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Salon Success Academy: Always Giving Back

October ’14

The students, faculty and staff of Salon Success Academy have always known their school to be a “people helping company.”  But that people-helping philosophy extends far beyond the walls of their five campuses — out into the community and beyond.

Salon Success Academy Fundraiser

In just the last few months, the school has enthusiastically supported fundraising efforts for childhood cancer, breast cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and they have already assembled their team for next June’s Relay for Life event being held at the Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park in  Ontario. And the fundraising has begun!

Childhood Cancer Awareness FundraiserAll the Salon Success Academy campuses are adding their unique spin to cancer fundraising but included in their efforts have been raffles and sales of coffee, doughnuts, caramel apples, chili dogs, hot chocolate, apple cider, pastries, ice cream sundaes and more. The support for good causes is overwhelming.

The San Bernardino campus embraced September as Childhood Cancer Awareness month and hosted fundraising activities while wearing the gold color associated with the cause.

“It was a great success because we raised money and awareness,” said San Bernardino School Director Natalie Ramirez Guiza.

“Our school is really awesome when it comes to these sorts of events,” said Natalie. “We care about our students’ education, but we also care about the community — and so do our students.”

Corona Campus Director Curtis Speller agrees. He says that one of the things he likes best about being a part of the Salon Success Academy family of educators is its community involvement.

“We are not just creating great cosmetologists,” said Curtis. “We are creating well-rounded citizens who understand the importance of giving back to the community.”

Salon Success Academy FundraiserAccording to Curtis, all the campuses embrace the idea of being a people-helping company. He says that Corona has been especially focused on breast cancer this month, using their resources to promote breast cancer screening throughout the community. The whole campus was encouraged to participate in a recent “pink” day to bring awareness to the disease by wearing its associated color.

“Every month we also choose some sort of fundraiser to support our Relay for Life team,” said Curtis.

Talking about cancer, Curtis said that “everyone has some kind of experience with this horrible disease. Fighting it is a worthwhile cause we’re happy to support.”

Natalie believes that the Salon Success Academy focus on a disease that affects so many families is just another example of the family-oriented nature of the school. The beauty school was founded more than 50 years ago by Richard Gross. Today, his son Robert Gross runs the school with his own son Jeff Gross activity involved in day-to-day operations and serving as the school’s Marketing Director.

Salon Success Academy Fundraiser

“It really does feel like a great big family here,” said Natalie. “I was a Salon Success student 13 years ago and now I’m proud to work here. I really wouldn’t work anywhere else and part of the reason is because what they do for the community.”

If you’d like to learn more about Salon Success Academy and all it does for its students and the community, give us a call at 1-877-987-HAIR (4247) today.

A Visit from the Air Force

Nick WhiteFormer Salon Success Academy staff member Nick White was in the neighborhood recently and just had to come back for a visit. Nick is currently a member of the U.S. Air Force. We were sorry to see him leave Salon Success but are super proud of him. Thanks for the visit Nick!



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