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Since Bernard Leed opened his retail jewelry store in Lawrence in 1948, "philanthropic support of surrounding communities and organizations has been a cornerstone of Royal Jewelers' entrepreneurial spirit," according to the store. Most recently, Paula and Steven Leed teamed up with jewelry designer David Yurman to host an event with a portion of the proceeds going to AngelFlight Northeast.

Paula and Steven Leed recently presented Larry Camerlin, president of AngelFlight Northeast, with a check for $8,400.

Through a volunteer pilot network, AngelFlight Northeast flies people to hospitals, clinics and medical facilities for surgery, to receive treatment and for other much-needed medical care, completely free of charge. Based at Lawrence Municipal Airport in North Andover, AngelFlight Northeast is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization.

Royal Jewelers first became aware of Angel Flight Northeast and the services it provides through Royal Jewelers' affiliation with International Watch Co., whicho has been a long time sponsor of Angel Flight Northeast.

For Paula and Steven Leed, it is not only about supporting AngelFlight Northeast's mission of serving the interests of people in great need, but it is also in memory of their father, Bernard, who was an avid private pilot and began flying out of Lawrence Airport in the late 1940s.

"Our father loved flying," said Steven Leed in a release. "Had AngelFlight been in existence years ago, we know our father would have been a supporter and volunteer passing along his courage and compassion to those who need it."

"AngelFlight North East is honored to be associated with Royal Jewelers and is proud to count them as one of its corporate sponsors," stated Larry Camerlin. "We look forward to a life-long partnership helping those in need."

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