Kristen Sze, Master of Ceremonies
Kristen Sze has been with ABC7 News since 1998 and currently co-anchors ABC7 News at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Voted 'Best News Anchor' in 2011 by San Francisco BayList, Sze also won a 2002 Emmy Award for her work hosting ABC7's "Profiles of Excellence." In 1999, she won an Emmy Award for best Children/Youth Segment.
A resident of the SF Bay Area since early adolescence, when Sze is not anchoring, she's volunteering at her kid's school, rooting for the Cal Bears and the Giants, bargain-hunting or thinking about running.
My New Red Shoes was founded in 2006 to boost the self-confidence, quality of life, and educational experience of students in need.
Since 2006, we have provided more than 55,000 students living in poverty with the basic necessities of new shoes and clothing while working to build a stronger, healthier and more inclusive community for all children through civic service and learning opportunities for volunteers of all ages.
By meeting student's basic clothing needs, and enhancing their developmental assets, we are helping to boost school attendance, classroom and social inclusion, and the self-esteem and confidence of our community's vulnerable children and youth.
Over the last 10 years, our Fashion Show Fundraiser has raised more than $700,000 in support of our mission.
Heather M. Hopkins
Inspired to action by her mother's personal experience with childhood poverty, our founder, Heather Hopkins, started My New Red Shoes in 2006 to serve children like her mom - who suffered the childhood indignity of going to school in clothes and shoes that made her feel like "the poor kid" year after year.
Heather served as MNRS' Executive Director for two years and as the Board Chair for eleven. She was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2007 for her work with the organization. In 2015, Heather opened Toddle Flexible Preschool in Menlo Park and in 2017, helped launch Community Equity Collaborative, an advocacy group for equity in early learning on the San Francisco Peninsula. She is a member of San Mateo County's Child Care Partnership Council and an Advisor to All Five Preschool and the Listen First Project.
Rock the Runway is My New Red Shoes’ premier fundraising event. The inspirational event program will feature compelling speakers, including program recipients, agency speakers and a youth produced runway show.