2012 FUNraising Campaign - Special Editionby Paul Mitchell Schools on 8/2/2012
Dear Future Professionals and Industry Friends,
Coming to the Paul Mitchell Schools Caper in February blew me away for a million different reasons. I've visited many of your schools but Caper was brand new to me and I was overwhelmed by your energy, optimism, passion, and excitement. I was also amazed by the support you have for each other in your FUNraising campaign. While you root for your own school to raise as much money as you can, you also work together to do amazing things.
When you leave school and go into the workplace, it’s easy to forget all the things Caper gives you: feeling motivated, passionate, optimistic, and like you belong. It’s easy to get bogged down when you’re suddenly behind the chair, trying to build your clientele, questioning yourself, and having doubts. We all have days where we lose momentum and feel like we’re taking two steps forward and three steps back. The thing that’s always gotten me through is remembering why I got into the profession and what I love about it. Sometimes it’s the silly things that can make me happy, like walking in and smelling the salon. (I love the smell of hairdressing salons!) Or pulling out a mannequin head and doing the hair I want to do. Or really listening to a client, finishing the cut and color, and seeing that sparkle in her eyes. Knowing you’ve turned someone’s day around just has to make you feel good and remember you’re doing something great.
I truly believe that hairdressers have big hearts. We want to make people feel good about themselves, not just on the outside but on the inside, too. On a daily basis, we give to people — not just to our clients, but to people in need. You all deserve such a big pat on the back for helping so many charities and raising so much money. At Caper, when I heard your FUNraising goal, I could see on your faces that you thought it was a lot of money (it was!) — and you surpassed it. The joy of health, research, and kindness that your FUNraising dollars provide is really overwhelming and such an amazing thing. Thank you again for having me at Caper. It was very special to be there and something I will remember.
— Tabatha Coffey
Star of Bravo TV’s Tabatha's Salon Takeover and Tabatha Takes Over
Faith Maloney is one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and a consultant in all aspects of animal care there, including the Best Friends Clinic and adoption programs. In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year. Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets campaign created a grassroots effort to place “unadoptable” dogs and cats into good new homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through spay and neuter programs. Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to approximately 5 million a year.
Today, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Angel Canyon, Utah, is the nation’s largest animal sanctuary. It is home to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals from shelters and rescue groups around the country. Most are ready to go to good new homes after a few weeks of special care; those who are too old, sick, or traumatized find a haven at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
In the early days of Best Friends, Faith spent much of her day in the direct care and feeding of animals. These days, she devotes an increasing amount of time to helping people from all over the world who are starting sanctuaries themselves. On any given day, there is usually at least one group visiting Best Friends with plans to start a sanctuary or other local animal-care program. For those who can’t come and spend time at the sanctuary, Faith has produced manuals like How to Start an Animal Sanctuary, and she offers help and guidance on the telephone. She also writes articles on animal issues and animal care for Best Friends magazine and other publications.
Future Professionals and staff members from Paul Mitchell Schools have volunteered at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for the past few years, sending a team of 14 in 2009, a team of 80 for five days in 2010, and a team of 103 for five days in 2011. This year’s team is currently formProfileing, with plans to volunteer in August 2012. Paul Mitchell Schools also supported Best Friends through their 2012 FUNraising campaign, with a donation of $55,000.
Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Faith Maloney creates awareness for all animal lovers.
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Paul Mitchell Schools Raise $2.5 Million for Nine Charities
Glittering with gorgeous gowns and glamorous hairdos, the legendary Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globe Awards, rolled out the red carpet on May 7, 2012, for the Paul Mitchell Schools’ ninth annual FUNraising Gala. The event celebrates students and staff from the nationwide network’s 100-plus cosmetology schools, who spend three months a year raising money for selected charities. Generating $5–10 at a time with grassroots activities like cut-a-thons, hair shows, car washes, and casual days, the schools topped the $2.5 million mark this year, bringing their nine-year total to more than $8.5 million.
