The idea began with Katrina Smiley, stylist and former owner of Hair Connection on Queen Street. Her business and personal philosophy has always been to support the community and give back whenever possible. She said “it is important to me to do community events, to be involved.”
Restrictions from the pandemic have seen the doors of hair salons shut this year for all but six weeks, making it nearly impossible to contribute, but Smiley was determined to use her expertise and the demand for her services for the betterment of the community.
She came up with the idea, or as she says “a really cool way” to give back. She decided to give people, who are all desperate for a haircut, the opportunity to earn their way to get a first appointment after restrictions ease, by auctioning off her first three appointments to the highest bidders. And people are bidding – she’s raised more than $3,700 as of press time with another 10 days to go in the auction. All funds raised will be donated to Huron Shores Hospice.
It wasn’t long before co-owners Courtney Dales and Danielle Mullen approached Smiley to collaborate and expand on the fundraiser. They wanted to open it up to as many people as possible, while maximizing on the amount of money they could raise. They devised a plan to hold a contest, offering tickets at $20 each and entitling the lucky ticket-holders to receive the treatment of their choice. Staff at Hair Connection was enthusiastic about the fundraiser and offered to donate between one and three appointments each.
Smiley is also putting the challenge out to local businesses and organizations who want to participate by making a donation or matching the funds the salon raises.
“Collectively, as a salon, after everything we have been through this year, we wanted to use our demand in a way to help our community,” said Dales.
“We miss our clients and we can’t wait to get back to doing what we love,” said Smiley.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Hair Connection and payment can be made through e-transfer.
The winning tickets will be drawn on June 18.
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent