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Paul Mitchell Schools’ Magic of Memories – Benefiting the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
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February 9, 2011


Each year, Future Professionals and staff from the nationwide network of Paul Mitchell Schools spend the months of February through April raising money for various charities with their annual “FUNraising” campaign.

“Giving back is a cornerstone of our philosophy,” says Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “Of course we teach the skills needed for a successful career, but we also teach the skills needed for a successful life, and those include being nice and giving back.”

Paul Mitchell Students

This year’s campaign culminates in the Magic of Memories Dinner, to be held May 1, 2011, in Newport Beach, Ca.  The FUNraising grand totals and top schools will be announced, and all schools will be recognized for their FUNraising efforts.

Magic of Memories 2010

The star-studded event is hosted by Winn Claybaugh, dean and cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools; John Paul DeJoria, Cofounder and Chairman of John Paul Mitchell Systems; and Leeza Gibbons, whose Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation has partnered with the campaign since it began. Representatives from the supported charities also join the festivities and share hosting duties. Past celebrity guests include entertainer Donny Osmond, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, CNN’s Larry King, comedian Kathy Buckley, and more.  This year’s special guests and co-hosts include Betty White, Dolly Parton, Donny and Marie Osmond, Fran Drescher, and Leeza Gibbons.

“If I could start all over, I swear I would sign up to be a student at the Paul Mitchell Schools. These future professionals prove over and over again that they are committed to using their talents and passion for the greater good, and they really know how to spread the love!” said Leeza Gibbons.

Magic of Memories 2009

Thanks to event sponsors who generously underwrite the dinner, every dollar from ticket sales goes directly to the charities. For information about tickets, please contact Elizabeth Valenzuela at

To date, the campaign has raised over $4.6 million to benefit a number of charitable organizations. Rather than seeking huge corporate donations, Future Professionals raise most of the money through grassroots events like cut-a-thons, hair shows, car washes, bake sales, and “Casual for a Cause” days, with donations averaging $5 to $10.
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