Cary, NC — On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Twisted Scizzors Salon, located in the High House Crossing shopping center, raised $2000 during a one-day “Cut-A Thon” to benefit Headbands of Hope.
Not Your Average Salon
This was the salon’s largest one-day fundraising event. Over the past six years, Twisted Scizzors Salon has raised money for Hurricane Katrina survivors, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Look Good Feel Better. Earlier this year, they provided Mother’s Day hairstyles to residents of Rex Healthcare Rehabilitation in Apex, NC.
Accident Spurred Giving
Salon owner Amanda Kimball’s willingness to give back began when her husband Leroy was in a serious motorcycle accident. Many people helped her and her family through that serious time of life, so, after he was well, she became committed to helping others whenever she could.
All Proceeds Went to Charity
The event took place over a six hour shift between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on a day the salon is normally closed. Haircuts were only $10 to anyone: women, men and children.
Cancer survivors were also treated to makeovers to support children’s cancer funds. Becky Boulo, a cancer survivor, was treated to a makeover, including a new haircut style and makeup application.
The team at Twisted Scizzors performed 78 haircuts that day. All of the proceeds went to Headbands of Hope. Amanda explains that,
This year, we were looking for a way to help children. Headbands of Hope caught our attention from their segment on the Today show. It’s wonderful what they are doing. While their work is national, I liked that they started local with UNC and Duke. It just felt like a great collaboration.
$20,000 in 2 Years
Lauren Athey, Director of Outreach Services for Headbands of Hope, notes,
I’m absolutely thrilled to partner with Twisted Scizzors Salon for Cut-a-thon for Hope. The amount of support we receive from those locally and nationally has been overwhelming the past two and a half years. This organization has grown into my career and knowing that we have been able to donate over $20,000 to childhood cancer research and over 20,000 headbands to little girls battling cancer, is just breathtaking.
Attention needs to be brought to childhood cancer. Progress can’t be made without research. Research can’t be done without funding. And funding can’t be done without awareness. Headbands of Hope aims to start with awareness and end with a cure.
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