Liz Rapalus, Theory & Final Phase Leader from Temple Frederick was one of the “First 100” Paul Mitchell FUNraisers across the United States to earn a spot to Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising Gala in Hollywood, California this past May! Liz used her professional expertise to offer Future Professionals a unique opportunity to gain experience working with vibrant “coloring book” hair styles.
Each year Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising Campaign honors and rewards the first 100 Future Professionals, team members, and Paul Mitchell National Educators who raise $3,000 in donations for charity with an opportunity to attend this exclusive event.
“It’s all about giving a little bit of you back to those that surround you. I was honored to be one of the First 100 this year and was even more excited to bring back the knowledge of what I learned in Hollywood with the Future Professionals here in Frederick. It was an awesome experience!” said Liz.
Winners of the “First 100” also enjoyed a “meet and greet” photo op with celebrity guests plus a day of hands-on education the next day with longhair expert Martin Parsons, master barber Darrin “DL” Lyons, and Debra Dietrich.
Charities that benefitted from this year’s FUNraising campaign included the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, Cancer Schmancer, Leeza’s Care Connection, CAST, Magic Johnson Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, No Limits, Food 4 Africa
Future Professionals and staff from The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School recently donated their time and talents as part of Discovery Communications & TLC’s Say Yes To The Prom program, a nation-wide effort to make prom dreams come true for nearly 800 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the country.
“From the beginning, we knew that Say Yes To The Prom was special and that we wanted to be a part of this opportunity. Giving back is the foundation of what we do at The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School. The effects of this effort go beyond simply one night in these teenager’s lives – it creates lasting change,” said Sharon Riser, co-owner of The Temple.
Local teens selected from area high schools were invited to the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland for a day of shopping and pampering to get them ready for a prom night they will never forget. Each participant was paired with a Discovery employee who served as a prom-consultant, personal shopper and style assistant throughout the day, and who ultimately will become a mentor beyond the event.
“It was very heartwarming to be a part of this experience. I personally know what it is like to be underprivileged and how tremendous an experience like this could be on someone’s life,” said Future Professional Serena Russell. “It was fun to get to do quick little makeovers on the girls, make them feel special and give them a small taste of the prom experience.”
One of the highlight’s of the event was the opportunity to work with Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. He was also on hand throughout the day to ensure his personal touch was given to every ensemble before each girl said “yes to the prom dress.”
“It was such an amazing experience getting to work with all of the young students and the staff. I feel so honored to have been a part of such a huge once in a lifetime opportunity to help these students have the prom they deserve! I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve received from the Temple so far and can’t imagine following my dream anywhere else!” remarked Future Professional Lauren Kline.
Say Yes To The Prom made stops in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Chicago, and Silver Spring, Maryland.