2015 Paul Mitchel School FUNraising

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The results are in! After three months of cut-athons, fashion shows, princess parties, and thousands of other “FUNraising” events, the 14,000 Future Professionals and staff members from 110 Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools raised $1.7 million in their 2015 FUNraising campaign. Proceeds will benefit 11 major nonprofits and several smaller charities chosen by Paul Mitchell Schools in their local communities.

A starlit backdrop set the stage for the 12th annual FUNraising Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Co-hosts Pauley Perrette of NCIS and Winn Claybaugh, dean and cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools, introduced the 11 charities and their representatives, including John Paul DeJoria (Food 4 Africa), Magic Johnson (Magic Johnson Foundation), Fran Drescher (Cancer Schmancer), Marie Osmond (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals), Gary Sinise (Gary Sinise Foundation), Dolph Lundgren (CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), Kathy Buckley (No Limits), and Seth Maxwell and Eden Sassoon (The Thirst Project). 


Paul Mitchell Schools’ Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh says, “Over the past 12 years that we’ve been raising money for a variety of charities, I’ve learned that we must always keep our hearts and intentions in the right place. Whether our businesses are highly profitable or below our projections, we must continue to be a part of Generation G—the G stands for generosity. I firmly believe in the law of attraction, meaning that what we put out there comes back to us, so we will always put good thoughts, words, and actions out to the universe.”

In addition to revealing the grand total raised, the event also acknowledges the top 10 FUNraising schools and other major contributors, such as the Advanced Academy educators who donate their time and talent to the campaign, and the winners of the annual “First 100” contest. For raising at least $3,000 individually, these students and staff members attended the Gala and “meet and greet” photo op plus a day of hands-on education with Paul Mitchell Editorial Director Lucie Doughty and international educator Fumi Eguchi.

In recognition of her longstanding commitment to the FUNraising campaign, the 2015 Andrew Gomez Compassionate Service Award went to Celebrity Apprentice winner Leeza Gibbons. During the first eight years of the FUNraising campaign, Leeza partnered with the schools and received over $1 million for the Leeza Gibbons MemoryFoundation (now known as Leeza’s Care Connection). “Seeing my name on an award next to the name Andrew Gomez gave me chill bumps because I have such respect and reverence for his legacy and the genesis of this event,” Leeza said. “I am proud, humbled, and more committed than ever as I put this award in a place of the highest honor in my life. 

Top Beneficiaries to Date

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals $1,100,000
Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation $1,002,987
Food 4 Africa $780,000
Cancer Schmancer $680,000
No Limits $666,575
Morris Animal Foundation $620,000
Magic Johnson Foundation $530,000
Gary Sinise Foundation $510,000
Larry King Cardiac Foundation $300,000
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library $150,000
2015 Top Ten FUNraising Schools
1. Parisian Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School $61,080
2. Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville $56,837
3. Paul Mitchell The School Las Vegas $42,770
4. Paul Mitchell The School Michigan $39,009
5. The Temple, A Paul Mitchell Partner School $37,500
6. Paul Mitchell The School St. Louis $35,580
7. Paul Mitchell The School San Diego $33,484
8. Paul Mitchell The School North Haven $31,409
9. Paul Mitchell The School Honolulu $31,313
10. Paul Mitchell The School Gastonia $30,692



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