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November 13, 2007 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ratner Companies Raises over $85,000 for Habitat for Humanity
Local Hair Cuttery, BUBBLES and Salon Cielo Stylists participate in a dedication ceremony for the home they helped build in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans
Vienna, VA – This week, Ratner Companies, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, wrapped-up its in-salon fundraising campaign for Habitat for Humanity. Nearly 1,000 Ratner salons participated in the campaign, raising a total of $88,752 – enough to build a new home for a family in the New Orleans region who was left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“I am so proud of our Stylists – they have shown a tremendous commitment to this cause, and through their efforts, we have raised enough money to build a safe home for a family affected by Hurricane Katrina,” said Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO of Ratner Companies.
This past weekend, Stylists from Hair Cuttery, BUBBLES, and Salon Cielo traveled to New Orleans to meet with Brenda Doggett and her daughter, Hannah – the family who will live in the home donated by Ratner Companies. They worked to landscape the finished home and participated in a dedication ceremony. To see pictures from the dedication ceremony, click here.
“This was an unforgettable experience for our Stylists,” said Debbie Wiseman, Vice President, Hair Cuttery. “By spending some time with Brenda and Hannah, we were able to see first-hand the impact our donations has made on this family. It was incredibly rewarding, and we were all so proud to be involved.”
Ratner Companies joined others in the beauty industry to support Hairdressers Unlocking Hope, a national charitable campaign spearheaded by industry icon Vidal Sassoon and BehindTheChair.com founder Mary Rector-Gable, to help raise awareness of the continued devastation in the Gulf Coast 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.
The Ratner family donated a home to Habitat for Humanity this summer, and was so inspired by the cause they mobilized all Ratner Stylists to get their clients involved in this worthwhile cause. The Dedication Ceremony this weekend was the culmination of the campaign, and continues a legacy of charitable giving by Ratner Companies, to both national and local causes.
To see photos from the dedication ceremony in New Orleans, click here.
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 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.