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Salon Success Academy Raises Money For Domestic Violence Victims

January ’12

Salon Success Academies raised over $1,500 for the House of Ruth, a non-profit organization that assists families victimized by domestic violence, during their annual Cut-A-Thon on Friday, January 20. In addition to raising money for a good cause, the event also helped raise awareness and educate the students about domestic violence.

“Our industry is mostly made up of women. There are so many women out there that are victims of domestic violence. We want our students to know that there is a place that they can turn,” Director of Campus Affairs Christina Belcher said.

The issue of domestic violence is something that is very personal for Salon Success Academies. In May 2010, Iman Wahid was killed by her husband in a brutal act of domestic violence. Iman was 33 year-old mother of three who was an esthetician student at Salon Success Academies Upland Campus.

In order to raise the money, Salon Success students from all five campuses worked tirelessly all day long on the salon floor. Clients were treated to a haircut, deep conditioning treatment, and blow dry, or a facial and mask, for just $10. Several prizes were raffled off to raise more money for the House of Ruth, including ten baskets filled with Matrix products, four $25 gift certificates to El Torro Restaurant, and a basket of Bioelements skincare products.

All of the revenue that was made on the salon floor that day was donated to the House of Ruth in Iman Wahid’s name.  This money will be used to provide battered women and children with shelter, education, and other services.

“It’s all about women helping women, and women helping children. It’s about breaking the cycle of domestic violence so it doesn’t continue,” House of Ruth volunteer Shelby Peters said.

Capping off the day’s events was a Balloon Releasing Ceremony in honor of Iman. Students and staff gathered in the parking lot for a moment of reflection and released hundreds of purple and black balloons into the air. It was a very touching moment for everyone who participated.

“The event was a huge success! All of our students and staff came together and worked hard to make it possible,” Vice President of Salon Success Academies Susan Turner said. “It was the perfect way to honor Iman and help keep her memory alive.”

The event was sponsored by Matrix ‘Spread the Love.’ Matrix donated several raffle prizes and two of the ‘Spread the Love’ finalists, Natalie and Meredith, also attended the Cut-A-Thon.  You can click here to watch their video about the event.

Video: Students Reveal What it Means to be a Salon Success Ambassador

The Student Ambassador Program at Salon Success Academies is a group of our most outstanding students. They are leaders in their school and their local community. They help with school tours, new student orientations, and charity events, among other things. Some of the Student Ambassadors told us more about the program and what it means to them to be a part of it.
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About Salon Success Academies

Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California’s Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.

For more information go to www.salonsuccessacademy.com or call 1-877-987-HAIR (4247).



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