Last Friday, while volunteering along with the rest of the American Spa staff for the Healing Arts for Haiti event, I was once again reminded of the importance of giving back. For those of you interested in getting involved with a worthy cause, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and National Cosmetology Association (NCA) have deemed March as Dining For Change Month. A charitable outreach program for the beauty industry, Dining For Change is inviting beauty professionals to network, share, and enjoy each other’s company over a meal while raising money for three worthy causes: Look Good…Feel Better, a program that assists cancer patients; Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund’s CUT IT OUT program; and the PBA-NCA Disaster Relief Fund.
If you’re interested in hosting an event, check out www.ncacares.org/diningforchange. As a host, you get to choose the kind of event (casual or formal dinner, pizza party, etc.), number of invited guests, location, and suggested charitable donation. Each guest then makes a voluntary donation, which is combined with other donations from across the country. One hundred percent of the Dining For Change contributions are used to support the selected charities. In 2009, participating beauty professionals and their colleagues raised more than $100,000. Visit the NCA’s website for a rundown of how to get started. Giving back couldn’t be easier or more fun.