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Paul Mitchell Schools Bring Smiles to Seniors for Ann Bowler Day 2016

Six years ago, when Paul Mitchell Schools’ Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh lost his good friend Ann Bowler, he called upon the student-run Be Nice (Or Else!) Teams at the 100-plus cosmetology schools to hold “Ann Bowler Day” each December.

“Ann was 92 years old and an absolute joy to be around,” Winn said. “She was funny, witty, incredibly intelligent, politically and community active, and my best friend. During our time together, every time I asked Ann if there was anything I could do for her, her only response was, ‘Just be my friend.’ I was very saddened by Ann’s passing, and when my heart aches the only thing I know to do is to get busy and give back.”

“Of all the people I could have taken as my date to the 2009 Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising Gala, who did I want with me? My best friend, Ann Bowler,” Winn said. “She loved having her photo taken that night with John Paul DeJoria, Donny Osmond, Leeza Gibbons, and Larry King, and she was captivated by all the magic created by our Paul Mitchell Schools. I’m sure she would be very proud to see the magic our schools now create in her honor.”

For the 7th consecutive year, students and team members from Paul Mitchell Schools across America took time to visit nursing homes and senior centers, singing Christmas carols, bearing small gifts, and offering mini manicures and hairdos. They also made it a point to sincerely thank the nurses, doctors, and caregivers who look after these beautiful people. Most important, they gave the gift of their time, providing love and companionship to their new friends.

Here are just a few examples of the activities held by Paul Mitchell Schools for their 2016 Ann Bowler Day:

  • Several schools went Christmas caroling at local nursing homes.
  • Students and staff from Paul Mitchell The School Huntsville delivered homemade Christmas cards and spread Christmas cheer at a local nursing home. 
  • Paul Mitchell The School Sherman Oaks spent the morning doing manicures, haircuts, and most of all connecting with the residents of Silver Strand Care in Van Nuys, CA. "Not only was this an amazing opportunity for our Future Professionals to be Day-Makers, but our new friends at Silver Strand Care made OUR day," said Marketing and Design Team Leader Michelle Kalmus. 
  • The Be Nice (Or Else!) team from Bella Capelli (Monroeville), A Paul Mitchell Partner School, visited the Plum Senior Center, bringing love and light to people who often feel down around the holidays. Team Leader Taneisha O-Akornor said, "They really enjoyed having us and it warmed our hearts to be with them."
  • Paul Mitchell The School Modesto delivered Christmas cards and poinsettias to a retirement center, spreading smiles and joy.
  • Future Professionals from Paul Mitchell The School Provo offered manicure services and shared stories and laughs with the residents of Provo Rehab and Nursing center. "It was such a beautiful opportunity to give them the love and attention we know they deserve but might not always have access to," said Phase Two Brittany Troche. One of their most touching experiences was with Lyman, who kept shouting from his room to visit him. "As we filtered through, he kept counting the Future professionals and was thrilled as the number grew. He requested a Christmas song and we sang to him. Every Future Professional was filled with so much love when we left, and many asked to return that with the night school class. Huge shout out to Lacey: within 24 hours, she made another trip on her own to connect and visit with those she had just met. Lyman was no longer there, and as sad as it was, we were touched to know we sent him out with so much love."


See more photos in our Ann Bowler Day 2016 Facebook photo album

Written By: Gail Fink, Paul Mitchell Schools

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