Summit Salon Academy Participates in Fundraising Event

Summit Salon Academy participated in a fundraising event, "Fashion SOULstice," on March 28 to raise money to continue and expand operations at a cosmetology school in Cambodia. The event was organized by the Justice & Soul Foundation and held at Emerald City Trapeze in Seattle. The second-annual event drew a standing-room-only audience of over 550 attendees and raised just over $75,000.

One of the highlights of the evening was a fashion show with models styled by local salons. Fourteen salons joined the team at Summit Salon Academy to create the vision and style of each signature look. The partnering salons and school joining Summit Salon Academy included: James Alan Salon & Spa, Robert Leonard Salon, Rosaline Hampton, William James Salon, MODE Organic Salon, Lisa Power Salon, Hair Lounge and Spa, Collage Salon, Salon Circa, 7 Salon, Brassfields, Charbon, Vasuda, and Vann•Edge.

Four students from Summit Salon Academy styled two models for the event. Jai G., Mandy M., Nicole I., and Ashley S. created the signature hair and makeup looks. The models were Summit Salon Academy students Alicia M. and Arielle C.

"Our vision was to show contrast in the two looks we created. One model was styled with very strong aesthetics, while the second showcased a very soft, feminine look," explained stylist Mandy M.

"We were all thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event. To watch our work strut down the runway was really incredible, and I know we're all thankful for the opportunity to help raise money for such a wonderful organization," explained stylist Ashley S.

The sold-out evening featured a silent auction and runway show, raising a total of just over $75,000 which will be used to continue to teach cosmetology skills to young survivors of sex trafficking in the Foundation's new vocation training program at the Kate Korpi Salon in Cambodia, which opened in November 2014.  Since that time, the Kate Korpi Salon has become Cambodia's premier hair salon, where students learn cosmetology and professional workplace skills from expert trainers and volunteers from around the globe.  

The Kate Korpi Salon was established to provide its students with the fundamentals of cosmetology (hair, skin, nails, and makeup). Students attending the school include survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk for sexual exploitation.  They do not pay tuition, but are instead awarded scholarships. The program also includes a compensation plan for the students so that they can begin experiencing sustainable financial independence while learning this valuable trade.

Justice and Soul Foundation co-founder Matthew Fairfax said the money raised will be used to further develop the Kate Korpi Salon in Cambodia.

"Last year when we held the first-annual Fashion SOULstice fundraiser, we set the bar very high and put a strong focus on raising money to continue to develop the vocational training program and open the doors to the Kate Korpi Salon in Phnom Penh. To have doubled our attendance and increased our fundraising at the 2015 event is incredible, and speaks to the tremendous support we have received for this effort. We are incredibly grateful for the talent and support we've received from Summit Salon Academy. We've already started to look to the 2016 event and hope to draw 1000 attendees," explained Fairfax.

The Justice & Soul Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating the sexual exploitation of young women and children globally as well as the restoration of the survivors. Through the Founders' shared connections to the salon and fashion industry, and, after several years of research, planning and interviews, they are enlisting the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable, systemic solution that addresses sex trafficking.

The Summit Salon Academy opened its doors for students as The Salon Professional Academy in 2006 and rebranded as The Summit Salon Academy last year. The entire team is proud to now be closely aligned with the Summit Salon Business Center, recognized as a leader in providing business-consulting services in all facets of the beauty industry. The Summit Salon Academy is an innovative training center that empowers students to explore creativity while learning the latest techniques in a leading-edge facility.