Betty White, Dolly Parton, Fran Drescher Partner with Paul Mitchell Schools. Legendary Entertainers Join 2011 Fundraising Campaign.

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For the eighth consecutive year, the nationwide network of Paul Mitchell beauty schools will spend the months of February through April raising money for charitable organizations. In 2010, the schools raised an all-time high of $1.2 million, bringing their seven-year total to over $4.6 million.

This year Paul Mitchell the School Fresno is working to raise $15,000 as their contribution to the national school goal of $1.5 million. Their Future Professionals will be out in the community seeking donations of cash, products for auction and raffle prizes and more from individuals and businesses alike. The school will be hosting many events during February, March and April. All funds collected will be donated 100% to these charities. Direct donations are also always welcome at the school at 5091 N Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93710. Here are some of their events:

Princess Day,
March 12th at 9:45 AM.

“Make the day of that little princess in your life. Let her know she’s special and Give Back at the same time! She'll enjoy a Princess Up-Do, Manicure, Majestic Make-up (optional) and story time with Princess Sierra and Prince Joaquin. She'll also snack on Mini cupcakes (yum!). Then she'll have her princess portrait taken by a professional photographer. All of this for a donation of only $35!

“Contact Amanda or Leah at 559-224-2700, or right away.”

Fashion Show,
with Celebrity Stylist and Make up Artist Debra Dietrich!
March 25, starting at 6:00.

“Talent and precision, creativity and style all on display as part of this stunning beauty event. Come for the fun, to see high quality runway work and help raise money for some very deserving causes. It's Fashion Week in Fresno! Entrance is a $5 donation at the door, $3 with student ID. This also gets you a chance to win 1 of 7 deluxe baskets of Paul Mitchell product, including Wild Ginger, valued at upwards of $100 each!. Come for the show and stay for the Raffle, a Silent Auction and a Prom Dress Auction.

“Contact Susana Felix at 559-224-2700 or now for more info, to RSVP or to donate for our silent auction.”

Debra Dietrich

Debra is a visionary beauty expert who has that unique ability to see the end result. Known as an Alternative Hairdresser, Debra is also a respected Makeup Artist. She has presented to over 21 Paul Mitchell Schools nationally, worked on the Howard Zinn's Peoples History Project, worked as Key Hair on the Academy Award winning film MILK and on My Bloody Valentine 3-D. Most recently, Debra wrapped NBC's Trauma series as Head of Hair Department.Debra believes strongly in giving back.

As Director of the Spa Getaway for non-profit, Meeting the Need and advocate of Ms. Wheelchair America, she has dedicated countless hours raising awareness and funds for these causes and many others. In August 2010 Debra worked on Moneyball starring Brad Pitt. Debra is currently an Advanced Academy Educator for Paul Mitchell Schools and Co-Founder of MUSE BEAUTY.

Canine Couture,
April 15th, starting at 6:30.

“Pimp your pooche and doll up your darling dog for our second annual crazy Canine Couture fashion show event! All the pups will be here in grrreatly garish gear to strut and sniff. So make sure your little lap lounger doesn't miss their big chance to shake it out beauty school style.

“Runway pet and owner show, silent auction and much, much more.

“Contact: Christine Paul at 559-224-2700, or, now for more info, to RSVP or to donate for our silent auction.”

Our Charities

“We’re so excited to welcome Betty White and Dolly Parton this year, and we’re thrilled to welcome Fran Drescher back again,” said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “All three of these incredible women will play an active role in motivating and encouraging our 12,000 future professionals as they take part in thousands of grassroots ‘FUNraisers,’ from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls. They’ve also joined an elite group of wonderful celebrities who’ve supported us in the past, including Larry King and Vidal Sassoon.”

Emmy-award winning TV star and animal activist Betty White has served on the Morris Animal Foundation board of trustees since 1971. Since its inception in 1948, the foundation has funded more than 1,600 humane animal health studies. Today, its funding supports more than 200 animal health and welfare research studies each year at the world’s most respected research institutions, colleges of veterinary medicine, and zoos. Betty is the organization’s president emeritus and she has sponsored nearly 30 health studies for the foundation. “Partnering with Paul Mitchell Schools is such a wonderful opportunity to help advance the health and well-being of our animal friends,” she said. “On behalf of Morris Animal Foundation, thank you.”

