This archived article was written by: Ashley Stilson
USU Eastern’s cosmetology students had a spectacular bake sale Wednesday, fundraising to donate to women in the community fighting breast cancer.
The students raised around $570 from the baked goods. Chrissy Cox, a USU Eastern cosmetology student, mentioned on the sales, “We sold mostly everything. Our back stock supply was almost gone, and we had almost double the staff from last year.”
Titled Salons for Survival, this is the second annual fundraiser to offset the financial struggles of locals who battle breast cancer. Last year the total amounted to around $4,300. The goal this year is to raise over $5,000.
The funds are given to United Way of Southeastern Utah who use the money to pay for mammograms, screenings, travel on the Perky Bus for treatments, paying for chemo treatment and so on.
“We came up with Salons for Survival because we wanted to do something to help the community,” Alicia Marrelli, owner of Bellasano Salon and Spa and organizer of Salons for Survival, commented, “We wanted to support the women who come into the salon, to help with the financial aspects of breast cancer.”
The best part is that all the funds will stay local. USU Eastern Cosmetology student Crystal Elliott said, “It’s a way good cause because [the profits] stay local.” Alexis Allard added, “None of the profits go to big corporations.”
Marrelli invited the local salons to join in the fundraiser. The salons signed up to help raise money, promising to donate 20 percent of their entire sales every Tuesday in October.
They have conducted raffles throughout the month and have had T-shirts designed with the Salons for Survival logo. Salons will accept donations in exchange for tickets to win prizes and drawings will be held on Nov. 1.
Besides Bellasano Salon and Spa, nine salons helped in the event: Don Marcos, The Image of Beauty, Jalynn’s Barber Shop, Living Balance Studios, Perfect Touch Beauty Supply and Salon, Risque Beauty Shop, Sunset Glow Tanning, and USU Eastern Cosmetology.
Salons for Survival is sponsored by radio stations KUSA/KASL.