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"FUNraising 2017" Kicks Off March 1, 2017

Annual campaign partners with Magic Johnson, Gary Sinise, Marie Osmond, Fran Drescher, Leeza Gibbons, Dolph Lundgren, and more to benefit national and local charities  

Paul Mitchell Schools will kick off their 14th annual FUNraising campaign on March 1, 2017, with a goal of raising $2 million for 10 major charities and dozens of local nonprofits. Students and staff members from the 100-plus cosmetology schools will spend 11 weeks raising money for this year’s supported organizations:

  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, represented by Donny and Marie Osmond
  • Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation
  • Magic Johnson Foundation, represented by Earvin “Magic” Johnson
  • Gary Sinise Foundation, represented by Gary Sinise
  • No Limits, represented by comedian/motivational speaker Kathy Buckley
  • Food 4 Africa, represented by John Paul DeJoria
  • Thirst Project, represented by Eden Sassoon and Seth Maxwell
  • CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), represented by Dolph Lundgren
  • Leeza’s Care Connection, represented by Leeza Gibbons
  • Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation

Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “We’re delighted to partner with such incredible charities that work tirelessly throughout the world for a variety of causes. Each celebrity spokesperson plays a personal and active role in motivating and encouraging our 13,000 future professionals as they raise money through thousands of grassroots events, from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls. Our celebrity partners belong to an elite group of wonderful stars who’ve supported us in the past, including Betty White, Dolly Parton, Larry King, and Vidal Sassoon.”

Last year, Paul Mitchell Schools raised $1.5 million, bringing their 13-year total to over $16.7 million. They proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $16.7 million has been less than 4%, an amazingly low amount compared to the national average of 25%.

“We consider it a serious responsibility to be good stewards of the funds we raise,” Winn Claybaugh says. “We work hard to keep the costs low while showing our students the importance of making a difference.”

“People often ask why we promote FUNraising in our schools,” Claybaugh says. “Nowadays, it is so easy for businesses to focus only on the money that goes into their own pockets. That is not us. Our FUNraising campaign lets us give back to our communities, join together as a team for something important outside of work, and provide our students with opportunities to develop skills that will help them both in their careers and in life.”

The annual FUNraising Gala, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 21, 2017, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money. For tickets and additional details, visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org.

Related Links

Info & Gala Tickets: www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org

To Donate: www.andrewgomez.org/fun2017 

YouTube 2017 FUNraising playlist: http://bit.ly/2iOnZTT

13-Year FUNraising History: https://youtu.be/Cksc8gErtA4


About the Supported Charities

Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation was founded to honor a successful Paul Mitchell School graduate whose struggle against mental illness ended tragically in suicide. The foundation helps cosmetology students, graduates, their families, and cosmetology-related enterprises. Funds have provided educational opportunities, hurricane relief, and support in the fights against breast cancer, domestic violence, and other destroyers of self-esteem.

Cancer Schmancer Movement, founded by Fran Drescher, is an education and advocacy organization dedicated to saving lives through prevention and early detection of cancer. By empowering ourselves and the people we love to become medical consumers, listen to our bodies, ask the right questions of our doctors, and seek second opinions, we can prevent cancer and, if we still end up with it, detect cancer in its earliest stages.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many sick and injured children as possible.

CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) aims to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. 

Food 4 Africa is committed to supplying at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of Southern Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left more than 11 million children orphaned. There are currently 3.9 million orphans in South Africa. Of these, approximately 2 million have been orphaned as a direct result of AIDS, and countless others have been orphaned as an indirect result.

Whether building custom Smart Homes for severely wounded heroes, hosting festivals at military hospitals, or supporting families during times of urgent need, the Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving and honoring America’s defenders.

Leeza’s Care Connection is a nonprofit organization offering free services to help families facing Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses. Our mission is to create resourceful and resilient caregivers through innovative programs that offer education, support, and wellness.

Magic Johnson Foundation supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS awareness, college access, and digital literacy.

No Limits is the only program in the world that teaches low-income deaf children the skills to succeed in school and in life through its national theater program and after-school educational centers that enhance their confidence and communication skills while providing the leadership and academic skills to be college ready. No Limits educates parents to be advocates for their deaf children and shows that they have the potential to go farther than they can imagine. 

Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization. In just seven years, Thirst Project has mobilized more than 400,000 students and young people who funded over 1,800 water projects in 13 countries, giving more than 300,000 people access to safe, clean drinking water.


A Word from Our Charity Partners

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals co-founder Marie Osmond said, Paul Mitchell Schools have been an amazing partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for more than 14 years. The dedication and passion of students and staff alike is inspiring and we are grateful for the more than $1 million they have raised for our 170 children’s hospitals. On behalf of the 10 million kids treated each year at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, thank you for putting your all into this year’s FUNraising campaign.”

Fran Drescher, TV’s “The Nanny” and star of Happily Divorced, returns for her fifth year of FUNraising on behalf of Cancer Schmancer Movement, which she founded to help ensure that women’s cancers be diagnosed while in stage 1, when they are most curable. “Paul Mitchell Schools are a shining beacon of what a responsible 21st-century company should exemplify,” she said. “Their commitment toward philanthropy and the greater good is unsurpassed.”

Actor Gary Sinise, known as Forrest Gump’s Lieutenant Dan and CSI: NY’s Detective Mac Taylor, returns for the fourth year with his Gary Sinise Foundation, which helps build custom “smart homes” for severely wounded veterans. Gary said, “Paul Mitchell Schools’ support has made a positive impact on so many military and first responder families. On behalf of these grateful heroes, I thank you.” 

Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, also returns for the fourth year. Magic says, “Partnering with the Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising campaign shows what can happen when people truly work together and believe.”

Radio and TV personality Leeza Gibbons, founder of Leeza’s Care Connection, says, “There are some relationships that just change everything. That’s what happened when I first met the phenomenal students of Paul Mitchell Schools. Without their support and friendship, we never could have offered our free service to so many families who need help while bravely battling Alzheimer’s and other diseases. I'm so proud of what we’ve done together!

Deaf comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley has long been a friend to Paul Mitchell Schools, appearing at their annual Las Vegas Caper educational retreat for the past several years and speaking at numerous schools throughout the country. Representing the No Limits afterschool theater program for deaf children, Kathy says, “Paul Mitchell Schools have given our kids the wings to soar and reach new heights. Many deaf children feel alone and isolated, but your support lets them believe in themselves and confidently overcome the challenges they face. Your life-changing contributions have given these children and their parents the priceless gift of hope. We can never say thank you enough for that.”

Actor, director, producer, and martial artist Dolph Lundgren appeared at last year’s FUNraising Gala as a spokesperson for CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Known for his roles as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, He-Man in Masters of the Universe, and Gunner Jensen in The Expendables, Dolph also co-starred in the 2014 film, Skin Trade, an action thriller about human trafficking. Dolph says, “Thanks, Paul Mitchell Schools, for helping me and CAST fight human trafficking worldwide!”


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Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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