Hosted by Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh and singer/performer Marie Osmond, with Paul Mitchell Co-owners John Paul DeJoria and Angus Mitchell, this year’s Gala featured a galaxy of superstars representing their charities.
Along with the schools’ nonprofit Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, this year’s partners included Betty White (Morris Animal Foundation), Marie Osmond (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), The Nanny and Happily Divorced star Fran Drescher (Cancer Schmancer), comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley (No Limits), actress Kristin Bauer (Best Friends Animal Society), and Paul Mitchell Chairman and Cofounder John Paul DeJoria (Food 4 Africa). The Gary Sinise Foundation and Magic Johnson Foundation were also selected, with Gary Sinise recording a special video for the schools, and Magic Johnson paying a surprise visit to their two-day Las Vegas Caper event in February, where he thanked the audience of 2,500 students for their support. Even rapper and recording artist Snoop Dogg loaned his support to the campaign, recording a special message of encouragement for students and staff.
Throughout the evening, the Top 10 FUNraising schools were revealed and the winners of the “First 100” contest were acknowledged for being the first to raise $3,000 individually. One hundred Future Professionals and staff members won the opportunity to attend the FUNraising Gala plus a hands-on training the following day with leading artists and educators including Paul Mitchell co-owner and salon owner Angus Mitchell, NAHA winner Vivienne Mackinder, Paul Mitchell Artistic Director and Vice President of Education Stephanie Kocielski, school owner George Morales, and platform artist and educator Takashi Kitamura.
The first-ever Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation Compassionate Service Award was given to longtime volunteers John Turnage, Michaeline Re, Bill Waite, and Gail Fink. Citing their years of service, Winn said, “When we started the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation back in 2001 … we made the decision to run this foundation without spending any money. No rent. No salaries. No phone bill. Everything would need to be donated, including time, talents, and resources … But do not for one minute believe that the support and services we receive are not the very best, because they absolutely are … We work with the absolute best talents and professionals.”
“Not one celebrity was paid to be here,” Winn added, “including Natasha Bedingfield.” The Grammy nominee performed at the Gala, courtesy of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “And, thanks to our sponsors and ticket sales, the Gala itself was a FUNraiser, generating an additional $33,739 for the charities.”
An unexpected $18,000 donation from Supercuts added even more to the total. “They weren’t part of our campaign, but they wanted to support us,” Winn said.
FUNraising Gala Videos
Visit the Paul Mitchell Schools YouTube channel for more videos from the FUNraising Gala, including Betty White, Marie Osmond, Fran Drescher, John Paul DeJoria, Kathy Buckley, and more songs performed by Natasha Bedingfield:
Top FUNraising Schools
Throughout the evening, Marie Osmond, Betty White, Fran Drescher, Kathy Buckley, John Paul DeJoria, and Winn Claybaugh announced the amounts raised by the top 10 schools (award style, of course … “May I have the envelope, please?”) When they heard that the school in the tenth spot raised over $50,000, the audience knew the grand total would be huge — and it was! As an emotional Winn Claybaugh announced the final number and revealed the giant check, the audience screamed, cheered, and leaped to their feet for a standing ovation.
Nearly every school exceeded their goal of $15,000 this year, and most surpassed their previous records. Congratulations to this year’s top 10:
Our Generous Sponsors
Paul Mitchell Schools extend a giant thank you to the generous event sponsors who underwrote the 2012 FUNraising Gala. Because of their donations, the proceeds from ticket sales resulted in an additional $33,739 for the charities.
