Name: Laurie Elyse
What is your job? Design & Founder of Laurie Elyse Design, LLC
What social causes are most important to you? Animal welfare, arts and culture, environment, health science and medical research.
What charities do you support – and how?
TheNational Multiple Sclerosis Society: I produced a line of swimwear with a percentage of profits donated to them, as well as holding gallery functions with profits from sales going to the organization.
Musicares:My designs have been auctioned off to raise money for their cause, as well as donating percentage of the profits from custom furniture created with signed musician instruments/broken pieces/drumsticks.
TheMr. Holland Opus Foundation: They were the first charity that auctioned off a one of my chandeliers.
Hart (homeless animal rescue team): I have adopted my four legged kids (dogs) from them.
Do you have a passion for one in particular, is there a personal tie? I strongly support charitable organizations that are working toward finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed with the disease October 11th 2007, weeks after my 22nd birthday. So far I have lost the use of my right hand (I have no feeling & have a constant tremor), the vision in my right eye is very little, the feeling in about half my body never really came back and a long list of other things (some just plain embarrassing). I want to be cured in my lifetime or at least a treatment that will stop the progression, not just slow it down. I want not a single person more to be diagnosed and have to suffer.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? Give what you can, be it your time or money. Not everyone has time or money to spare, but at least try to look beyond yourselves and just enjoy the little things, not taking anything for granted.
How would you define social responsibility? Social responsibility is doing good and giving back, even if it is a little thing here and there. Everybody has the opportunity to do something everyday. Something as small as helping someone when they trip or giving up your seat to a person who needs it more.
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your charitable work?
The proverb I have tattooed on my left hip is about having hope while suffering and survival. I believe that however bad things get, tomorrow is a new day and a chance to start making them better. My best friend and I got this same tattoo as a celebration of sorts of surviving (me being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis after having an MS attack and her being hit by a car all within the same month) something that destroys most people.