Beauty School Notorious for Fundraising is at it Again

One U.S.-based beauty school that comes to mind anytime someone in the industry mentions fundraising is at it again with a new wave of campaigns.

Paul Mitchell beauty schools spend months every year raising money for charity and garnering the attention of the star-studded sponsors of the founding organizations.

This is the 9th year in a row that the beauty school will spend all of February, March, and April hosting creative fundraisers for some its favorite charities. Among them this year are the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Morris Animal Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, Food 4 Africa, Best Friend’s Animal Society, Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, and No Limits – all with celebrity sponsors. Sponsors not named include Betty White, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Kristin Bauer, Kathy Buckley, and John Paul DeJoria.

As if the millions raised and donated to these organizations each year were not enough, Paul Mitchell beauty school has its own foundation, too. The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and financial help to cosmetology school students and new professionals in the industry. Their efforts include launching promising professionals into better careers and helping out disadvantaged salons who are facing hardships and tough times.

The beauty school’s non-profit foundation has also helped support breast cancer research and related causes as well as Hurricane Katrina efforts in New Orleans. The organization was created in remembrance of Andrew Gomez, a cosmetology instructor who was widely known for being nearly intuitive about the needs of others.

Gomez is described as a handsome caregiver with a great sense of humor who was often the life of the party. He also suffered from major bouts of depression and mental illness, which is why he may have been so tuned to the needs of others. Paul Mitchell beauty schools started the foundation after the death of the beloved colleague, who committed suicide in 2002.