoenix Sister Cities are some of the organizations where he offered his time and expertise. During 2010, Craig ran a US Congressional race which continued to open doors for him to apply his knowledge.
Currently he is the President of the Sunnyslope Kiwanis which impacts the lives of hundreds of kids through their many volunteer events. He is also a volunteer reader for Arizona Bookpals and reads in classrooms to two different Elementary Schools. Being on the Board of Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation will allow him the opportunity to continue to impact the community in a positive manner and leave a legacy of service.