AUG 2014

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86 DAYSPA | AUGUST 2014 WINNING WAYS corsage. That night they attend a catered dinner, and the charity brings in male camp counselors to escort them. It's so nice for them to have that experience. And for the girls, the Princess Program night is a surprise! How much does Dolce's staff enjoy participating in the Princess Program? They've had such great experiences with the girls, many of whom aren't told on a regular basis that they're beautiful. To be able to give someone else that feeling of being beautiful, and to allow them that day to just be a pretty girl and not worry about anything, that's wonderful. It's also fun for our client coordinator staff, such as our receptionists, who might not normally get to do something like this. They act as personal shoppers for the girls, helping them pick out a dress, jewelry and shoes. Tell us about Dolce's contributions team. We have about 40 members on the team, including the owner, directors and staff members, among them estheticians and client coordinators. In addition to the philanthropic events we've discussed, the team organizes food drives at Thanksgiving time and toy drives during the holidays. It's a nice way for someone who has an interest in or passion for helping others to be able to incorporate it into their work here. How else does Dolce's staff benefi t by taking part in such charitable efforts? It's a bonus for our staff to be able to interact with other employees. On a typical day, the stylists are in the salon and our spa professionals, estheticians and massage therapists are in their rooms—when we're all working on clients, we don't get to spend a lot of time together. So when we get the chance to do something like this, it's a good feeling and a great team-building opportunity. What tips would you offer spa and salon owners looking to get more involved in giving back to their communities? I'd suggest they seek out local nonprofi ts and charities engaged in work that appeals to them and then reach out. In my experience, these groups won't turn down a helping hand—they're very receptive to the idea of working with a spa, and appreciative of the interest. Corrie Pelc is a freelance writer and editor based in Sacramento, California. • Use FreeInfo #43 Readers' Choice Award

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