|John Paul Mitchell Systems||Blind Acre|
|Knutte & Associates||Paragon Press|
|Powell Dudley Frith Architects||International Site Alliance|
|PM The Source||Pantheon Student Solutions|
|John Paul Pet||Ultimate Face Cosmetics|
|Transglobal Technologies, Inc.||Fusion Graphics|
|Rozes, Gouveia & Company, LLP||Skyline Flower Growers|
|M. Andersen & Associates, LLC||Studio JPMS|
|Newmark Knight Frank|
Paul Mitchell Schools have a radical, unique, and inspiring approach to raising money for charity. When they started the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, its founders decided to run it without spending any money. No rent. No salaries. No phone bill. Everything would be donated, including time, talents, and resources. The foundation has stayed that way for over ten years, and to date, while some charitable foundations spend as much as 25% of their revenues for overhead, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation has spent less than 4%. “We don’t employ college kids who are humbly trying to get their foot in the door,” Winn Claybaugh says. “We work with the absolute best talents and professionals to run our nonprofit organization. Our heartfelt thanks go to the brilliant and dedicated people who donated thousands of hours behind the scenes to prepare this year’s FUNraising launch, conference calls, posters, flyers, Idea Book, support materials, Web site, and Gala celebration.”
- Brett Jarvis, meeting planner and event coordinator for our FUNraising Gala
- Bill Waite and his video and show production team, including Director Joel Swenson
- Stephanie Goldberg for her spectacular flower arrangements
- John Turnage for donating all of his accounting expertise for ten years to the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
- Michaeline Re for donating all of her time for ten years as legal counsel for the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
- Gail Fink for her hundreds of hours of writing and editing
- Nanette Bercu and her team at Studio JPMS for this year’s beautiful posters and graphics
- Molly Quirk for designing this year’s FUNraising Idea Book
- Liz VanScoy, Elizabeth Valenzuela, and Joe McInerny
- Blind Acre Media for developing our Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising Web site
Where the Money Goes
Because the schools exceeded their $2 million goal, each charity will receive even more than originally pledged.
An additional $100,000 will be donated to organizations that serve beauty industry-related causes.
“I am so grateful for the vision and compassion of the leaders who teach ‘magnified giving’ that reaches beyond the local area and out into so many communities! As one who has received $195,000 to date from Paul Mitchell Schools, I am truly grateful. As a result I can concentrate my time and efforts in actually providing the services to thousands of poor and homeless who come to our walk-in salon, rather than going around begging for donations. Also, the money helps us to continue our voucher program that provides hair care for children and the elderly who cannot come to our salon.”
— Sister Bonnie Steinlage, Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart
Funds raised by Paul Mitchell Schools in 2012 will …
- Feed over 10,400 orphaned children for a year through Food 4 Africa
- Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs, including Extra Life, Miracle Jeans Day, Dance Marathon, Telethons, and Radiothons, which are projected to raise $65 million for Children’s Hospitals this year alone.
- Enable wildlife researchers and veterinarians worldwide to respond quickly to urgent, devastating wildlife health issues through Morris Animal Foundation
- Support individuals and organizations that benefit hairdressers through the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
- Help salon professionals rebuild their salons and professional lives following the devastation of natural disasters through the NCA Disaster Relief Fund
- Provide basic hair care for 1,000 low-income and homeless children and adults and pay rent for Sister Bonnie’s Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart salon for a year
- Sponsor deaf children for one year in the No Limits National Theatre program, providing the services they need to thrive in the hearing world and helping them improve their communication skills and confidence while educating the community about hearing loss
- Support Cancer Schmancer’s new “Trash Cancer” program, which will launch 10,000 educational living room parties to teach people how to live healthier lives
- Help build custom-designed Smart Homes for our nation’s most severely wounded warriors while supporting active duty service members, veterans, first responders, and children and families of our fallen through the Gary Sinise Foundation
- Provide leadership development and training for scholarship recipients, improve health and wellness through HIV efforts for high school students, and enhance entrepreneurship training in Community Empowerment Centers through the Magic Johnson Foundation
- Help provide care and rehabilitation for the 1,700 animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, to help them find their forever home
Top Beneficiaries to Date
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals creates miracles by funding medical care, research, and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year and helps sick and injured kids at the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
“Leave it to the Paul Mitchell schools to exceed their FUNraising expectations on behalf of Children's Miracle Network. Big standing ovation to all of the Paul Mitchell Future Professionals, and thanks so much.”
