Paul Mitchell Schools will kick off their 13th annual FUNraising campaign on March 1, 2016, with a goal of raising $2.5 million for nine 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:
Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “We’re delighted to partner with nine returning 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, Vidal Sassoon, and Leeza Gibbons.”
Last year, Paul Mitchell Schools raised $1.7 million, bringing their 12-year total to over $15.2 million. They proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $15.2 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.”
All Paul Mitchell School leaders will conclude the FUNraising campaign with a four-day training featuring guest speakers Magic Johnson and beauty industry icon Sam Brocato. The annual FUNraising Gala, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 15, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money. For tickets and additional details, visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org.
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.”
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!”