Paul Mitchell Schools kicked off their 13th annual FUNraising campaign on March 1, 2016, with a goal of raising $2.5 million for nine 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
- Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation
Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “We’re delighted to partner with nine returning 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, Vidal Sassoon, and Leeza Gibbons.”
Last year, Paul Mitchell Schools raised $1.7 million, bringing their 12-year total to over $15.2 million. They proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $15.2 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.
“People often ask why we promote FUNraising in our schools,” Claybaugh continues. “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.”
All Paul Mitchell School leaders will conclude the FUNraising campaign with a four-day training featuring guest speakers Magic Johnson and beauty industry icon Sam Brocato. The annual FUNraising Gala, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 15, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money. For tickets and additional details, visit www.paulmitchellschoolsfunraising.org.