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FUNraising Updates

Paul Mitchell Schools Raise $2.1 Million for Charity

11th Annual Gala Features Magic Johnson, Fran Drescher, Danny Trejo, Marie Osmond, Sara Rue, John Paul DeJoria, Ricky & Andrea Schroder, JoAnne Worley, Kathy Buckley

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – May 4, 2014) – After three months and literally thousands of hair shows, casual days, cut-a-thons, and “FUNraisers,” more than 13,000 cosmetology students from 110 Paul Mitchell Schools raised over $2.1 million for 11 selected charities, bringing their 11-year total to more than $13.3 million. This year’s total was announced at the annual FUNraising Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton and hosted by actor, producer, cancer activist Fran Drescher and Paul Mitchell Schools’ Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh.

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2014 Weeks 9-10 Update

Hi Everyone!

The First 100 contest is officially closed! I'm so proud of the 100 Future Professionals and staff members who raised at least $3,000 each, for a total of over $300,000 from this contest alone! I'm also extremely proud and honored by each and every one of you who came close or even not-so-close. Every dollar we raise will help someone who needs our help, so keep up the great work and know that YOU are making a difference today.

With just 3 weeks left in this year’s campaign, consider trying some of the ideas listed in this week’s Victories. And if you haven’t had a ONE Event, please schedule one now. They’re easy, they don’t require much advance planning, and THEY WORK! You’ll find everything you need on the Hub, under the FUNraising tab.

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2014 Week 8 Update

Hi Everyone!

We’ve reached the midway point in our 2014 FUNraising campaign! Have you shown the Midway Fireburner Webinar in your school? Tabatha Coffey shared an inspiring message, we announced the Top 10 schools at the midway point, and we heard some great FUNraising ideas from several of our schools!

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2014 Week 7 Update

Hi Everyone!

This week’s big news was our Midway Fireburner with special guest Tabatha Coffey. Tabatha helped us announce the latest victories, along with the top 10 schools as of the midway point. Congratulations to the top 10 and to every school for your hard work so far! I know the best is yet to come, so please keep sharing your victories, photos, and great ideas.

CLICK HERE to watch the Midway Fireburner.

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2014 Week 6 Update

Hi Everyone!

WOW! We’re almost at the halfway point of our 2014 campaign. Are you on track to reach your goal? The halfway point is a great time to see where you stand and make adjustments as needed. And here’s some great news … statistically, most of our schools raise MORE money during the second half of the FUNraising campaign than they do in the first half!

The midway point is the perfect time for some inspiration and motivation, so mark your calendars for our …

Midway Fireburner Webinar:
Tuesday, March 18
Special Guest: Tabatha Coffey
Top 10 Schools Revealed!


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2014 Week 5 Update

Hi Everyone!

HERE’S A VERY IMPORTANT REQUEST – On Tuesday, March 11, please send an update of your school’s current FUNraising total to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will keep your total confidential, if you like (I know some schools are having a friendly competition) but please send in your school’s total on March 11 so we can recognize the top 10 on the Midway Fireburner Webinar!

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2014 Weeks 3-4 Update

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Paul Mitchell The School Las Vegas, where I saw their amazing “FUNraising Know-It-All Wall.” What a great idea! They put all of their FUNraising forms, calendars, and other important information in one place, and they even made a Facebook video about it.

Speaking of videos, have you seen the 2014 FUNraising Campaign playlist on our Paul Mitchell Schools YouTube channel? You’ll find the fireburners and special messages from our partners, including a beautiful new message from Kathy Buckley and the No Limits kids. Be sure to share the links on your social networks and spread the great news about our FUNraising campaign! And if you have a video to share, please let me know, so we can add it to the playlist!

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2014 Week 2 Update

Drum roll, please … as of today, we have 76 confirmed winners in the First 100 contest! Wow! 76 winners x $3,000 means that $228,000 has been raised by the First 100 contest alone! We  still have 24 spots left … will I see YOU at the Gala? Remember, the First 100 winners will attend the FUNraising Gala PLUS a special day of hands-on education with Vivienne Mackinder and Cao Cosmetics.

This week, many of you wrote in about your wonderful FUNraisers, ONE Events, and First 100 winners. We’re off to an exciting start and I’m so proud of you! Included in this email are some amazing victories, so keep reading till the end — and keep those victories coming!

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2014 Week 1 Update

ColumbusMany of you called and emailed to say that last Tuesday’s launch parties were absolutely AMAZING! All across America, thousands of Future Professionals and staff members watched the 2014 launch video and heard special messages from our fabulous partners about this year’s sponsored organizations. You also heard some great ideas from a few of last year’s top FUNraising schools, and a special message from Fran Drescher. Even more exciting, many of you wrote in about your wonderful FUNraisers, ONE Events, and First 100 winners. We’re off to an exciting start and I’m so proud of you! Included in this email are some amazing victories, so keep reading till the end.

Our first fireburner is now available on the Paul Mitchell Schools YouTube channel so you can replay and share with your social networks!

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Star-Studded Lineup Keeps the “FUN” in “FUNraising”

HWGB rsz-2Betty White, Fran Drescher, Donny and Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Gary Sinise, Sara Rue, Danny Trejo, Ricky Schroder, and Kathy Buckley Join Paul Mitchell Schools’ 2014 “FUNraising” Campaign

Paul Mitchell Schools kicked off their 11th annual FUNraising campaign on January 28, 2014. Students and staff members from over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools schools will spend the months of February through April raising money for charitable organizations. Their goal: $2.5 million. Their partners: A star-studded celebrity lineup representing 11 spectacular charities.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Betty White, Donny and Marie Osmond, Gary Sinise, Magic Johnson, Fran Drescher, and Kathy Buckley are back again this year,” said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “We’re also delighted to welcome the incredible Sara Rue, Danny Trejo, and Ricky Schroder to our ‘FUNraising’ family. Each of these incredible individuals will play an active role in motivating and encouraging our 13,000 future professionals as they raise money through thousands of grassroots events, from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls. Our partners are members of an elite group of wonderful celebrities who’ve supported us in the past, including Dolly Parton, Larry King, Vidal Sassoon, and Leeza Gibbons.”

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