MODERN REPORTS: Paul Mitchell FUNraising 2014 Gala

MODERN REPORTS: Paul Mitchell FUNraising 2014 Gala

THE EVENT: This is the 11th year that students and staff from the 110 Paul Mitchell Schools have come together to raise awareness and money for their FUNraising campaign, a three-month effort (February –April) that supports a variety of charities. The 2014 FUNraising Gala was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, May 4.

THE DETAILS: The celebration was hosted by Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh and actress/producer/author/cancer activist Fran Drescher, and featured the award-winning husband-and-wife jazz duo Tuck and Patti and a galaxy of celebrity superstars including Paul Mitchell Co-Founder John Paul DeJoria, Magic Johnson, Marie Osmond, Fran Drescher, Sara Rue, Danny Trejo, Ricky and Andrea Schroder, Joanne Worley and Kathy Buckley. The charities benefitting each year have included Habitat for Humanity, NCA Disaster Relief Fund, Magic Johnson Foundation, Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Food 4 Africa

THE SUPERSTARS: Raising $5¬–$10 at a time with grassroots activities like cut-a-thons, hair shows, golf tournaments, princess parties and car washes, the campaigns have raised over $11.2 million in 10 years, including $2.6 million in 2013. With each school setting a goal of at least $15,000, the first 100 schools that managed to raise $3,000 attended the gala and a special day of hands-on education the following day.

The top 20 schools will receive a day of education in their school with industry artist and educators who donate their time.

FINAL WORD:  “In the 11-year existence of the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation and our 10 years of FUNraising, the cost incurred in raising $11.2 million has been less than 2.4% — an amazingly low amount compared to the national average of 25%. Our expenses are little to none: we have no salaries, no rent, and no utilities. Our accountants, attorneys, and board of directors all donate their time. Even the money raised through our FUNraising Gala ticket sales goes directly to the charities, thanks to generous sponsors who cover the Gala costs. In other words, we don’t spend $100 trying to raise $200!”– Winn Claybaugh, Dean and Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools

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