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Jazz Duo Tuck & Patti to Perform at Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising Gala

With their annual FUNraising campaign drawing to a close, Paul Mitchell Schools are gearing up for a spectacular celebration featuring the award-winning husband-and-wife jazz duo  Tuck and Patti and a galaxy of celebrity superstars including Magic Johnson, Marie Osmond, Fran Drescher, Sara Rue, Danny Trejo, Ricky and Andrea Schroder, and Kathy Buckley.

Hosted by Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh and actress/producer/author/cancer activist Fran Drescher, the FUNraising Gala takes place May 4, 2014, at the renowned Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globes and other spectacular red-carpet affairs. In past years, musical performers at the Gala have included Donny and Marie Osmond, Sara Evans, Natasha Bedingfield, and an impromptu song by Gala guest Dolly Parton.

Funded entirely by sponsor donations, the Gala will reveal this year’s fundraising totals and top fundraisers while celebrating all 109 schools in the nationwide network for their efforts in the annual three-month campaign. 

In the past 10 years, students and staff from Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools have raised over $11.2 million for worthwhile organizations. Their grassroots, dollar-by-dollar “FUNraisers” include everything from car washes and cut-a-thons to glamorous runway hair and fashion shows that give the budding stylists a chance to use and show off their skills. This year, the network has an ambitious goal of $2.5 million.

“In the eleven-year existence of the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation and our ten years of FUNraising, every dollar raised has gone directly to the charities,” Claybaugh says. “We have no overhead: no salaries, no rent, and no utilities. Our accountants, attorneys, and board of directors all donate their time. Even the money raised through our FUNraising Gala ticket sales goes directly to the charities, thanks to our generous sponsors who cover the costs. Most important, our FUNraising expenses are little to none: the cost incurred in raising the $11.2 million has been an amazingly low 2.39%, especially compared to the national average of 25%. In other words, we don’t spend $100 trying to raise $200!”

This year’s recipients include Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Morris Animal Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Food 4 Africa, No Limits, CAST, ELSA, Wells of Hope, and the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.

To learn more about Paul Mitchell Schools’ FUNraising activities, celebrity partners, and charities, please visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org.

About Tuck and Patti

Over a career of jazz, R&B, and crossover recordings, husband-and-wife duo Tuck & Patti produce a remarkable amount of music, especially considering that the duo rely on the textures of only guitar and voice. Tuck Andress was born in Oklahoma and studied classical guitar at Stanford University before traveling to Las Vegas to audition for a show band in 1980; also there was Patti Cathcart, a San Francisco native who was classically trained in the Bay Area. The two hit it off immediately, and began to perform as a duo around California beginning in 1981. They were married in 1983, but resisted recording contracts so they could cement their unique sound. Finally, in 1987, Tuck & Patti signed to Windham Hill Jazz, recording albums for the label in 1988 (Tears of Joy), 1989 (Love Warriors), and 1991 (Dream). Tuck Andress also released several solo albums for Windham Hill, and the duo signed to Epic in 1995. Tuck & Patti's first album for Epic, Learning How to Fly, alternated Cathcart originals with several covers of contemporary standards.

When he plays his guitar he's her band — the drums, bass and castanets — yet he plays alone and never switches instruments. When she sings, her melodies can speak with a quiet eloquence or get so funky they virtually shimmy to the groove. On stage, they're each other's inspiration, two creative forces challenging one another to stretch their musical boundaries.

Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart waited until the music industry was just about to choke on its own synthesized, mechanized aesthetic, then came out swinging — literally. The stunning guitar/voice team was rewarded with awestruck audiences, a record deal, countless TV appearances, and a Bay Area Music (Bammy) Award for best jazz album (Love Warriors, their second as a duo). All this, incredibly, without so much as a nod to formulas.

About Paul Mitchell Schools

At Paul Mitchell Schools, we believe that education is an adventure and the learning experience needs to be fun. Our learning leaders are trained to draw out the artist in every student and prepare them to succeed in both their chosen careers and their lives as globally aware and community-conscious contributors. Through our annual “FUNraising” campaign, we’ve raised and donated over $11.2 million in support of many charitable causes. We’ve built homes with Habitat for Humanity, fed thousands of African orphans, and supported the victims of AIDS, breast cancer, homelessness, abuse, and hundreds of other causes.

Established over 30 years ago, the Paul Mitchell network is nearly 100,000 salons strong and in 81 countries worldwide; every professional hairdresser knows the Paul Mitchell name. Now, with the arrival of Paul Mitchell Schools, we’ve taken the world of cosmetology education by storm! Visit www.paulmitchell.edu to learn more.


Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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