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Leigh Jones Handal



Leigh Handal


Job title:  Director of Advancement

Employed by:  Preservation Society of Charleston

What I like most about my job:  I love Charleston, truly, truly love it, and I love being in a position where I can work to preserve all those things about the city that make me love it so. And I love sharing all the special things about our city with others.

As Mentoring Chair, my goals are to:  Help colleagues become the best advancement professionals they can become by connecting with others who have been to that rodeo before.

What I enjoy about serving on the board:  Seeing what color socks Tom Walker is wearing.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  Joy Simpson and Marc Edwards ran a tab.

I'm originally from:  Cheraw, South Carolina, the Prettiest Town in Dixie, est. 1730.  Population: 5,524, most of whom I am related to.

My hobbies include: All animal rescue, but I especially love rabbits. Christopher and I have rescued more than 100 bunnies since June 30, 1983.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  I’ve been married to the Best Guy Ever for almost 30 years (photo attached!) That, and I’ve been on John Travolta’s plane.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  Spend the week as a philanthropist, deciding how I wanted to donate a billion dollars to causes I believe in.  And if there were time left over, I’d hang up the laundry – just to prove it can be done if you’re really committed enough to the concept.