Ratner Companies started with one salon and two Stylists back in 1974. Dennis Ratner was an up-and-coming hairdresser working in his father's Louis salon in Washington, D.C. It was the beginning of a new era, and Dennis envisioned a unisex salon convenient for the whole family. Over dinner with then-wife and fellow Stylist Ann, Dennis sketched on a cocktail napkin a business plan that laid the groundwork for the first Hair Cuttery salon. We are a company  were it's all about the people...We are Ratner Companies We are a company  were it's all about the people...We are Ratner Companies
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Ratner Companies salons - Hair Cuttery, BUBBLES and Salon Cielo - join fundraising effort with Vidal Sassoon benefiting Habitat for Humanity International's Gulf Coast recovery efforts

Vienna, VA, September, 2007 – With the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Ratner Companies, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, launches a new charitable campaign to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and its efforts to build houses in the Gulf Coast.

"The Ratner family has donated $85,000 to Habitat for Humanity to build the first Ratner home for Hairdressers Unlocking Hope," said Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO, Ratner Companies. "Now we are mobilizing nearly 12,000 employees to reach out to our clients and ask them to join us in building more homes." Ratner Associates also contribute to the effort through donations, a surplus product sale, and silent auction.

All Ratner Companies salons are fundraising for the effort, including: Hair Cuttery, a value-priced family hair salon with nearly 850 locations spanning the East Coast from New England to Florida and the Chicago region; BUBBLES, a growing chain of salons on the cutting edge of fashion, with over 30 locations in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; and Salon Cielo, an upscale retreat offering sophisticated services in a serene and tranquil environment, with 12 locations in select cities, including Boca Raton and Washington, DC.

"We have several Stylists who were living in New Orleans when Katrina hit and relocated to the Atlanta region," said Ratner. "We welcomed them into our family, and are thrilled to join this campaign as a way of giving hope and homes to those affected by this tragedy." Hairdressers Unlocking Hope continues a legacy of charitable giving by Ratner Companies, to both national and local causes, including the The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Red Cross, Locks of Love, March of Dimes, and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Ratner Companies joins others in the beauty industry to support Hairdressers Unlocking Hope, a campaign spearheaded by industry icon Vidal Sassoon and BehindTheChair.com founder Mary Rector-Gable, to help raise awareness of the continued devastation felt in the wake of the 2005 hurricane season, and to make a lasting difference in the region by building 20 new houses in the hard-hit parish of St. Tammany, LA, near New Orleans.

"In the case of New Orleans and other affected areas, there is so much work to be done to restore housing and hope," said Vidal Sassoon. "We need to come together to show the world how caring, giving and strong our community of hairdressers can be."

About Ratner Companies
Ratner Companies is a family-owned, family-oriented company operating Hair Cuttery (company-owned and franchised), BUBBLES, Salon Cielo and Spa, ColorWorks and Salon Plaza, each designed to meet the varied needs and personalities of an ever increasing client base. Co-founded in 1974 by Dennis Ratner, a licensed stylist who grew up working in his father's Washington, DC salon, and fellow stylist Ann Ratner, the company has more than 12,000 stylists in nearly 1,000 salons across 19 states.

About Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon, founder of the internationally-acclaimed company which bears his name, revolutionized the hair industry with his creation of haircuts based on the relationships of geometric shapes. "Sassooning" forever changed the hairdressing and fashion world. Today he heads the Vidal Sassoon Foundation, dedicated to pursuing his philanthropic interests worldwide, including the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Related Bigotries at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

About Mary Rector-Gable
Mary Rector-Gable founded behindthechair.com in 2000. The professional beauty industry's first and largest web community, designed exclusively for licensed beauty professionals, has welcomed more than 15 million visitors since its inception and now boasts more than a half million monthly visitors. Rector-Gable has also spearheaded a number of philanthropic programs, and was recently honored with the Beacon of Leadership for Community Service Award by the National Cosmetology Association for her outstanding efforts in raising money and awareness for Katrina victims.

About Hairdressers Unlocking Hope
Hairdressers Unlocking Hope is an innovative fundraising campaign created and led by Vidal Sassoon, hair industry icon, and Mary Rector-Gable, founder of the international beauty industry website behindthechair.com. It has two goals, the first, to bring continued awareness to the desperation still felt by families in the aftermath of Katrina. The second, to show the world that the entire hairdressing community, working together, can make miracles happen. In 2007 / 2008 Hairdressers Unlocking Hope has focused on reaching out to the families impacted by the hurricanes in the US Gulf coastal region. Our charity of choice for this work is Habitat for Humanity International.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

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