21 July 2024

Making Magic Happen! Paul Mitchell Schools launch FUNraising 2017

Annual campaign partners with Magic Johnson, Gary Sinise, Marie Osmond, Fran Drescher, Leeza Gibbons, Dolph Lundgren, and more to benefit national and local charities.

Paul Mitchell Schools will kick off their 14th annual FUNraising campaign on March 1, 2017, with a goal of raising $2 million for 10 major charities and dozens of local nonprofits. Students and staff members from the 100-plus cosmetology schools will spend 11 weeks raising money for this year’s supported organizations:

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, represented by Donny and Marie Osmond
Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation
Magic Johnson Foundation, represented by Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Gary Sinise Foundation, represented by Gary Sinise
No Limits, represented by comedian/motivational speaker Kathy Buckley
Food 4 Africa, represented by John Paul DeJoria
Thirst Project, represented by Eden Sassoon and Seth Maxwell
CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), represented by Dolph Lundgren
Leeza’s Care Connection, represented by Leeza Gibbons
Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation

Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “We’re delighted to partner with such incredible charities that work tirelessly throughout the world for a variety of causes. Each celebrity spokesperson plays a personal and active role in motivating and encouraging our 13,000 future professionals as they raise money through thousands of grassroots events, from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls. Our celebrity partners belong to an elite group of wonderful stars who’ve supported us in the past, including Betty White, Dolly Parton, Larry King, and Vidal Sassoon.

Last year, Paul Mitchell Schools raised $1.5 million, bringing their 13-year total to over $16.7 million. They proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $16.7 million has been less than 4%, an amazingly low amount compared to the national average of 25%. “We consider it a serious responsibility to be good stewards of the funds we raise,” Winn Claybaugh says. “We work hard to keep the costs low while showing our students the importance of making a difference.

Watch the FUNraising 2017 video below!

People often ask why we promote FUNraising in our schools,” Claybaugh says. “Nowadays, it is so easy for businesses to focus only on the money that goes into their own pockets. That is not us. Our FUNraising campaign lets us give back to our communities, join together as a team for something important outside of work, and provide our students with opportunities to develop skills that will help them both in their careers and in life.

The annual FUNraising Gala, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 21, 2017, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money.

For tickets and additional details, visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org


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