Leo, as general manager of Sullivan's Steakhouse, has been involved in many community causes. In his words:
Start with CALEF, which is Capital Area Law Enforcement Foundation, which we started after the police shootings here in Baton Rouge. We raised almost $340,000 already. We buy equipment for 8-9 different police departments around. If you think about what they have and what they don’t have, it’s just mind boggling. Cystic Fibrosis is a big one. I’ve held the Cystic Fibrosis Wine Opener here for 10 years. Last year we were able to get a $1.5 million check. I’ve done Hunks in Heels this year, I dressed as a Sullivan’s girl with high heels and fishnets. I decided after walking in heels for the girls not to wear high heels in the restaurant anymore if they’re working doubles. I’ll be honest with you- that kind of did me in, being on their heels for 3 hours, I was like “How the hell do we make those poor girls wear that?” I mean, they love me for that, but it took me 14 years to crack, changed my way of thinking. Then we also have Big Buddy, which is huge for me. Ever since I danced for Big Buddy and got to know Leonard Augustus was a big influence in my life. He’s incredible. Knowing how important it was to help those kids realize that there’s an opportunity if they want to take it. I’ve done so many things for them, it’s absolutely incredible. The LRA, Louisiana Restaurant Association, was part of the founding group that started the Epicurean Society here in town. So, I was part of that group for 6-7 years. You know, any time I can give back. The Hope something with Lee something and those guys, to stop child trafficking and everything that is going on, which you would never believe is that bad, but it really is that bad in our community. It’s here. I-10 I-12 corridor is crazy. Couple of hotels down Siegen and Essen, it’s happening all the time. I just think that the more you give. The Cancer Ball, I’ve been involved with them forever. Last year I received an incredible award in the name of Ms. Julie Dickinson. Julie passed away a couple years ago, and they gave me an award for community involvement.
The more you give, the more you’ve been blessed. You get involved because it’s the right thing to do.