Celebrity partners include Gary Sinise, Marie Osmond, Leeza Gibbons, Kate Bosworth, and more to benefit national and local charities
Paul Mitchell Schools kicked off their 16th annual FUNraising campaign on March 1, 2019, with a goal of raising $2 million for eight major charities and dozens of local nonprofits selected by individual schools across the country. National partners include:
Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “We believe that, as Shirley Chisholm once said, service is the room we pay for room on this earth, so it’s our job to make sure we provide opportunities for our students to give back as part of our curriculum. This year, we’re delighted to partner with eight amazing charities that work tirelessly throughout the world for a variety of causes. In addition, celebrity representatives play a personal and active role in motivating and encouraging our 14,000 future professionals as they raise money through thousands of grassroots events, from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls. This year’s celebrity partners belong to an elite group of wonderful stars who’ve supported us in the past, including Betty White, Magic Johnson, Dolph Lundgren, Dolly Parton, Larry King, Fran Drescher, and Vidal Sassoon.”
Last year, Paul Mitchell Schools raised $1.5 million, bringing their 15-year total to over $20 million. They proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $20 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 joy of making a difference.”
Claybaugh adds, “People often ask why we promote FUNraising in our schools. 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 5, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money. For tickets and details, visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org.
ABOUT THE SUPPORTED CHARITIES
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.”
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 and their FUNraising campaign have been supporters of the Gary Sinise Foundation from our early days. They’ve made a positive impact on so many military and first responder families. On behalf of these grateful heroes, I thank you.”
Emmy-winning TV host and bestselling author Leeza Gibbons, founder of Leeza’s Care Connection, says, “Simply put… we couldn’t be us without you. Thank you for your friendship, energy, ideas, and passion. I’m sure each of you knows someone who’s trying to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another life-limiting illness. Let’s be there for those families and show them that they are not alone. I love you all and am continually inspired by who you are!”
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 many 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.”