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June 2011: Magic of Memories Special Editionby Paul MItchell Schools on 6/30/2011
Dear Future Professionals and Industry Friends,
I’ve been asked to write this message because my school raised over $101,000 in the 2011 Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising campaign. I have to admit, by the end of the campaign, I had moments when I felt tired and started questioning the whole idea. I mean, does it really do anything? Why can’t we do it at another time of year? After all, we just finish with Caper and then we go right into FUNraising for over three months. The team’s excitement has to be at a constant high, and that’s difficult to maintain. How do I ask them to keep giving and stay excited when I have trouble myself?
Then I think of the 8,000 AIDS orphans who receive three meals a day for a year as opposed to one meal every three days. I think about the community that wouldn’t have a Leeza’s Place to help family members of an Alzheimer’s victim. Or the family whose child might die or whose life would not be as full if we didn’t contribute to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I ponder about the animals that would suffer or die because Morris Animal Foundation could not fund their research into lifesaving and life-enhancing treatments and therapies. How about the young mother who might lose her life because she didn’t hear about the symptoms of cancer through Cancer Schmancer? How can I take away the lifetime memory of a young Future Professional who got to work with their heroes, Robert Cromeans, Angus Mitchell, Stephanie Kocielski, or Winn Claybaugh, at an event? Last but not least, I think of how many books $100,000 can buy so children can learn to love to read.
Suddenly, I’m not so tired anymore. Suddenly, I can see the faces of people we help all over the world, and mainly those people in our own schools who learn that our way is to help others live life to the fullest with the best opportunities. Suddenly, I’m charged up for another day of FUNraising and getting my team excited so they can get the Future Professionals excited.
What an awesome thing this FUNraising campaign is! We have now raised over $6 million to help others, without large administrative expenses or salaries that other charities have.
We may never get to see those we help, yet our lives are much fuller because we help without expecting anything in return. That’s why so many people give freely to this cause: they believe they’re making a difference in this world, and that feeling can’t be matched. I am so blessed to be part of a network that cares so deeply and goes beyond the normal to experience the extraordinary!
— John Turnage
Owner of Paul Mitchell The School — Dallas
This month’s audio message comes from James Morrison, cofounder and co-owner of the multimillion-dollar salon and manufacturing company TONI&GUY/TIGI USA. James’s inspiring message about his September 11 experience, his individual discoveries, and his hopes for the future is especially relevant today in the wake of the recent hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquake, and tsunami that have devastated parts of America and Japan.
Immediately after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, James joined My Life as a Daymaker author David Wagner and Winn Claybaugh for the “Be Nice, Balance, and Daymaking Tour for Hurricane Relief.” James is a shining example of the difference one person can make.
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Paul Mitchell Schools Raise $1.7 Million for 9 Charities
“Once again, it looks like no one told our Future Professionals about the bad economy, because they raised $1.7 million for charity in our three-month ‘FUNraising’ campaign,” said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. The results were announced at the schools’ annual Magic of Memories Dinner on May 1 in Newport Beach, CA. Now in its eighth year, the annual campaign topped last year’s high, bringing the overall grand total to over $6 million.
Each year, the nationwide network of cosmetology schools chooses charitable organizations to support, raising an average of $5 to $10 at a time with grassroots events like cut-a-thons, hair shows, car washes, bake sales, and “Casual for a Cause” days.
“As you can imagine, it takes a whole lot of those little donations to add up to $1.7 million, but we’re committed and consistent,” Winn said. “There’s something going on every day inside our Paul Mitchell Schools. This is not a sprint; it’s a three-month marathon.”
The annual campaign culminates in a gala celebration, with superstar celebrities on hand to represent their charities and help announce the final results. This year’s special guests included Betty White, representing Morris Animal Foundation; Dolly Parton, for Imagination Library; Donny and Marie Osmond, on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; Leeza Gibbons, who shared co-hosting duties with Claybaugh and represented the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation; and John Paul DeJoria, Chairman and CEO of Paul Mitchell, representing Food 4 Africa. Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation was also chosen this year, and Fran was a huge hit with her surprise appearance to thank the 2,500 Future Professionals attending their big Caper event in Las Vegas in February.
