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HAIRraising Event Offers Top Salon Haircuts for Charity

All-day cut-a-thon benefits Children’s Hospital Boston.

On Sunday, April 29 more than 70 salons throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire will participate in Boston Children's Hospital's annual HAIRraising event. 

For the third year in a row, participating salons will provide customers with a stylish haircut for a $40 donation to Children's Hospital.  

In the past, the HAIRraising for Children’s Hospital Boston event has raised more than $200,000 and organizers hope to raise another $100,000 this year according to Janet Gilfeather, coordinator Cause Marketing & Sponsorship at Children’s Hospital Trust.

 “This has become a great program,” Gilfeather said. “The first year was getting all the salons on board. It was great to see the big support from big names on Newbury Street and the interest spread out into the suburbs.

Last year’s top earning salon was in Northborough, which raised over $11,000, Gilfeather said. Most salons average between $1,500 and $2,000.

“They really went above and beyond,” she said.

and salons will participate this year.

This is Bella Sante's first year participating in the fundraising event and the salon is already booked for the day, according to spa director Caroline Bradford.

"It’s a great way to try out a stylist or new hairstyle wghile supporting a great cause at a reduced price," she said. "It should be a busy and fun day."

The HAIRraising program was founded by celebrity hairstylist John Frieda and Gail Federici two years ago after Federici’s daughter required extensive open-heart surgery and received treatment at Children’s Hospital Boston. John Frieda first started the HAIRraising fundraiser in 2010 to benefit the Great Orman Street Hospital in London and has since brought the charity here to the United States.

Haley Goff, marketing director at Dellaria Salons and Spas said all 25 of Dellaria’s studios in the Boston area will participate.

“We have somewhere between 100 to 200 stylists volunteering,” Goff said. “This is a very compassionate field where you develop close relationships with the clients. We were given a list of how many patients live in each town with one of our salons in it. The numbers were amazing.”

Goff said many of the Dellaria Salons are located in malls and in many instances, the malls allow stylists to work in the center courts.

“Getting involved was a no-brainer for us,” Goff said. “What better way to contribute to a great charity and give people a great haircut?”

All proceeds go to The Children’s Fund. To learn more, visit www.hairraisng4chb.com.

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