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Media Coverage of RUSD Alumni Giving Free Shoes To Villacorta and Giano Students

Sister Entrepreneurs Give Back to Hometown
Schools With Shoes For Students in Need Aug. 12
AUGUST 13, 2009 Two sisters remember what it was like to get a new pair of shoes for the first day of school – and the look on the face of the child who couldn’t. Ann Marie Smith and Monica Gonzales, co-owners of their Italian-inspired footwear company Aldabella Scarpa™, gave more than 125 pairs of shoes to children in need, to the hometown schools they attended in La Puente. On August 12, from 10 a.m. – Noon, the RUSD Alumni presented to more than 100 girls from Villacorta Elementary and Giano Intermediate the special “I Matter” shoe. 
**CHANNEL 7 NEWS COVERED THE EVENT -- It can be viewed at **
Designed by the owners’ 13-year old niece, the shoe given to the Villacorta and Giano girls features positive messages for girls like “Believe,” “Dream,” “Friends,” and “Hugs.”  
 “It is our goal at Aldabella Scarpa™ to give away 14 million pairs of shoes with the help of our customers,” said Smith, a former school teacher. “For every pair of shoes purchased, our company will give away a free pair to an American child in need. By teaming with schools in America’s poorest communities, our customers can help us make a big impact.”
       About Aldabella Scarpa: Aldabella Scarpa™ is an entrepreneurial endeavor by two sisters, in an effort to design the most fashionable and classic footwear and accessories with a purpose.  The products can be purchased through a number of international outlets. For more information, call: 626-858-3074 or visit:
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