Paul Mitchell Schools Raise $1.7 Million for Charitiesby Paul Mitchell Schools on 5/6/2011
Star-Studded Celebration Includes Betty White, Dolly Parton, Donny and Marie Osmond, and Leeza Gibbons
(COSTA MESA, Calif., May 5, 2011) –- “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 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Now in its eighth year, the annual campaign topped last year’s high, bringing the grand total to over $6 million.
Each year, the nationwide network of cosmetology schools chooses charitable organizations to support, raising an average of $5–10 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,” Claybaugh 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.
Claybaugh reports 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, Claybaugh 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.
At their biannual owners meeting held the same weekend, 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.
“People often wonder why we’re involved in FUNraising,” Claybaugh says. “Yes, we teach the skills needed for a successful career, but we also teach the skills needed for a successful life. Giving back giving back is a cornerstone of our philosophy."
Magical Moments at Magic of Memories
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 acapella 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.
Winners of the “First 50” contest were also recognized; the first 50 students to raise $3,000 won a trip to the dinner and a day of hands-on education the following 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.
"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.”
“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.”
Where the Money Goes
Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation - $821,099
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals - $200,000
Morris Animal Foundation - $150,000
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library - $150,000
Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation - $100,000
Food 4 Africa - $100,000
Cancer Schmancer - $50,000
Sister Bonnie’s Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart - $35,000
NCA Disaster Relief Fund - $15,000
Top Beneficiaries to Date
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