Generally, Monday is not my favorite day of the week—knowing there are five full days of work in front of me tends to make me a little depressed. But that trend has changed today—I just got word that Healing Arts for Haiti raised more than $20,000 for UNICEF Haiti Relief Fund for Children, making today an excellent and inspiring start to the week.
The event occurred on Feb. 12 when the spa, wellness, skincare, and beauty industries came together in Manhattan in a grassroots effort to provide relief funds for the children of Haiti. More than 300 volunteers and service providers and more than 100 companies donated their time, services, and products. From noon until 8 p.m., more than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a marathon of massage, facials, skincare, acupuncture, yoga, hair, and makeup services and shopped in the pop-up boutique filled with premium spa and beauty products marked at sample sale prices. All individuals and companies generously donated their time, services and products and 100% of all monies raised went directly to the UNICEF Relief Fund for Children.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who got involved. Along with Oasis Day Spa and the Swedish Institute, additional supporting organizations and media partners included: The Grand Hyatt Hotel New York, American Spa magazine, Spa Magazine, Acupuncture Body Work, Affinia Dumont Hotel, Beach Bum Tanning, C2 Media, Cantone Press, Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Curiosity Works, the Day Spa Association, Eve Pearl Beauty, Reed Exhibitions, SpaFinder, Savoy Professional Magazine, Massage Warehouse, Matis Paris, MD Corrective Care, OnMakeup Magazine, Radiancy, Shecky’s, SpiriPhysical, The Powder Group, Top Massage Tables, and What’s Hot. I’d also like to offer a special thank you to American Spa’s partners who donated products for the retail area and silent auction, including Aetó Botanica, B. Kamins Chemist, Bliss, Cuccio Naturale, Darphin, Dermafile, Dermalogica, Dermaquest, Duri, Éminence Organic Skin Care, Enjoy Hair Care, GliSODin Skin Nutrients, Guinot Paris, HBL Hair Care, Image International Skin Care, Izunami, Jan Marini, NovaLash, OPI, Phytomer, Pevonia, Skin 2 Skin Care, Skinceuticals, Sonya Dakar, Star Nails, TanTowel, Temptu, Yon-Ka Paris, and Youngblood.
The event was a terrific success, and the fundraising will be ongoing. The Facebook fan page has more than 1,000 fans and is growing daily. Sales of donated products will continue, and the word-of-mouth throughout the community of volunteers, sponsors, and patrons of the event will certainly keep the giving spirit alive. My team and I are so grateful to have been a part of this amazing day, and I hope the success of Healing Arts for Haiti inspires everyone in the spa industry to make charity a part of your business.
And if you would still like to contribute, you can donate to the cause via the organization’s UNICEF page.