“People often wonder why we’re involved in FUNraising,” Winn says. “Yes, we teach the skills needed for a successful career, but we also teach the skills needed for a successful life. Giving back is a cornerstone of our philosophy.”
Star-Studded Celebration Includes Betty White, Dolly Parton, Donny and Marie Osmond, Leeza Gibbons
Highlights of the evening included Donny Osmond singing “Puppy Love” to an adoring Betty White; Marie Osmond singing a heartfelt tribute to her late son Michael; Dolly Parton inviting everyone to join her in an impromptu a capella version of “9 to 5,” and the announcement of the top ten FUNraising schools. This year, Paul Mitchell The School — Dallas set a new benchmark, topping the $100,000 mark to take first place.
Winn proudly notes that all money raised in the campaign goes directly to the charities. “All of our partners graciously appeared in support of the foundations they represent,” he said. “Not one celebrity is paid to be there, including Donny and Marie, who generously entertained at the dinner and at our February event, along with members of their band.”
Even the dinner is a FUNraiser, Winn adds. “We have incredibly generous donors who sponsor the dinner and provide goody bags, and we sell tickets. This year we had a surplus, which of course we had to give away!” The extra $25,000 went to No Barriers, a nonprofit organization started by Erik Weihenmayer, best known as the blind man who climbed Mt. Everest.
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for one of the sweetest moments in musical
history as Donny Osmond steps into the
audience to serenade Betty White at the
2011 Paul Mitchell Schools Magic of
Paul Mitchell Schools Donate $106,250 to No Limits
Graduate of Hearing-Impaired Theater Group Featured on Glee
At their biannual owners Summit held the same weekend as the Magic of Memories Dinner, Paul Mitchell School owners raised an additional $106,250 for deaf comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley’s organization, No Limits, which provides educational programs and accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The school owners raised the money in one day, through a silent auction in which numerous owners and educators donated a day or more of education, and renowned artist Vladimir Prodanovich donated a painting valued at over $7,000.
During her Summit presentation, Kathy showed a clip from the popular TV show Glee, in which deaf singer and No Limits alumnus John Autry II performs John Lennon’s “Imagine.” As the clip ended, the real-life John Autry joined Kathy on stage and performed the song again, to the delight and surprise of the assembled school owners.
“John is the reason we have No Limits today,” Kathy explained. At the age of seven, John began working with Michelle Christie-Adams, a highly qualified teacher dedicated to bringing speech to deaf and hearing-impaired children. When she discovered how much John loved music and performing, Michelle started the No Limits theater group especially for him.
Winn Claybaugh kept the silent auction results secret until the Magic of Memories Dinner. As she burst into tears, Kathy’s shock and joy were evident to all. “I never thought I would see the day when I would be speechless,” she said. “You pulled the rabbit out of the hat and created such incredible memories for all of us at No Limits. To all of those who contributed to the silent auction as well as those who volunteered to sponsor a child for a year through our Take a Stand to Save a Deaf Child’s Life program, Michelle and I thank you. The parents of these children express their gratitude to me, so I pass it on to you. Thank you for loving and supporting our children’s future.”
To see John Autry on Glee and Oprah, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC3Im47E-Yo
Top FUNraising Schools
Their astonishment and joy were evident as Betty White, Dolly Parton, Donny and Marie Osmond, Leeza Gibbons, John Paul DeJoria, and Winn Claybaugh took turns announcing the amounts raised by the top 10 schools. When an emotional Winn Claybaugh read the grand total and revealed the giant check for over $1.7 million, the audience screamed, cheered, and leaped to their feet for a spontaneous standing ovation. Paul Mitchell The School — Dallas took first place, raising the bar considerably by being the first school to top the $100,000 mark. Each school hoped to raise $15,000 or more this year. Congratulations to the following schools for meeting their goal:
“First 50” Winners Honored at Dinner
Winners of the “First 50” contest were recognized at the Magic of Memories Dinner. The first 50 students to raise $3,000 won the opportunity to attend the dinner plus a day of hands-on education the next day with leading artists and educators including NAHA winners Vivienne Mackinder, Lucie Doughty, and Melissa Jaqua; “Hollywood Hair Guy” Dean Banowetz; salon owner and educator Abe Barron; and Paul Mitchell School owner George Morales.