Country music superstar Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library in 1996, to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. She wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families, and she wanted to ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. “All of the wonderful folks at Paul Mitchell Schools love kids as much as I do, so it is an honor to work with them to bring the joy of books to kids all over America,” Dolly said.
Fran Drescher, TV’s “The Nanny,” participated in the 2009 campaign on behalf of her Cancer Schmancer Movement, which she founded to help ensure that women’s cancers be diagnosed while in stage 1, when they are most curable. “I’m so happy to be part of the Paul Mitchell fundraising effort,” she said. “Together, through education, prevention, and policy change, we are going to see a healthier tomorrow. And thanks to you guys, it will be a more beautiful one, too.”

Paul Mitchell Schools proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $4.6 million has been just $68,462—an amazingly low 1.5%, especially compared to the national average of 25%. “At our Paul Mitchell Schools’ family, we are very proud of our commitment to raising money and awareness for a variety of causes and organizations,” Winn Claybaugh says. “We do not spend $300,000 to raise $1 million. Last year, our Paul Mitchell future professionals raised $1.2 million, and we gave $1.2 million to our beneficiaries.”

Some of the top beneficiaries to date include:

Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation    $812,987
Larry King Cardiac Foundation    $300,000
Children’s Miracle Network    $200,000
Habitat for Humanity    $170,000
Food 4 Africa    $250,000
NCA Disaster Relief Fund    $154,000
Cancer Schmancer     $100,000
Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart    $125,000
City of Hope    $87,000
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network    $50,000
CUT IT OUT    $25,000
Kathy Buckley’s No Limits    $20,000

Returning to the campaign for the second year, Children’s Miracle Network founders Donny and Marie Osmond said, “In our family, we were raised to believe we all have a responsibility to give back and help others. We feel like we’ve found an extended family in Paul Mitchell Schools. From last year’s generous donation (twice the amount they originally promised) to the way they’ve reached out locally to the 170-plus Children’s Miracle Network hospitals with their love, service, and passion, Paul Mitchell Schools have shown that giving back is not just about raising money.”

Leeza Gibbons, whose Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation has been a supported charity since the campaign began, says, “If I could start all over, I swear I would sign up to be a student at the Paul Mitchell Schools. These future professionals prove over and over again that they are committed to using their talents and passion for the greater good, and they really know how to spread the love!” 

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About Paul Mitchell Schools

At Paul Mitchell Schools, the teaching style is unique. They believe that education is an adventure and that the learning experience needs to be fun. When visitors tour a Paul Mitchell School, they notice something different—a positive learning environment everywhere they look. The culture within every Paul Mitchell School campus inspires confidence and success. Each school is a learning community that provides future professionals with the opportunities to develop essential skills while exploring their talents, passion, and creativity. Paul Mitchell School instructors—they call them ‘learning leaders’—are trained to draw out the artist in every student and prepare them to compete in the real world. Rather than concentrate only on the basic training needed to pass state licensing board exams, Paul Mitchell Schools provide a well-rounded lifestyle education. Their experienced staff members are specially trained to help future professionals explore all of their creative and professional possibilities.

About the Supported Charities

THE LEEZA GIBBONS MEMORY FOUNDATION provides vital education, empowerment, and energy programming to an ever growing population of family caregivers and resources for those newly diagnosed with chronic illnesses through its intimate, community-centered Leeza’s Place locations.

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Countless individuals, organizations, and media partners unite with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network create miracles by funding medical care, research, and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year.

MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION helps animals enjoy longer, healthier lives. We advance health and welfare research that protects, treats, and cures companion animals, horses, and wildlife worldwide.

DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY inspires a love of reading and a love of books by gifting a brand-new book each month to over 600,000 preschool children. By working with local sponsors, Dolly has now mailed over 30 million books in her efforts to encourage all children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be More!

FOOD 4 AFRICA is committed to supplying at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of South Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left countless numbers of orphaned children and more than a million preschool children do not receive sufficient food.

CANCER SCHMANCER MOVEMENT, founded by Fran Drescher, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all women’s cancers be diagnosed while in stage 1, when they are most curable.

THE ANDREW GOMEZ DREAM FOUNDATION was founded to honor a cosmetology student whose struggle against mental illness ended tragically in suicide. The foundation helps disadvantaged or hard-hit cosmetologists 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.


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