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June 11, 2014

Save the Date! A Night of Wigs and Wishes

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Martino Cartier, Celebrity Stylist and Founder of Friends Are By Your Side, created the 1st Annual Night of Wigs and Wishes in 2013, with a goal to raise funds and additional awareness for children affected by cancer. From the event’s proceeds, several wishes for women and children battling cancer and suffering hair loss were granted. From toy drives, Justin Bieber meet and greets and Disney Trips to Queen O’ The Dog, Friends Are By Your Side and its growing network are dedicated to making dreams come true.



Friends Are By Your Side is the home of Wigs & Wishes. In 1988, Martino Cartier began the journey of changing lives through his career as a salon owner, stylist, educator and TV personality. On may 10, 2011, www.FriendsAreByYourSide.com was born. Martino’s vision was to join forces with salons across the world and take the pledge to restore dignity to women who lost their hair to chemotherapy at no charge. His goal was to find a safe haven for women to go, regardless of their financial situation.



Presently, there are hundreds of salons that have made that dream a reality. Martino’s desire took on a new light when he met Kiki two years ago. Kiki was a beautiful girl who had been battling cancer since she was only eight years old. She had been turned down for a wig by a number of foundations. In April of 2012, Kiki and Martino were introduced when Kiki’s mother reached out to New Jersey State Freeholder, Vincent Nestore. The two stuck up a friendship; Martino made her a custom wig, and the rest is history!



Seven months later, on November 4, 2012, Martino and Friends Are By Your Side Foundation brought Kiki to meet Justin Bieber. Not only did she arrive in a hot pink stretch limo, but she was also given the chance to hang out with Justin before the show and take pictures. Following her meet-and-greet, Kiki was given front row tickets and sat on Martino’s shoulders during the whole concert; the entire day was priceless.


One week later, Kiki lost her battle to childhood cancer, leaving Martino with a broken heart, but a validation that the mission of Friends Are By Your Side Foundation was truly his life’s purpose. Since then, hundreds of wigs have been given and dozens of wishes have been granted to generous people just like you.


Mark your calendars and help celebrate the 2nd Annual Night of Wigs & Wishes! Your participation will help Friends Are By Your Side change the lives of countless women and children battling cancer.


Besides doing good, you’ll have a great time, too! Here are some of the amazing event details for October 5th:


Celebrity Guests


Paula Julie Abdul
American singer, choreographer, songwriter, dancer, actress and television personality. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Renewed fame and success as an original judge on American Idol, CBS’ television series Live to Dance, The X Factor, American Idol, All-Stars Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and the Australian version of the show for its 2014 revival.


Mary Sciarrone
The Cake Boss: Mary is the middle child of all the Valastro siblings and works at the bakery on the retail side dealing with customers.


Gail Giacomo (with Entire Cast)
Gatsby Salon
Owner/Manager of the Gatsby Salon. Gayle’s second husband was the Gatsby’s original owner; when he passed away from a sudden heart attack, Gayle took over the business and renovated it for 2 years.


Jersey Licious with Entire Cast 


Don’t Call Me Francis
With over 25 years experience in the industry, The Don’t Call Me Francis Band is one of the most requested bands in the Philadelphia Tri-state area and beyond. For 12 consecutive years, the Courier Post’s Readers Choice voted them Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. 




$150.00 per ticket

After Hour Party – $65.00 per ticket


Tickets Include:
—Exquisite Cocktail Hour with Lavish Stations, Butlered Hors d’ Oeuvres
—A Full 3 Course Sit Down Dinner
—Desserts from The Cake Boss
—A Live Band and DJ


Become A Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor: $20,000
Platinum Sponsor: $15,000
Gold Sponsor: $10,000
Silver Sponsor: $5,000


Click here for more sponsor information!


“Kiki, you’re our heart and soul and the reason we fight. Just as I promised, you will never be forgotten. I dedicate this night to you!”
– Love, Martino aka Martini


For more information, visit www.FriendsAreByYourSide.com

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