The campaign’s highlight was the Magic of Memories dinner and auction, held April 28, 2007, at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach, California, hosted by radio and TV personality Leeza Gibbons and featuring special guest speaker Vidal Sassoon.
School Dean and Co-founder Winn Claybaugh proudly announced this year’s grand total of $579,000. Approximately $544,000 was raised by Paul Mitchell Schools across the country and $35,000 came from the Magic of Memories dinner and auction.
Minutes after the total was announced, school owner Michael Galvin took the stage and auctioned off five days’ use of his Paul Mitchell Schools “Believe in the Magic” bus, which comes complete with a mobile hair salon.
The spontaneous gesture brought the audience to their feet and generated an additional $36,000 for the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, raising the grand total to $615,000 and taking the four-year total to more than $1.3 million.
“The incredible amount of money raised by our Paul Mitchell Future Professionals one dollar at a time, five dollars at a time, in very grassroots-type fund raising efforts, proves that individuals—even poor beauty school students—can and do make a difference,” Winn said.
As in years past, this year’s recipients include Leeza’s Place, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, and a newcomer to the list, Habitat for Humanity.
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