Redken and essie Trim Hunger at NYC Cut-A-Thon
Redken and essie team up to raise more than $16,000 for City Harvest in honor of Hunger
Hairdressers know that hunger is shear madness! To support Hunger Awareness Month, Redken 5th Avenue NYC teamed up with essie to host the Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon at the Redken Exchange on Thursday, September 10, benefitting City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.
The event raised a grand total of $16,310 for City Harvest in just 5.5 hours – that’s almost $3,000 per hour! A team of 65 volunteers and top Redken stylists gave haircuts, blowouts and braids to 90 guests from Manhattan to Milwaukee, while essie, also a sponsor of the event, gave guests “orange thumbie” manicures in their Roarrrrange shade as a symbol of support in the fight against hunger.
Trim Hunger is the most recent non-profit endeavor of Redken stylist Josif Wittnik, owner of Salon CTI and Day Spa and The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton, Wisc. Following a local project to help feed families in need in his community, Josif developed Trim Hunger to raise awareness for the cause and feed the hungry on a national level.
“I am so proud that Josif, who has been with the Redken family for more than 20 years, is the visionary behind such an important event that will help feed the 49 million people who go hungry every year, which is a number that is hard to even fathom,” says Leslie Marino, General Manager, Redken US. “I’m so glad and so proud that the Redken family came together with the community to support such a great cause. That’s what helps makes this industry so special. Everyone wants to give back so badly and has such a big heart.”
Keep following Redken as The Salon Professional Academies (TSPAs) attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ existing record for the most people cutting hair at the same time on September 27 when 22 Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thons will be held simultaneously across the nation!
To learn more about the Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon or to make an online donation, which will be immediately put to work to help put food it in the hands of hungry New Yorkers, visit www.redken.com/whats-hot/trim-hunger/ or www.trimhunger.com.
ABOUT CITY HARVEST:
Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest (cityharvest.org) is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger. City Harvest will collect 55 million pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and deliver it free of charge to 500 community food programs across the city this year. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest takes a long-term approach to fighting hunger by partnering with residents, local organizations and businesses through Healthy Neighborhoods programs which increase the availability of affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income communities and provide the nutrition education and resources to maintain a wholesome, food-secure diet.
USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, Essie cosmetics was founded in New York City by Essie Weingarten, the color authority. Essie is beloved for a visionary approach to nail lacquer featuring catchy, clever names that created a new standard for the category. A leader in luxury, Essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and women of style in over 100 countries. Essie is committed to safe standards with an award-winning line of nail care products and more than 900 shades to date.
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