— Donny Osmond, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
“I had so much fun co-hosting the FUNraising event at the Beverly Hilton. The enthusiasm of the Future Professionals in the room was huge, but not quite as big as the heart they put into raising $2.5 million this year. Except for Betty White calling me ‘pushy’ (lol, I love her!), I was so happy to be a part of it. Thank you so much for the $250,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. So, I think I’ll continue being ‘pushy.’ Keep it going, Paul Mitchell Schools. We love you!”
— Marie Osmond, Cofounder, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation helps animals enjoy longer, healthier lives. They advance health and welfare research that protects, treats, and cures companion animals, horses, and wildlife worldwide.
“When asked the secret to my longevity, I have often said that it’s because I live a life of gratitude. What the Paul Mitchell Schools have given to Morris Animal Foundation in the last two years makes it extremely easy for me to live that grateful life. How do we say thank you enough? I thank you, and the animals whose lives you’re saving thank you, too.”
— Betty White, President Emeritus, Morris Animal Foundation
Cancer Schmancer Movement
Cancer Schmancer Movement, founded by Fran Drescher, is an educational advocacy organization dedicated to saving lives through prevention and early detection of cancer.
“Paul Mitchell Schools are a shining beacon of what a responsible 21st-century company should exemplify. Their commitment toward philanthropy and the greater good is unsurpassed. As the founder and president of the Cancer Schmancer Movement, I am honored to be recognized as a recipient of their most altruistic ‘FUNraising’ effort. To be an attendee at their annual event and bear witness to these enthusiastic students who are not only being taught the skillsets for a career in cosmetology, but also the life lesson in the rewards of the gift of giving, is a breathtaking experience that I will long remember.”
— Fran Drescher, Founder and President, Cancer Schmancer Movement
Magic Johnson Foundation
Since 1991, the Magic Johnson Foundation has served and enriched urban communities nationwide. The foundation has evolved from an HIV grant-making organization to one that advocates for community-based organizations and supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS education, testing, and awareness work; minority college access; and digital literacy. Additionally, the foundation provides inner city youth access to social activities and outings such as professional sports events and holiday parties otherwise unavailable to them.
“Community is what I believe in; it is what the Magic Johnson Foundation stands for. Partnering with Paul Mitchell Schools on their FUNraising campaign shows what can happen when people truly work together and believe. There were so many amazing causes to support — we are humbled to have been a part. The Paul Mitchell Future Professionals are true leaders. They came together in the name of giving back and the results were out of this world!”
— Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Founder, Magic Johnson Foundation
Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. “Serving Honor and Need” is the cornerstone of the foundation, which is built upon its founder’s lifelong principles and longstanding commitment to be a citizen of action and to help the people who serve our country.
“I am truly impressed and deeply moved by the outcome of Paul Mitchell Schools’ FUNraising program. You’ve exceeded expectations not only by raising over $130,000 for the Gary Sinise Foundation, but an incredible $2.5 million for worthy causes across the world. Congratulations to each and every one of the students and staff for a job well done. I send you my deepest, sincerest thank you for your commitment to helping us honor and serve our nation’s defenders. God bless you all.”
— Gary Sinise, Founder, Gary Sinise Foundation
Food 4 Africa
Food 4 Africa strives to supply at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of South Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left countless numbers of orphaned children and where more than a million preschool children do not receive sufficient food.
“When Paul Mitchell and I started this company thirty-some years ago, giving back was important to us. Even though we didn’t have much to give at the beginning, we practiced that philosophy and our corporate giving grew from year to year. Who knew that once the Paul Mitchell Schools came on board, they would open up a whole new realm and involve thousands and thousands of student philanthropists? Our Paul Mitchell Schools and Future Professionals exemplify exactly what Paul and I dreamed of many years ago.”
— John Paul DeJoria, Cofounder and Chairman, John Paul Mitchell Systems
No Limits offers a one-of-a-kind national theatre group and an after-school educational program that enhance confidence and communication skills for low-income deaf children and provide underserved deaf teens with the leadership and academic skills to be college-ready.