Our Generous Sponsors
Paul Mitchell Schools want to extend a giant thank you to the generous event sponsors who underwrote the Magic of Memories Dinner. Because of their donations, every dollar from dinner ticket sales went directly to the charities.
John Paul Mitchell Systems
Knutte & Associates
PM The Source
Powell Dudley Frith Architects
MW Mitchell Construction & Development, Inc.
M. Andersen & Associates, LLC
An Ideal World
Rozes, Gouveia & Company, LLP
International Site Alliance
Transglobal Technologies, Inc.
Special thanks also go to the following sponsors who provided fabulous goody bags for every guest:
John Paul Pet
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
We start planning the next FUNraising campaign the minute the last one ends. A talented, dedicated group of people donate thousands of hours behind the scenes to prepare all the support materials, conference calls, and other amazing events for the schools and Future Professionals. Our heartfelt thanks go to the following individuals:
- Brett Jarvis, for coordinating the Magic of Memories Dinner and making it so special for our schools and celebrity hosts
- Bill Waite and his video and show production team, including Director Joel Swenson
- Stephanie Goldberg for her beautiful flower arrangements
- John Turnage for donating all of his accounting expertise for eight years to the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
- Michaeline Re for donating all of her time for eight years as legal counsel for the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
- Kate Caussey for designing eye-catching posters, flyers, the Idea book, and other print materials
- Gail Fink for her hundreds of hours of writing and editing
- Blind Acre Media for developing our FUNraising Web site
Where the Money Goes
(from left) Paul Mitchell School owners Linda August and Sharida Burkholder, Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh, Haircuts from the Heart Executive Director Estelle McNair, and Paul Mitchell School owner Jeremy Teall
“Thank you so very much for your generous donation of $35,000.00!!! Your generosity supports our mission of restoring dignity.”
— Sister Bonnie Steinlage, Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart
Paul Mitchell Schools’ efforts will . . .
- Feed over 8,000 orphaned children for a year through Food 4 Africa
- Provide 4 MRIs, 4 critical care cribs, 8 ventilators, 4 bedside monitors, 14 pulse oximeters, 8 pediatric wheelchairs, 2 emergency carts, and 6 fetal heart monitors for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
- Mail a brand-new, age appropriate book every month for a year to 3,572 children under the age of 5 through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
- Enable wildlife researchers and veterinarians worldwide to respond quickly to urgent, devastating wildlife health issues through Morris Animal Foundation
- Help develop new Leeza’s Places and provide programming, resources, and research through the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
- Support individuals and organizations that benefit hairdressers through the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
- Help salon professionals rebuild their salons and professional lives following the devastation of natural disasters through the NCA Disaster Relief Fund
- Provide basic hair care for 1,000 low-income and homeless children and adults and pay rent for Sister Bonnie’s Franciscan Daymaker Salon for a year
- Sponsor 88 deaf children for one year in the No Limits National Theatre program, providing the services they need to thrive in the hearing world and helping them improve their communication skills and confidence while educating the community about hearing loss
- Send 100 disabled individuals to No Barriers USA’s Summit 2011, a life-changing event that replaces perceptions about disability and personal challenges with a renewed belief in what’s possible now and in the future
- Help outfit a Cancer Schmancer “Early Detection Fran Van” to partner with local, existing cancer screening services and increase the number of women screened
“No Limits is all about building confidence and self-esteem, finding your individuality, and having your voice, and it’s no different for Paul Mitchell’s Future Professionals. I don’t know how to thank you enough.”
— Kathy Buckley, No Limits
The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation educates, empowers, and energizes caregivers impacted by chronic illness by creating unique programming, providing universal access to resources, and fostering evidence-based behavioral research to elevate the national conscious-ness of caregiving. Leeza’s Place is the signature program of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation.
Visit leezasplace.org to learn more about Leeza’s Place and the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation.
