As the owner of the highly-respected Michael Leonard’s Salon in Palm City, it’s no secret that he’s been a successful businessman on the Treasure Coast since 1992.
The only secret is how he finds time to do all the things with which he’s involved in the community.
Michael has three children currently attending The Pine School, but his relationship with the school goes back to when it was still St. Michael’s and he was a member of the Board of Trustees, helping to raise money for a new high school.
It was actually The Pine School that afforded Michael his first opportunity as a charity auctioneer – the person scheduled to perform the duty at the school’s annual fundraiser cancelled at the last minute, and Michael was asked to fill in.
Although nervous that he would bomb because of lack of experience, Michael wound up raising the most money in the history of the school.
This experience led to Michael’s participation in about 60 charity auctions, for such not-for-profits as Hibiscus Children’s Center, Treasure Coast Hospice and Junior League of Martin County.
Michael estimates that he’s raised in the neighborhood of $6-million at these auctions – and that’s a pretty nice neighborhood!
The New Jersey native has coached children – his own and others – in a variety of sports, including soccer, baseball, basketball and soccer, in such places as the “Y” and The Pine School.
Music runs through Michael’s life, as well. He’s a member of the choir of Palm City Presbyterian Church and he’s acted at the Lyric Theatre through StageStruck Productions.
And, since he his great love is working with children, Michael volunteers at Hibiscus, reading and serving lunch to them.
His sceret weapon is his wife, Kim – he says she willingly puts up with all the “stuff” he does, and he couldn’t do it without her backing, love and support, as well as that of children Michael, Gianna and Lucia.
Michael Izzolo says he’s been given so much, he wants to give back, and back, and back some more.