“WOW!, WOW!, and WOW! (and that’s without a speech impediment). Future Professionals, you are AMAZING!!! Over $2.5 million! The Paul Mitchell family has made a huge difference with your FUNraising in blessing the lives of others. Here at No Limits, you’re giving low-income families and their deaf children hope, dreams to come true, and the confidence to have the determination to thrive for a better life. These kids work hard and it is people like you who give them the support to succeed. We cannot thank you enough, and we wish the same blessings and gratitude of love to you all. Yes, Michelle and I are still crying. What can I say? You’ve touched our hearts.”
— Kathy Buckley, No Limits
Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary.
“The core spirit of your organization is based on inspiring kindness and caring, and I’m very proud that Best Friends is part of the FUNraiser. Your generosity to us and the other charities is heartwarming and really humbling. Thank you for bothering to take the lead in affecting so many lives — those of your students as well as through all the charities.”
— Silva Battista, Cofounder, Best Friends Animal Society
“It is truly inspiring and heartwarming to see what a company can do for good. We see so many corporations not caring about the little guy, and Paul Mitchell Schools are a shining example of so much caring. Thank you for the example you set and the lives you save!”
— Kristin Bauer, Actress and Animal Activist
The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation honors a graduate whose struggle against mental illness ended tragically in suicide. The foundation helps cosmetology students, graduates, their families, and related organizations. Funds have provided educational opportunities, hurricane relief, and support in the fights against breast cancer, domestic violence, and other destroyers of self-esteem. Funds have also helped hairdressers and Future Professionals affected by natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the 2007 San Diego wildfires, and the 2011 tornadoes. The foundation also provides new salon professionals with educational experiences they probably would not otherwise have for many years to come, such as tuition and transportation to haircutting classes, a chance to assist backstage at a major fashion show, or a weekend educational retreat.
“In our entire history, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation has not paid one penny in rent, utilities, accounting, attorney’s fees, or salaries. All services, resources, and talent are donated by the best of the best in their fields. Through their generosity, all of our funds can be used to help Future Professionals, graduates, and the organizations we support, including Habitat for Humanity, the NCA Disaster Relief Fund, CUT IT OUT, Look Good Feel Better, Sister Bonnie’s Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart, and many other individuals and groups.”
— Winn Claybaugh, Dean and Cofounder, Paul Mitchell Schools
20 Artists and Educators Donate Their Time
In recognition of their FUNraising efforts, the top 20 schools will receive a day of education in their schools with the following artists and educators, who graciously volunteered to donate their time:
|Tabatha Coffey, star of Bravo TV’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and Tabatha Takes Over, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Chicago.|
|Beth Minardi, celebrity hair colorist, spokesperson for Joico Vero K-Pak color, and recipient of the 2010 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Salt Lake City.|
|Stephanie Kocielski, John Paul Mitchell Systems Artistic Director and Vice President of Education, will visit Paul Mitchell The School North Haven.|
|Robert Cromeans, John Paul Mitchell Systems Global Artistic Director, 6-time recipient of behindthechair.com’s Stylist Choice Awards Platform Artist of the Year, and proud owner of A Robert Cromeans Salons and Walkin Salons by Robert Cromeans, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Dallas.|
|Linda Yodice, Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color, NAHA winner, and Paul Mitchell School owner, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Arlington.|
|Vivienne Mackinder, 6-time NAHA winner, including 2005 Master Stylist of the Year and 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Certified Coach for NY Times best selling author John C. Maxwell, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Michigan and Vanguard College of Cosmetology (Baton Rouge), A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
|Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist and hair expert on TV’s What Not to Wear, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville.|
|Scott Cole, Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color, NAHA winner, and Paul Mitchell School owner, will visit Parisian Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
