OCT 2016

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[ 80 ] • DAYSPA • october 2016 winning ways there was barely a dry eye in the spa. It was such a sweet comment, and so rewarding for us to know we touched the girls' lives that day. Both moms were very thankful and joyful that their daughters, who have been through so much, were getting some special pampering. How do philanthropic events benefi t your business? I believe that any time you give back to your community it's rewarding in and of itself. It's such a great concept to think that if we benefi t the community as a spa, we not only positively impact the girls with whom we're working directly, but these uplifting vibes can also ripple into our client base and the city of Houston. We didn't advertise the spa day ahead of time because we didn't want the spotlight on us the day of the event; we wanted the girls to really sit back and enjoy it. There was press afterward, and we were featured not only on the local news but also on ABC News in Houston. Since that day, we've actually had people call for appointments because they saw us on TV. Why do you think giving back is important within the beauty industry? I thought it would be so rewarding for our teen and tween demographic to see that a salon they frequent has a philanthropic arm. Doing something like this creates awareness throughout the community that there are people dealing with challenges such as childhood cancer. Seeing people give back just makes everybody feel good. It provides a human touch and supports our city's residents. I don't think there's any greater reward. Do you plan to host future events, or work with Candelighters going forward? The nonprofi t also hosts a sleepaway camp for kids with cancer and their families, and this past summer Me2 Beauty Bar presented Candlelighters with a check that will enable three children and their loved ones to participate in the program. These kids have a great opportunity to bond with other young cancer patients, and their families can connect with parents and siblings overcoming similar challenges. It's such a wonderful event, and we were very enthusiastic about helping several cancer survivors participate. u

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