SOURCE: Soles4Souls Inc.

September 24, 2007 17:27 ET

Soles4Souls Opens New Distribution Warehouse in Virginia & Hires Michael Sanzi as Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship

NASHVILLE, TN and CONCORD, VA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - Soles4Souls Inc., the charity dedicated to providing free footwear to needy people around the world, announced today it has opened a new distribution warehouse in Concord, Virginia. This is the third warehouse for the footwear charity and will reduce the shipping costs for donors sending shoes from New England, the Upper Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic portions of the country.

"We have been growing very rapidly and needed another warehouse to accommodate the number of shoes coming in," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of the charity. "We also knew that opening a distribution point in Virginia would help lower the shipping costs for our donors in the North and East parts of the country, and we want to do everything we can to maximize our efficiency," he said.

Soles4Souls also announced the hiring of Michael J. Sanzi as its Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship, effective Monday, September 24, 2007.

"Michael will help us procure partnerships outside the footwear industry, and will be key to growing Soles4Souls into a household name," Elsey said. "We are proud of the growth we've achieved thus far and feel that Sanzi's experience with non-profit charities will help us expand to the next level," he said.

Sanzi has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations since graduating in 1995 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He and his wife, Cheri, have two teenage children.


Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of shoes, which will be used to aid the hurting worldwide. The organization has distributed more than 2.6 million pairs of shoes since January 2005 (or one pair of shoes every 28 seconds). Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate both new and "gently worn" footwear. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. For more information about Soles4Souls, please call (866) 521-SHOE, or visit or

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