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.
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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 of cause marketing and sponsorship at Children’s Hospital Trust.
"This has become a great program,” Gilfeather said. “The first year, the main focus was getting salons on board with the idea of HAIRraising. Now, we have top salons on Newbury Street and throughout New England that are involved with the program. Last year, our top fundraising salon was Nicholas Michaels Spa in Northborough. They raised over $11,000 for the hospital. The average amount raised for most salons is around $1,500 to $2,000.
"We are so grateful to all of the salons involved in HAIRraising for their support of Children’s Hospital Boston.”
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 Ormond Street Hospital and has since brought the charity here to the United States.
Karen LaRoche, owner of in Wayland and Acton said her hair stylists will be working on Sunday and will be offering their gratuity to the charity.
"We are thrilled to be a part of this charity for the third year," said LaRoche. "A lot of our girls will be in on Sunday to help out and everyone is on board with the event."
Dawn Dulgarian, General Manager of in Wayland and Acton reflects on how many more people have volunteered over the years.
"It's a great thing being able to contribute this way," Dulgarian said. "It's hard as an individual to make a difference, but as a team we make can make a big difference and it's an amazing event. I know initially it was a small group of people that did it the first year but it's evolved to be quite a large event."
All proceeds go to The Children’s Fund. To learn more, visit www.hairraisng4chb.com.