Patrons at Majestic Hair Design were looking sharp early this week when they extended a helping hand to people affected by cancer.
Majestic Hair Design owner Kim Brown (left) and stylists Lindsay Doran (centre) and Nicole Duchno give Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith a quick trim during the Simcoe County Cuts for Gilda’s Club event on Monday, May 28. The Bracebridge salon joined two others in Muskoka in the fundraiser to benefit Gilda’s Club, a charity that supports those affected by cancer. Both Brown and Duchno have lost loved ones to the disease.
The downtown Bracebridge salon was one of three Muskoka salons that took part in an annual Simcoe County fundraiser on Monday, May 28 for Gilda’s Club, a charity that supports those affected by cancer. Though the event is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary, it is the first time it has been expanded to include salons in Muskoka.
Throughout Monday, patrons received a haircut, wash and styling services from high-end stylists at a special flat rate of $25.
The fundraiser’s cause was especially close to the heart of Majestic Hair Design owner Kim Brown.
“I lost my father two years ago. It’s always nice to help as much as you can,” she said. “We’ve all had family that has been affected by cancer, as well as lots of clients, so it’s really nice that we can give back to all of those people, and to help out in any way we can.”
At the end of the day, the salon raised $645 for the cause, and drew about 25 participating patrons. The salon also got a surprise visit from Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith, who showed up to kick off the fundraiser and to show his support for the cause.
“It’s really important that organizations such as Gilda’s Club are supported and that people living with cancer have a place to turn to that’s a great resource,” he said. “This is a real benefit not only to Gilda’s Club, but once again demonstrates the community spirit in Bracebridge and the fact that we’re always willing to lend a hand.”
Stylin Salon and Spa in Port Carling also took part in the fundraiser, alongside Anny Lynder’s Hair Styling in Gravenhurst, which drew the participation of Gravenhurst Mayor Paisley Donaldson. The Muskoka salons were joined by eight others in the Simcoe County region during the fundraiser.
Last year, organizers say the event raised $3,300 for Gilda’s Club.
Brown says she hopes next year’s event will be even more widely received.
“I’m hoping that more people will hop on-board in Bracebridge in future years,” she said.