South Florida Business Woman Receives Prestigious Honor

Cheryl DeLeonardis, President and CEO of Ocean 2 Ocean Productions has been recognized as one of the “100 Outstanding Women of Broward County for 2011.”

She will be honored at a dinner on Thursday evening, May 12th, at The Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County have been selected for their extraordinary leadership in the business, community and philanthropic fields of South Florida.

A resident of Broward County since 1988, she was chosen for her extensive work with charities on both a local and national platform.   Throughout the event and sports industries her production skills have resulted in millions of dollars for charities.  On a national level she created both The Legends for Charity® event and the Pat Summerall Award which is given annually during Super Bowl Weekend and benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has enlisted top network sports executives to lend their name to the event.   She has produced tributes to some of the top sports broadcasters in the industry annually and in 2011 she became the first woman to honor a national sports network – The NFL ON FOX during Super Bowl. Her second national program, Marching for Hope® was created in 2008 and in two years has generated close to $200,000 for The ALS Association.

 In Broward County, through her involvement in the past eight years with The Dan Marino Foundation, she successfully introduced a new fundraising program which has resulted in over a half million dollars in additional revenue. She has also produced three events to benefit Nova Southeastern University Department of Athletics and each year puts together The Glenn Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting The ALS Association Chapter of Florida.  She leads the Public Relations for the landmark Restaurant Anthony’s Runway 84 and helps local non profits raise money through Runway’s Meatballs and Martinis “Charity Style” program.

The six time National Telly Award winner for her production skills was also honored in 2009 with the South Florida Influential Business Woman of the Year Award and in January of 2011 she was selected as a finalist for the Prestigious WISE Woman of the Year award.

Prior to opening her own business, as a volunteer, she created and spearheaded efforts for an event in South Florida, the “Night of Miracles” which ran for eight years and generated more than a million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.