AVELLA, Pa. - Stylists from heaven hair salon had a busy Saturday, cutting hair for a cause at the Bullpen Rustic Inn.
The sixth annual cut-a-thon for Locks of Love, held March 19, netted $2,700 for the organization and 22 ponytails, the longest of which was 26 inches. The stylists also did 50 haircuts - the proceeds of which were donated to Locks of Love. Those who donated ponytails of 10 inches or longer received a free cut, and all others paid $10.
Last year, approximately $1,700 was raised and more than 20 ponytails gathered.
Stylist Mary Miller prepares to cut the hair of Robin Hoberek of Langeloth, who donated 26 inches of hair to the Locks of Love program during a cut-a-thon held Saturday at Avella's Bullpen Rustic Inn. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
Employees of heaven hair salon and the Bullpen Rustic Inn volunteered their time and talents for heaven's sixth annual cut-a-thon held at the Bullpen for the second year. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
"We had a lot of walk-ins," said April Alexy, heaven salon manager, who added area individuals and businesses had donated more than 50 items for the Chinese auction. "Everyone has been very generous."
Stylists participating in the event include JoAnn Alexy, Mary Miller, Dessa Zuccaro, Kori Deer, Mariah Marino and Jimmy Lane. All the stylists volunteered their time for the event.
Miller also works as a manager at the Bullpen and helped facilitate the event.
"We just said 'why not?'" said Miller. "We can have a food and entertainment here - it's more of a party atmosphere. It's all about getting more people involved and about a good cause."
Miller said she was inspired to propose a change in location for the cut-a-thon after a singer in a band called for a haircut as the band prepared to go on stage at the Bullpen.
"He had hair down to his waist, and he just said, 'somebody's got to cut this for me,'" she said.
Miller also recruited Jimmy Lane, who worked as a stylist for more than 20 years while living in Florida.
"I went into her husband's bike shop, and she does my hair," he said. "I told her it was almost time for my annual trim, and she asked if I wanted to donate to Locks of Love. I couldn't afford that, but she asked me to come and cut, so I said yes."
Lane, who was participating for the first time, added he enjoyed the event and helping an organization like Locks of Love.
JoAnn Alexy added several of the salon's regular customers waited until the event to get haircuts, because the event benefited Locks of Love.
"We've had a few in the past two weeks who said they needed a cut, but they were waiting," she said, adding the group had seen an increase in the number of haircuts this year. "Every year it's going to get bigger."
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides wigs to children who have lost their own hair because of chronic illness.
Also participating in the event, massage therapists Nikki Cooke, Nick Chotta and Rosemary Quader donated their services, and local country band Brotherville performed immediately following the event.
"We want to thank our customers, all the employees of the Bullpen, everyone who made a donation to the auction and everyone who has stopped by to get a hair cut or just support this event," said April Alexy. "Everyone has just made this event so special. It's always great people and a great event. Just thank you to everyone who helped us."
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