May 2010: Magic of Memories Special Editionby Paul Mitchell Schools on 5/31/2010
When Winn Claybaugh contacted Marie and me with an offer to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, we were surprised, to say the least. It’s not every day that someone volunteers to donate $100,000, but that’s exactly what the Paul Mitchell Schools did and we couldn’t be more honored.
We first met some of you at your annual Caper event in Las Vegas, where we were so impressed by your passion and energy. Then there was the Magic of Memories Dinner, where we joined you to celebrate your incredible FUNraising success. I was blown away when Winn told me that, due to all your hard work and the success of this year’s FUNraising campaign, the check to Children’s Miracle Network is not for $100,000 as originally promised but for $200,000! Talk about over delivering. I guess that’s to be expected from the Paul Mitchell family. You guys are amazing!
Prior to my performance that night, Winn asked me if I wanted to relax and prepare in the “green room,” but I told him I absolutely wanted to be included with the Paul Mitchell group before, during, and after my performance. I can sit in a green room anytime, but I wouldn’t miss a chance to experience the Paul Mitchell enthusiasm.
In the last few months, you’ve shown that giving back is not just about raising money. I’m thrilled that you’ve been reaching out locally to the 170-plus Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, and I ask you to continue giving your love, service, and passion. I promise that you will receive even more than you give, because that’s what happened to me years ago when I first got involved.
I know that Leeza Gibbons, Larry King, and John Paul DeJoria join me in thanking you on behalf of the wonderful organizations they represent. Congratulations to all of you for not letting the economy dictate your potential for raising money, awareness, and making a difference in the lives of others. Instead of getting discouraged by all the negative news, you raised a record $1.2 million! Please stay true to your beliefs and keep up the wonderful work that you do.
In my family, we were raised to believe that we all have a responsibility to give back and help others. I feel like I’ve found an extended family in Paul Mitchell Schools. Thank you for making me feel like part of your family.
Kathy Buckley, known around the world as America’s first hearing-impaired comedian, has inspired hundreds of thousands of people with her story of overcoming some of the most difficult obstacles imaginable. Despite a hearing loss that impeded her speech and language development, sexual molestation, a horrendous accident in which she was run over by a jeep and literally died in the ambulance, and two bouts with cancer, Kathy has demonstrated a lifetime of determination, grace, and especially humor.
Kathy’s popular appeal and refreshing wit have landed her on countless TV shows and in numerous national magazines. People named her one of their most touching stories of 1997. Her critically acclaimed one-woman off-Broadway show, “Now Hear This,” won the Los Angeles Theater Ovation Award and the LA entertainment industry’s Media Access Award as Best Play of the Year.
“You guys are my heroes. To contribute to make a difference in people’s lives is definitely living life. Thank you for touching the lives of our children at No Limits. WOO, HOO!”
— Kathy Buckley
Kathy is far more than a popular comic. She tirelessly performs on behalf of nonprofit and educational organizations and serves as the national spokesperson for No Limits, a nonprofit organization and school that provides educational programs and accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. (Paul Mitchell Schools’ annual FUNraising campaign donated $20,000 to No Limits this year.) Kathy has appeared at the Paul Mitchell School Owners Summit, Education Leadership Training, February 2010 Caper (in front of 2,000 staff and Future Professionals), and the Magic of Memories Dinners in 2009 and 2010, where she became an instant favorite mentor in the Paul Mitchell School world. As a motivational speaker, she eagerly spreads the message that anything can be achieved when the heart and mind work together.
Go to http://www.beniceorelse.com/newsletter/audio/March2009.html for Winn Claybaugh’s inspiring interview with the woman who triumphed over tragedy and came out proclaiming, “Life is good!” Listen in to discover Kathy’s tried-and-true strategy for overcoming adversity and living a wonderful life.
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In spite of the never-ending reports about the failing economic environment, Paul Mitchell Schools spent the months of February through April raising over $1.2 million for their annual charity “FUNraising” campaign!
Now in its seventh year, the annual campaign surpassed all previous records and brought the combined total to more than $4.6 million.
