Paul Mitchell Schools Field 5th AIDS/LifeCycle Teamby How You Can Give Back on 6/30/2008
Team Paul Mitchell Schools 2008 Linda August Lucas Doney Mike Helm Emily Hilgendorf Dave Holland Brett Jarvis John Kanski Chris Matthews Sandy Matos Micah McDougle George Morales Miguel Orozco Mary Kate Saunders Shawn Trujillo James Webb Doug Worrall
Imagine spending a day riding your bike for 100 miles along Californiaâ��s mountainous coast. Then imagine getting up and doing it again the next day, and the next, and the next, and then for three more days after that. Thatâ��s exactly what Team Paul Mitchell Schools did for the fifth consecutive year. Sixteen intrepid cyclists spent the week of June 1 pedaling 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angelesâ��and they raised over $44,000 in the process!
Joining the riders were â��roadiesâ�� Dianne Ingram, Giulio Veglio, Denny Claybaugh, Winn Claybaugh, and Jenn Johnson. They kept the team well supplied all week long with snacks, hugs, and encouragement. They even did laundry to keep the team looking and smelling great!
This year for the first time, John Paul Mitchell Systems cosponsored the AIDS/LifeCycle event. â��Paul Mitchell and Paul Mitchell Beauty Schools were well represented, and the other 2,500 riders loved that we were there,â�� said Winn Claybaugh. â��Thanks to each of our amazing Paul Mitchell riders. You made us all so proud!â��
George Morales, who organized the team for the fifth straight year, said, â��As a society we have a lot to learn from a disease that does not discriminate against religion, age, or sex. AIDS is an equal opportunity destroyer, as humans are to each other. I do this ride for many reasons: personal growth, to raise awareness, and to help those in need of medical attention.â��
Overall, the event raised $11.6 million for the HIV/AIDS-related services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. Since its inception, AIDS/LifeCycle has raised more than $40 million for HIV/AIDS services. No other annual event raises more money in the fight against AIDS.