“The level of excellence and display of humanity within the Paul Mitchell schools is enough to inspire anyone to reach higher! Every year I am blown away by the energy and commitment of these future professionals, but THIS year was spectacular, with more money raised than ever and more excitement. Adding Dolly Parton and Betty White was genius! I am in awe of this army of change....no matter how high you raise the bar, they will top it!! All of us at Leeza’s Place and the thousands of guests who receive help say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for keeping our mission strong!”
— Leeza Gibbons, Founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar helps local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Visit cmnhospitals.org to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“Your love, your hearts, and your compassion are making a difference for all the great causes out there, and we’re so grateful to be one of them.”
— Donny and Marie Osmond, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation helps animals enjoy longer, healthier lives. We advance health and welfare research that protects, treats, and cures companion animals, horses, and wildlife worldwide.
Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.
“Morris Animal Foundation is grateful to all Paul Mitchell Future Professionals for raising more than $100,000 to help us create a healthier tomorrow for animals,” said Betty White. “Their hard work and dedication to help animals around the world is truly amazing. My hope is that they continue to help us spread the word about the importance of animal health and welfare.”
— Betty White, President Emeritus, Morris Animal Foundation
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library inspires a love of reading and a love of books by gifting a brand-new book each month to over 600,000 preschool children. By working with local sponsors, Dolly has now mailed over 30 million books in her efforts to encourage all children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be More!
Learn more at imaginationlibrary.com.
“Tonight, that room was full of love,” Dolly Parton said. “Faith and love can move mountains and it is pretty clear to me the Paul Mitchell family will continue to move a bunch of mountains.”
— Dolly Parton, Founder, Imagination Library
Cancer Schmancer Movement
Cancer Schmancer Movement, founded by Fran Drescher, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all women’s cancers be diagnosed while in stage 1, when they are most curable.
Learn more at www.cancerschmancer.org
“I’m so happy to be a part of the Paul Mitchell fundraising effort. Together, through education, prevention, and policy change, we are going to see a healthier tomorrow. And thanks to you guys, it will be a more beautiful one, too!”
— Fran Drescher, Founder of Cancer Schmancer Movement
Food 4 Africa
Food 4 Africa strives to supply at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of South Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left countless numbers of orphaned children and where more than a million preschool children do not receive sufficient food.
Visit www.food4africa.org to learn more about Food 4 Africa.
“How magical and prideful is to know that our Future Professionals raised over $1.7 million. Not to mention how exciting it was to have Dolly Parton, Leeza Gibbons, Donny and Marie Osmond, and Betty White show up to acknowledge and thank our Future Professionals at the Magic of Memories dinner. Life is good!”
— John Paul DeJoria, Cofounder and Chairman of John Paul Mitchell Systems
The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation helps disadvantaged or hard-hit cosmetologists and cosmetology-related enterprises. Funds have been used to help hairdressers and Future Professionals affected by natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the 2007 San Diego wildfires, and the 2011 tornadoes. Funds have also been used to provide new salon professionals with educational experiences they probably would not otherwise have for many years to come, such as tuition and transportation to haircutting classes, a chance to assist backstage at a major fashion show, or a weekend educational retreat.
Visit paulmitchell.edu/andrew-gomez to learn more about the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
“In our entire history, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation has not paid one penny in rent, utilities, accounting, attorney’s fees, or salaries. All services, resources, and talent are donated so all of our funds can be used to help Future Professionals and the organizations we support, including Habitat for Humanity, the NCA Disaster Relief Fund, CUT IT OUT, Look Good Feel Better, the Pay It Forward Foundation, Sister Bonnie’s Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart, and many other individuals and groups.”
— Winn Claybaugh, Dean and Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools
Paul Mitchell Schools Bring Whirlwind of Hope to
On April 27, 2011, America was devastated by its deadliest tornado day since 1925. Widely televised, the damage in Tuscaloosa captured the nation’s attention, but many other parts of the state were hit almost as hard. Then, with the country still reeling from shock, Missouri and other areas were hit by more devastating storms.
With Paul Mitchell Schools located in Alabama and Missouri, the nationwide network sprang into action to help their fellow Future Professionals, staff members, and neighbors.