Asked why the schools hold the annual campaign, Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh said, “Giving back is a cornerstone of our philosophy. Of course we teach the skills needed for a successful career, but we also teach the skills needed for a successful life, and those include being nice and giving back.”
Rather than seeking huge corporate donations, Future Professionals raised most of the money through grassroots events like cut-a-thons, hair shows, car washes, bake sales, and “Casual for a Cause” days, with donations averaging $5 to $10. The funds will be distributed to the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Food 4 Africa, and the schools’ own nonprofit organization, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
Winn Claybaugh announced the results at a gala dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California, on April 25, 2010, where he was joined by co-host Leeza Gibbons, entertainer Donny Osmond, Paul Mitchell CEO and Cofounder John Paul DeJoria, Paul Mitchell co-owner and salon owner Angus Mitchell, and other celebrity guests and representatives from the sponsored charities.
“Once again the Future Professionals from Paul Mitchell Schools exceeded all expectations, raising over $1.2 million. This was even after raising $100,000 for Haiti relief just prior to this campaign. Year after year, these Future Professionals show up, lead by example, and inspire us all to make a difference in the lives of those who need help most. I feel so blessed to have the embrace of all the ‘Paul Mitchell people’ — simply the coolest people on earth!”
— Leeza Gibbons
As a special surprise, Donny Osmond brought his band and sang several songs for the crowd. Representing the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, Larry King, Larry King Jr., and Biggest Loser chef and cookbook author Devin Alexander took time to pose for pictures with all of the school owners.
Other special guests included Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar, Survivor finalist Alexis Jones, comedian Kathy Buckley, Invisible Children cofounder Bobby Bailey, and motivational speakers Patrick John Hughes and Patrick Henry Hughes, who spoke at the owner’s Summit that weekend.
“What a delightful evening. Not just to have Donny Osmond, Leeza Gibbons, Larry King, and Winn Claybaugh take the time to individually take a photo with each of our 104 school owners, but to think that the great Donny Osmond was so appreciative for the donation to Children’s Miracle Network that he brought his band in to do a fabulous performance for the whole crowd. These are some of the extra-exciting ways one sees how giving back truly pays back.”
— John Paul DeJoria, Chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems
"My dad and I very much enjoyed our time with Paul Mitchell Schools. It was an exciting Sunday evening with school owners and Future Professionals at the FUNraising event. Dad and I had no idea Paul Mitchell did so much giving to so many worthwhile organizations throughout America and even overseas! And having Leeza Gibbons and Donny Osmond entertain, along with Winn Claybaugh, made for quite a memorable event. We were honored to be invited to such an event, and to have the opportunity to share our story with such special people made the Summit event spectacular.”
— Patrick Henry Hughes
“This is truly a night I will always remember. Not only were the results of the FUNraising memorable, but the interaction of the Future Professionals with each other, their positive attitudes toward life, and the love that they have for what they do was truly reflected in their willingness to raise money for others. I left that night inspired by their energy.”
— Rod Hamson, Vice President Sponsor Relations for Children's Miracle Network
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The overflow audience cheered, screamed, and shed a few tears as this year’s grand total and top 10 FUNraising schools were revealed. For the second year in a row, Paul Mitchell The School — Salt Lake City took first place, raising $73,104. Every school had a goal of raising at least $10,000 during the three-month FUNraising campaign. Congratulations to all of the following schools for meeting their goal:
In addition to the thousands of FUNraisers held by the schools, many Future Professionals raised money individually, asking for donations from family, friends, and everyone they knew. The top 10 individual FUNraisers received a trip to California, where they were recognized at the Magic of Memories Dinner.
Also recognized at the dinner were the winners of this year's "Why It's Cool to Be a Paul Mitchell Future Professional" and "Why It's Cool to Work at a Paul Mitchell School" YouTube video contest.
“Magic of Memories declared a place for the millennial generation. It said we are strong, surmounting global problems with sacrifice and heart. Although inspiration is ethereal in nature, it has teeth with Paul Mitchell. I count myself part of the fold, and we say in no uncertain terms: Bring it, there is an answer, and it starts with us."