|David Wagner, world-renowned hairstylist, founder/owner of JUUT Salonspas (the original Aveda concept salons), and author of My Life as a Daymaker, will visit Paul Mitchell The School St. George.|
|Takashi Kitamura, filmmaker, photographer, platform artist, educator, and industry icon, will visit The Temple, A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
|Melissa Jaqua and Abe Barron, onstage education partners and co-owners of the San Diego-based salon Cut N Paste: A Hair Workshop, will visit Paul Mitchell The School San Antonio.|
|Angus Mitchell, co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Artistic Director of Education, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Gastonia.|
|Lucie Doughty, John Paul Mitchell Systems Editorial Director, Master Associate, and 2-time NAHA winner, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Fort Myers.|
|Kathy Buckley, gifted comedienne, award-winning actress, accomplished author, and renowned inspirational speaker, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Murfreesboro.|
|Colin Caruso, salon owner and John Paul Mitchell Systems color educator, will visit Paul Mitchell The School St. Louis.|
|Dean Banowetz, “The Hollywood Hair Guy” and hairdresser for American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati.|
|Ira Sage, director of A Robert Cromeans Salon in Las Vegas and platform artist with A Robert Cromeans Salon show team, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Lexington.|
|Maureen McCarthy, National Long Hair Trainer for John Paul Mitchell Systems, salon consultant for Hair Lines Inc., stylist at a premier Rhode Island salon, and co-owner of AVE advanced academy, will visit Paul Mitchell The School Louisville.|
|Donald Scott, John Paul Mitchell Systems Master Associate and creator of the Paul Mitchell Carving Comb and Twist Razor, will visit JZ Trend Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
FUNraising Success Stories
With nine years of FUNraising experience, the 16,000 Future Professionals and staff members from Paul Mitchell Schools really know what they’re doing! Using their 2012 FUNraising Idea Book and their incomparable creativity, they came up with thousands of events to raise money and awareness for this year’s supported charities.
Within the first few weeks, 100 Future Professionals and school staff members earned their way to the FUNraising Gala by raising $3,000 each, quickly bringing the FUNraising total to over $300,000. Paul Mitchell Schools’ Advanced Academy educators and Success Coaches traveled to countless schools to present incredible classes, collectively raising $226,789. Makeup specialist Debra Dietrich led the way, raising $90,148 by taking her “Trending Tour” hair and makeup class to 20 different schools during the three-month campaign.
Many schools held highly successful “ONE Events.” Similar to TV telethons, they involve Future Professionals and staff members tapping into their address books and social networks to ask family, friends, and associates to help them raise $1,000 in one hour. Last-minute ONE Events in the final days of the FUNraising campaign raised over $75,000, with some schools going way over their $1,000 goal. Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta raised $8,491 and The Temple, A Paul Mitchell Partner School raised $7,000 — in just one hour!
This year’s top FUNraiser, Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, made it to first place by holding lots of successful events, including team competitions, bake sales, and their annual walk-a-thon. Chicago Future Professional and “First 100” winner Danny McEvoy said he was inspired by the connection to this year’s causes. After hearing fellow Future Professionals describe their experiences with cancer, childhood illnesses, and other related issues, Danny said, “I could picture them in my head and it was one more person I wanted to fight for personally.”
Many school owners and directors went “above and beyond” to encourage their teams. Vanguard College of Cosmetology (Baton Rouge) Director Megan Babin attended the FUNraising Gala in a Swan Lake costume after promising to dress up if her school raised $40,000. JZ Trend Academy owners Jodi and Arnie Zahn sported freshly shaved heads because their school rose to the challenge and raised over $30,000. Other owners and staff members did everything from hosting surprise lunches and auctioning themselves off for a day to letting Future Professionals duct tape them to walls, throw pies in their faces, and lock them in “jail” until they raised bail for the cause.
All together, the hundreds of fashion shows for people and pets, prince and princess days, ONE Events, bowling parties, karaoke nights, bake sales, garage sales, cut-a-thons, casual days, lunch sales, holiday events, car washes, pet washes, and other fun ideas made this year’s FUNraising campaign the most successful yet!
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