2015 #WellaCares Challenge Winners Revealed!
The folks at Wella Professionals know that hairdressers have huge hearts, which is one of the main reasons they revamped their #WellaCares Challenge to incorporate not just philanthropic causes such as heart disease research and autism awareness, but environmental issues as well. After receiving hundreds of worthy entries, Wella has announced the winners. Congratulations to Michelle Erjavac & Vivian Pisano. Each will receive $10,000 for their dedication and commitment to charity-related and environmental sustainability efforts.
Salon Sustainability Grand Prize Winner, Vivian Pisano, from The Secret Garden Spa, was awarded $10,000 for her work promoting eco-friendly practices. The Secret Garden Spa uses organic spray tans, mobile friendly programs to cut out paper printing, refurbished furniture and high efficiency lighting, and machines. Vivian plans to use the award to build a greenhouse which will be maintained by On Your Mark, a community-based program, employing people with developmental disabilities, who will also utilize it for their local café and other work programs. “As a service provider we have a one on one connection with our clients, giving us the power to affect lives on a daily basis,” says Vivian. “The power to inspire others to make simple changes creating a trickle effect is the most impactful.”
Community Impact Grand Prize Winner, Michelle Erjavac, from United Hair Lines was awarded $10,000 for her work with The Warrior Support Team, a charity that provides support and services to wounded, ill, and injured military service members and their families. Michelle, along with her salon family, used their day off to host a charity event to help bring awareness to this cause, raising $2,700. “These men and women sacrificed so much for our great country but I never realized how much they and their families are affected,” says Michelle. “Twenty-two active duty and military personnel commit suicide in the U.S. every day and we want to do something to help.”
In addition to the two $10,000 grand prizes, Wella will award 10 additional finalists a total of $20,000 in prize money this calendar year.
Five Runner Up Winners for Salon Sustainability (in alphabetical order):
Cathy Brown-Issel – Ele’s Place, Brown and DeLine Salon, Ann Arbor, MI
Gabbie Vossler – Glass Door Salon and Spa, Anaheim, CA
Kristine Singer – Solo Salon, Chicago, IL
Linden Glavich –The Linden & Company Salon and Spa, Eureka, CA
Lori Maclean – Essential Elements Hair, Antigonish, NS
Five Runner Up Winners for Community Impact include (in alphabetical order):
Christopher Lane Blackmer – CCSO Crimes Against Persons Unit, Razzle Dazzle College, Caldwell, ND
Donna Richardson – Simply Hair Salon, Cynthiana, KY
Rebecca Wood – Haircuts for Hospice, Cloud 9 Salon, Mapleton, ND
Sam Pecoraro – YWCA Women’s Domestic Violence Group, Pecoraro Salon, Lockport, NY
Stephanie Gearheart – The Daisy Project, Prime Designz Salon, Lake Orion, MI
The #WellaCares Challenge is part of Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart program, which provides lifetime career support at four critical stages of a hairdresser’s career: student, new talent, working hairdresser and salon owner. Aimed at helping hairdressers and salon owners amplify their contributions to charity within their local communities, participants from across North America submitted videos and essays revealing their passion and actionable efforts toward various charity-driven causes and contributing to environmental sustainability via their salons.
The next #WellaCares Challenge will start in spring 2016. For more information and updates, please, visit www.HairdressersAtHeart.com.