— Bobby Bailey, Cofounder of Invisible Children, Founder of The Brave
Thanks to our generous event sponsors who underwrote the Magic of Memories dinner. Because of their donations, every dollar from the dinner ticket sales went directly to the charities.
Special thanks also go to the following sponsors who provided fabulous
goody bags for every guest:
Our heartfelt thanks also go to the following individuals:
Gail Fink — To raise $1.2 million you must imagine that the press and marketing materials needed to support such a task are overwhelming. Gail generously donated hours and hours of her time to make sure every word was perfect.
Kate Caussey — The schools had access to eye-catching flyers, posters, a FUNraising idea book, and many other print materials, all designed by this brilliant and talented lady.
Brett Jarvis — The Magic of Memories Dinner was about celebrating and thanking the schools who did so much. We needed that night to be special, for both the schools and our celebrity hosts. Brett is the calm behind the storm who made sure the evening was exactly what it needed to be: a perfect THANKS!
Angela Cronk — If you’re wondering how long it takes to pull off such an event, please note that it takes a year or more. A very special thanks goes to Angela for her loving commitment in organizing the event.
Bill Waite — Our Paul Mitchell Schools are very fortunate to have such a talented and generous man in our network. Thank you, Bill, for helping us produce a beautiful event, worthy of the special thanks deserved by our Paul Mitchell Schools.
Paul Mitchell Schools’ Efforts Will
- Feed over 4,600 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 a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
- Directly save 20 lives and screen over 1,000 people for heart disease through the Larry King Cardiac 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.
- Provide 400 hours of individual speech and language therapy for lower-income deaf children from the greater Los Angeles area through No Limits.
Paul Mitchell Schools Donate $30,000 to Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart
Winn Claybaugh and a group of Future Professionals presented $30,000 to Sister Bonnie Steinlage. The annual donation will fund Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart for the entire year.
Watch the video at http://paulmitchell.edu/video
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 consciousness of caregiving. Leeza’s Place is the signature program of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation.
“I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to work with the Paul Mitchell Schools on the ‘Magic of Memories’ event for the past several years, as we’ve shared our dreams and our vision for helping others. These future beauty professionals are a success machine. They put their hearts and souls into everything they do, and it gives them a Midas touch.”
— Leeza Gibbons, Founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
Visit www.leezasplace.org to learn more about Leeza’s Place and the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation.
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation provides funding for lifesaving treatment for individuals who, due to limited means or no insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care they so desperately need.
“Being partners with the Future Professionals at Paul Mitchell Schools goes beyond just fundraising. These individuals work as an incredible team to help save the lives of the patients we serve. We are indebted to their work and for the people they impact on a daily basis. It goes beyond just a ‘thank you.’ They are all a gift to all of our lives!”
— Larry King, Founder of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation
Visit www.lkcf.org for more information about the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.
Children’s Miracle Network creates miracles by funding medical care, research, and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year. Countless individuals, organizations, and media partners unite with the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities.
“On behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network, we are honored to join the amazing team of Future Professionals and the ‘giving back’ culture found in the Paul Mitchell Schools. We can’t wait to share the magic of creating miracles as you provide needed funds for medical care, research, and education to benefit children in CMN hospitals across the nation!”
— Donny and Marie Osmond
Visit www.cmn.org to learn more about the Children’s Miracle Network.
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.
“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. The Paul Mitchell Schools’ FUNraising campaign adds to the joy in that life. We are so proud of the efforts that our Future Professionals put into this campaign!”
— John Paul DeJoria, Co-founder and Chairman of John Paul Mitchell Systems
Visit www.food4africa.org to learn more about Food 4 Africa.
The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation helps disadvantaged or hard-hit cosmetologists and cosmetology-related enterprises. Funds have been used to help hairdressers affected by Hurricane Katrina, assist Future Professionals affected by the 2007 San Diego wildfires, and support breast cancer causes after one of our colleagues was diagnosed with the disease. 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.
“In our seven-year-plus 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 the funds can be used for our Future Professionals and to help 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
Visit http://paulmitchell.edu/andrew-gomez to learn more about the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
In recognition of their FUNraising efforts, the 20 top schools will receive a day of education in their schools with the following artists or educators.