First, they checked on the schools and contacted every student and staff member to find out what they needed. Although the schools only experienced water damage and power outages, three Future Professionals lost their homes, and two staff members lost family in the storm. Jenni Bybee, a staff member at the System — A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Springfield, Missouri, lost her mother, and her grandmother had to be hospitalized after their home was destroyed; both women were thrown about 60 feet into the front yard.
Those who escaped the storm’s wrath quickly came together and began helping out. Florida School owners Laura and Giulio Veglio sent their Paul Mitchell bus — a fully loaded, mobile hair salon — to Alabama for a week, and John Paul Mitchell Systems filled it with donated products to use and give away. Students, staff, and local Paul Mitchell stylists eagerly climbed aboard and headed for nearby towns, to lift the spirits of survivors and rescue workers by giving free haircuts and services.
This was not the first time Paul Mitchell Schools helped out in an emergency, and it won’t be the last. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the network donated $57,000 to the NCA Disaster Relief Fund, with Paul Mitchell Chairman and CEO John Paul DeJoria donating an additional $50,000.
Through their annual FUNraising campaign and their nonprofit Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $41,000 to the NCA Disaster Relief Fund in the past three years, with $23,000 remaining in the fund. This year the schools donated another $15,000, making $38,000 available for those in need. Since the tornadoes struck, NCA has used that money to help Paul Mitchell Future Professionals and one non-Paul Mitchell salon owner who lost her husband, home, and salon in the storm.
Winn Claybaugh said, “Because the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation serves as an umbrella to support causes related to the beauty industry, Paul Mitchell Schools have also donated to CUT IT OUT, Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart, and Habitat for Humanity, building two homes with Vidal Sassoon after the New Orleans floods of 2007. This year, within hours of the tornadoes, we were already in motion to provide immediate relief for those in need.”
“After such devastation, it is amazing to see people band together to help,” said Future Professional Kyla Carter. “It is a great feeling to help others and put smiles on faces by doing what we love!”
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21 Artists and Educators Donate Their Time
In recognition of their FUNraising efforts, the 21 top schools earned a day of education in their schools with top artists and educators who graciously volunteered to donate their time. This year, the top two schools (Dallas and Salt Lake City) generously gave their educators to the two Alabama schools whose communities were devastated by the May 2011 hurricanes.
Robert Brown, owner of the two Alabama schools (Paul Mitchell The School — Huntsville and Xcell Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Birmingham, Alabama) said, “When Dallas school owner John Turnage announced it, my emotions just about overwhelmed me. It caught me off guard that anyone would do that. I sent an e-mail to my school directors and they announced it to the Future Professionals, who were completely filled with excitement. Those are acts of kindness that might not happen in any other organization. I can’t think of a better company in the world than Paul Mitchell Schools.”
The following artists and educators will visit the top 21 schools this year:
|Dean Banowetz: “The Hollywood Hair Guy” and hairdresser for American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest will visit Vanguard College of Cosmetology (Baton Rouge) — A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
|Alee Cao: John Paul Mitchell Systems Master Associate, celebrity hairstylist, and dean of the Cao Institute — A Paul Mitchell Partner School will visit Paul Mitchell The School — San Diego.|
|Kelly Cardenas: Educator and salon owner will visit Paul Mitchell The School — East Bay.|
|Colin Caruso: Salon owner and John Paul Mitchell Systems color educator will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Jacksonville.|
|Scott Cole: Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color, NAHA winner, and Paul Mitchell School owner will visit Cincinnati Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
|Robert Cromeans: John Paul Mitchell Systems Global Artistic Director and 6-time recipient of behindthechair.com’s Stylist Choice Awards Platform Artist of the Year will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Huntsville (donated by Paul Mitchell The School — Salt Lake City).|
|Debra Deitrich: Film, television, print, theater, and salon hair/makeup artist and head of the hair department for NBC’s Trauma will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Houston.|
|Lucie Doughty: John Paul Mitchell Systems Editorial Director, Master Associate, and 2-time NAHA winner will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Chicago.|
|LaDonna Dryer: John Paul Mitchell Systems international educator will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Austin.|
