Boston Children’s Hospital is an institution that Stilisti Salon admires and supports year after year. April 12th was the 6th annual HAIRraising event, offering haircuts for a minimum $40 donation, with all proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital Boston. Thanks in part to Stilisti’s owner Marisa, the small number of salons originally participating in the event has grown year after year, and 2015 was the very first nation-wide HAIRraising event! For six months prior, our team plans for this event, brainstorming new ideas to raise more and more money and make the day more and more successful.
This year was absolutely Stilisti’s best HAIRraising yet! In addition to the food, decorations (including nearly 100 balloons) and 71 haircuts, our talented artist Reva painted faces, Darlyne did incredible braids at her Braid Bar, Sesey offered colorful mini manicures, and kids battled it out in a game of Jumbo Tic Tac Toe.
The most memorable activity, however, was the “warm wishes” card station – kids created get-well cards for patients at the Hospital. The children at our event really took time to think about and appreciate why they were at the salon and where the money we were raising was going. At the end of the day, as a team, we sat down and read the cards. It brought out emotion in all of us. We were blown away by the insight and thoughtfulness of these kids, most of them 10 years old or younger.
After six months of planning, selling raffle tickets, talking about the event day after day – it was over in the blink of an eye. As a team we raised over 16,000 and every single dime, including all gratuities, will be donated to Children’s Hospital, along with the 55 cards that will be sent to patients. We hope the cards bring a bit of sunshine to the children like they brought to us.
This even could not have been possible without our clients, families and friends who came to our event, donated money and supported through buying raffle tickets. We thank each restaurant, business, store and product company who donated gift cards, items and product baskets to our raffle. Thank you Café 472 for donating the delicious food – the kids couldn’t keep their hands off the pizza! We, we cannot thank Samantha Goresh enough for donating her time and photographing our event. Sam is such an important part of making this day memorable. We also thank our team – each stylist, assistant, salon coordinator, manicurist – this day is possible because of our endless love for our job. Lastly - Marisa Marino – thank you for creating a team that values giving back and supporting our community, and for inspiring us with your drive and passion. We are forever grateful.
Thank you for another incredible HAIRraising event – we are already looking forward to next year!