FUNraising Gala 2016
Organized by: Eleni Tikkanen
My name is Eleni and I began attending Paul Mitchell the School Michigan on January 20, 2016. Every year my amazing school raises money for charities all over the world, including one local charity. All of the money we raise for these charities goes directly to helping people in need. The first 100 Future Professionals all over the country who raise a minimum of $3,000 for any of these charities will have the chance to fly out to Beverly Hills for 3 days and attend the FUNraising Gala. At this event, we will have the wonderful opportunity to meet the amazing people behind these charities. Along with all of that, we will also have the chance of a lifetime to work with very well known stylists in the hair and makeup industry. I am going to briefly explain the charities that Paul Mitchell is involved with in this years FUNraising.
Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation: This foundation was founded to honor a successful Paul Mitchell School graduate whose struggle against mental illness ended tragically in suicide. The foundation helps cosmetology students, graduates, their families, and cosmetology-related enterprises. Funds have provided educational opportunities, hurricane relief, and support in the fights against breast cancer, domestic violence, and other destroyers of self-esteem.
Cancer Schmancer: This is an education and advocacy organization dedicated to saving lives through prevention and early detection of cancer. To date, Paul Mitchell schools have donated $580,000 to Cancer Schmancer. To learn more, please visit www.cancerschmancer.org
Children's Miracle Network Hospital: Raises funds for 170 children's hospitals all across the United States and Canada. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospital has raised over 5 BILLION dollars going directly to helping children in need. To learn more, please visit www.CMNHospitals.org.
CAST Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking: Aims to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $50,000 to CAST. To learn more about CAST, visit http://www.castla.org.
FOOD 4 Africa: This foundation is committed to supplying at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of Southern Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left more than 6 million orphaned children. In South Africa alone more than a million preschool children do not receive sufficient food. To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $680,000 to Food 4 Africa. To learn more about Food 4 Africa, visit http://www.food4africa.org.
Gary Sinise Foundation: The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving and honoring America's defenders. Whether its building smart homes for severely wounded heroes, holding concerts for soldiers in Afghanistan, or supporting families in times of need, this foundation truly helps the lives of the brave men and women who serve our country. To learn more about the Gary Sinise Foundation, visit http://www.garysinisefoundation.org.
Magic Johnson Foundation: Magic Johnson Foundation supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS awareness, college access, and digital literacy. To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $430,000 to Magic Johnson Foundation. To learn more about the Magic Johnson Foundation, visit http://magicjohnson.org/.
NO LIMITS: No Limits offers a one-of-a-kind national theater group and an after-school educational program that enhance the confidence and communication skills for low-income deaf children while providing underserved deaf children with the leadership and academic skills to be college ready. For more information, please visit www.nolimitsfordeafchildren.org
Thirst Project: The Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization. In just six years, The Thirst Project has mobilized more than 300,000 students and young people who have raised over $8 million, 100% of which has been used to build freshwater wells in 12 countries, giving more than 260,000 people safe, clean water. To learn more about The Thirst Project, visit http://www.thirstproject.org.
Last but not least, our local charity here in Detroit:
CASS: Cass Community Social Services is a Detroit based agency dedicated to providing food, shelter, and job opportunities to the homeless. 325 homeless men, women, and children currently are living in one of CCSS' shelters, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing programs. To learn more about CASS, please visit http://casscommunity.org/about/about/.
It would mean the world to me to have this opportunity to help me achieve my goals to becoming the best stylist I can possibly be AND 100% of the donations will go directly to helping the world become a better place! Feel free to choose a specific charity to donate to that you feel you can connect with the most. Just let me know if you have a preference, otherwise it will be spread across all charities. I appreciate every single one of you who support me! The littlest amount can help save somebody in need.
Thank you all SO much for your time and thank you in advance!