“My dad is a true humanitarian, his heart is global. He has never let an opportunity to help anyone slip away. I could not have asked for a better teacher. ”
1999 – A Very Good Year!
Some years are magic, and 1999 was a banner year for Conair and for Lee Rizzuto. The mayor of Stamford, Daniel P. Malloy, recognized Conair’s fortieth anniversary by formally declaring October 9, 1999, Conair Corporation Day. The mayor was not just honoring the company, he was honoring the man. Wherever Lee Rizzuto took his company – Stamford, Connecticut; Edison and East Windsor, New Jersey; Hatboro, Pennsylvania – he brought with it his personal generosity. His support of schools, hospitals, foundations, and individuals was always given quietly. The event of Conair’s fortieth anniversary was a chance for one city to applaud a company that had contributed so much to its success, and to acknowledge some of the extraordinary kindnesses of its owner.
Sharing the Gifts
Lee doesn’t talk much about how he uses his gifts and his financial success to help others. But some of his good deeds are too big not to mention, especially St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The largest pediatric cancer and catastrophic diseases research center in the world was founded by Danny Thomas in the 1950s, and has an operating cost of over $1.4 million a day.