Salons helping with tsunami relief |

Salons helping with tsunami relief

Scott N. Miller
Preston Utley/ Lisa Brown of Axis Salon styles a clients hair Friday in Edwards, Brown and Axis along with several other salons will be participating in a cut-a-thon where they will donate proceeds to the tsunami victims in Thailand.

EAGLE COUNTY – Need a haircut? Waiting until Jan. 23 could send some help to a part of the world that badly needs it.Several local salons will open their doors that Sunday, usually a day off, for a “cut-a-thon” to raise money to send to relief efforts for the Dec. 26 tsunami that hit southeast Asia and India. Clients will be asked for a minimum donation of $15 for a haircut.”Fifteen’s a good place to start, but $20 would be better,” said Sandi Plott, owner of the Sonlite barber shop in Gypsum. Plott’s shop and Salon Adagio in Eagle will take part in the cut-a-thon Sunday.

All of the money raised will be donated to Alpine Bank, which is matching donations to the tsunami relief effort, then giving the money to UNICEF, a charity for children run by the United Nations.Soon after news broke about the devastation wrought by the tidal waves, Brown wanted to do something. She had organized a similar cut-a-thon to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, and decided it was time for another.She started calling fellow salon owners, and quickly had several salon owners on board, as well as Pure Life Skin Care in Edwards. That shop will take donations for eyebrow waxes and chair massages on Jan. 23.

“Everything is falling into place really well,” Brown said.In addition to donations for haircuts, all tips will go to the Red Cross, Brown said. In addition, local merchants have donated gift baskets and other items for a raffle. That money will be donated to the Red Cross, as will a portion of all the retail sales rung up that day.Plott hopes locals respond as generously as they did for the 2001 event, she said.

“We had people throwing $50s in the jar last time,” Plott said. “I hope we get that this time.”Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or Daily

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