|Melissa Jaqua: John Paul Mitchell Systems Master Associate, hairdresser for So You Think You Can Dance, and NAHA winner will visit Paul Mitchell The School —St. Louis.|
|Takashi Kitamura: Platform artist, educator, and senior member of A Robert Cromeans Salon show team will visit Paul Mitchell The School — North Haven.|
|Stephanie Kocielski: Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell will visit Xcell Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School (donated Paul Mitchell The School — Dallas).|
|Vivienne Mackinder: 6-time NAHA winner, including 2005 NAHA Master Stylist of the Year and 2009 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award, will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Nashville.|
|Charles Marcus: Author of Success Is Not a Spectator Sport will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Provo.|
|Angus Mitchell: Co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Artistic Director of Education will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Michigan.|
|Nic Napoli: Director of Color Sales and Education for John Paul Mitchell Systems, platform artist, educator, speaker, and consultant will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Sacramento.|
|Ira Sage: Salon director at A Robert Cromeans Salon in Las Vegas and platform artist with A Robert Cromeans Salon show team will visit Paul Mitchell The School — St. George.|
|Donald Scott: John Paul Mitchell Systems Master Associate and creator of the Paul Mitchell Carving Comb and Twist Razor will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Virginia.|
|Sister Bonnie Steinlage: Founder of Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart will visit Paul Mitchell The School — Colorado Springs|
|David Wagner: Salon owner and author of My Life as a Daymaker will visit Parisian Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
|Linda Yodice: Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color, NAHA winner, and Paul Mitchell School owner will visit Carolina Academy — A Paul Mitchell Partner School.|
FUNraising Success Stories
Even after eight years of FUNraising, the 15,000 Future Professionals and staff members from Paul Mitchell Schools just keep getting better. Drawing on their past experience, the 2011 FUNraising Idea Book, and their unstoppable imaginations and creativity, they planned and executed thousands of events to raise money and awareness for this year’s supported charities.
Within the first few weeks, 50 Future Professionals earned their way to the Magic of Memories Dinner by raising $3,000 each, racking up more than $150,000 right off the bat. Educators from Paul Mitchell Schools’ Advanced Academy Team donated their time to hold classes nationwide, collectively raising almost $50,000.
Many schools tried a new idea called the “ONE Event.” Similar to TV telethons, the event involved Future Professionals and staff members tapping into their address books and social networks to ask for donations. The goal: Raise $1,000 in one hour. Exceeding their wildest expectations, some schools raised two and three times that amount. Academy Waukesha — A Paul Mitchell School raised $5,133 with their ONE event.
This year’s top FUNraiser, Paul Mitchell The School — Dallas, made it to first place by holding lots of successful events. Their garage sale raised over $1,000 in one morning, and their donated Lady Gaga tickets brought in $1,500 in five minutes!
As always, school owners were heavily involved. Taking the number two spot this year, Paul Mitchell The School — Salt Lake City’s owners Shawn Trujillo and Angie Katsanevas phoned every friend and associate who might be willing to donate, raising $6,000 within 3 to 4 hours. Other owners and staff members did everything from hosting surprise lunches and auctioning themselves off for a day to letting Future Professionals duct tape them to walls, throw pies in their faces, and lock them in “jail” until they raised bail for the cause.
Inspired by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ successful “buy a balloon” campaign, many schools held their own Behind the Bottle campaign, writing donors’ names on printed paper bottles and displaying them throughout the schools.
At Paul Mitchell The School — Schenectady, staff members who are NOT hairstylists raised $400 with their “Who Inspired Them?” hair show. Contestants watched the Paul Mitchell Cutting DVD, got tips from Learning Leaders, and practiced on mannequins before hitting the stage to show what they’d learned. Dressed as Robert Cromeans and Stephanie Kocielski, they earned nonstop cheering (plus pointers on the sly). Future Professionals voted for the best haircuts, and one lucky Future Professional got to have lunch with the winners.
All together, the hundreds of fashion shows for people and pets, prince and princess days, comedy nights, bowling parties, bake sales, garage sales, walk-a-thons, cut-a-thons, casual days, dance marathons, lunch sales, holiday events (such as Valentine sales and make-your-own Mardis Gras masks), car washes, pet washes, and other great ideas made this year’s FUNraising campaign the most successful yet!
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