12th Annual Gala Includes Magic Johnson, Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Dolph Lundgren, Gary Sinise, Pauley Perrette, Leeza Gibbons & Kathy Buckley

Sacramento, CA- The results are in! After three months of cut-a-thons, 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 – and Paul Mitchell The School Sacramento at MTI College raised $10,000.00.

School Director Jamie Gums heard the results firsthand at the 12th annual FUNraising Gala at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. They joined representatives from the 11 national charities supported in this year’s campaign, 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).

“Being a part of PMTS FUNraising each year helps the Future Professionals connect to the community and the issues that affect the world, it is an amazing feeling to be part of such a generous organization!” – Jamie Gums, Director of Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento at MTI College

Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento at MTI College Funraising Events

Commenting on why the Paul Mitchell Schools commit to the annual campaign, Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh said, “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 this year’s grand total and the top 10 FUNraising schools, the event also acknowledged the winners of the “First 100” contest. For raising at least $3,000 individually, these students and staff members attended the Gala and a “meet and greet” photo op plus a day of hands-on education with Paul Mitchell Editorial Director Lucie Doughty and international educator Fumi Eguchi.

2015 Gala Highlights

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 Memory Foundation (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.”

Paul Mitchell Cofounder and Chairman John Paul DeJoria acknowledged the schools’ longtime support for Food 4 Africa, an organization close to his heart. He also introduced Earvin “Magic” Johnson to talk about the work done by his Magic Johnson Foundation. “Thank you for being there for all of us, caring about this world, wanting to make a change in this world,” Magic said. “Thank you, thank you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.” To date, the schools have donated $780,000 to Food 4 Africa and $530,000 to the Magic Johnson Foundation.

Referring to his new movie, The Skin Trade, actor Dolph Lundgren said, “I have two daughters, 13 and 18, and I had to get into the space of how would I feel if those were my daughters. . . . I started thinking, How can I help out? . . . I want to thank you guys for helping CAST. You make a huge difference!” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $100,000 to CAST.

In their after-school programs for deaf and hearing-impaired kids, No Limits helps children develop language through tools such as their theme-inspired cowboy and jungle classrooms. “Now we have the most important room ever,” said comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley. “The Paul Mitchell room! Our kids are going to learn a whole new language about nails and hair and shampoo.” To everyone’s delight, Kathy welcomed three adorable guest speakers. “These kids just started this year and they had no language,” Kathy said. “Ashley, do you have something you want to say?” Ashley replied, “Do you want to have a haircut?” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $666,575 to No Limits.

Thirst Project founder Seth Maxwell and Eden Sassoon, daughter of Vidal Sassoon, spoke about the global water crisis and how the FUNraising campaign can help. “This is the most incredibly generous, loving, warm community and family of people in the world,” Maxwell said. “You have a chance to make a radical difference in someone’s life and you’ve done that.” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $125,000 to the Thirst Project.

Fran Drescher described a new program made possible by Paul Mitchell Schools’ support. “With your help, you’ve given us wings to pursue our Detox Your Home program, which is so important, and especially for young people…. It’s fun, it’s informative, and it helps kids start thinking about what foods they’re eating.” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $680,000 to Cancer Schmancer.

Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento at MTI College

Speaking on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, cofounder Marie Osmond said, “Every minute, 62 children enter a children’s hospital …. These miracles happen because of your passion and dedication to help and save these beautiful babies’ lives. We are honored that you support us and I am honored to be in this room full of magnificent hearts.” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $1.1 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Habitat for Humanity partner homeowner Yvette Nelson described her journey and shared her story. A recovering addict with 19 years of sobriety, and a mother of three who lost one son to homicide, she now works for a Skid Row organization that helps people with mental illness and AIDS. “I’m really grateful that I’m going to live the American Dream,” she said. “Life is okay. It doesn’t matter where you are; it’s how you live it. Habitat for Humanity has been awesome to me. …. It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $370,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

Representing the foundation bearing his name, Gary Sinise appeared with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a wounded hero who lost both of his arms and legs while on active duty. “Freedom is a precious, precious thing and there are sacrifices being made every day for that freedom we all enjoy,” Sinise said. “We could never do enough for the men and women who defend and serve our country; we can always do more, and that’s what you’re doing here at the Paul Mitchell Schools.” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $510,000 to Gary Sinise Foundation.

Actress Betty White has attended several Paul Mitchell Schools’ FUNraising Galas on behalf of Morris Animal Foundation but was unable to attend this year. She sent a video message, saying: “I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight, but I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart … for supporting Morris Animal Foundation and all of the worthy causes that benefit from your generosity.” To date, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $620,000 to Morris Animal Foundation.

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



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At Paul Mitchell Schools, we believe that education is an adventure and the learning experience needs to be fun and well rounded. Our courses focus on important technical skills and business knowledge with an emphasis on social and community responsibility. Our learning leaders are trained to draw out the artist in our students and prepare them to enter their chosen careers as community-conscious salon and spa professionals. Through our annual “FUNraising” campaign, we’ve raised and donated over $15.2 million in support of many charitable causes. We’ve built homes with Habitat for Humanity, fed thousands of African orphans, and supported the victims of AIDS, breast cancer, homelessness, abuse, and hundreds of other causes.

Established 35 years ago, the Paul Mitchell network is nearly 100,000 salons strong and in 81 countries worldwide; every professional hairdresser knows the Paul Mitchell name. Now, with the arrival of Paul Mitchell Schools, we’ve taken the world of cosmetology education by storm!

Visit https://www.mticollege.edu/cosmetology-school-sacramento/ or 916.339.1888 to learn more.



Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation was founded to honor a successful Paul Mitchell School graduate whose struggle against mental illness ended tragically in suicide. The foundation helps cosmetology students, graduates, their families, and cosmetology-related enterprises. Funds have provided educational opportunities, hurricane relief, and support in the fights against breast cancer, domestic violence, and other destroyers of self-esteem.

Cancer Schmancer Movement, founded by Fran Drescher, is an education and advocacy organization dedicated to saving lives through prevention and early detection of cancer. By empowering ourselves and the people we love to become medical consumers, listen to our bodies, ask the right questions of our doctors, and seek second opinions, we can prevent cancer and, if we still end up with it, detect cancer in its earliest stages.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) aims to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.

Food 4 Africa is committed to supplying at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of Southern Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left more than 6 million orphaned children. In South Africa alone more than a million preschool children do not receive sufficient food.

Gary Sinise Foundation serves and honors our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs that entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. One such program is RISE (Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment), whose flagship initiative is a custom Smart Home building project for severely wounded veterans. Each home is customized to ease daily challenges and help restore independence with features like retractable cook tops, cabinets and shelving, elevators, and more, all accessible via an iPad.

More than 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing. Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit organization whose vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home reconstruction, rehabilitation, and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services.

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary medicine for companion animals, horses, and wildlife. It is a global leader in animal health science, and its funding helps more species in more places than that of any other organization in the world.

Magic Johnson Foundation supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS awareness, college access, and digital literacy.

No Limits offers a one-of-a-kind national theatre group and an after-school educational program that enhance confidence and communication skills for low-income deaf children while providing underserved deaf children with the leadership and academic skills to be college ready.

The Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization. In just six years, The Thirst Project has mobilized more than 300,000 students and young people who have raised over $8 million, 100% of which has been used to build freshwater wells in 12 countries, giving more than 260,000 people safe, clean water.

Since its founding in 1965, MTI College has been a community-based institution with a strong focus on the community in which it exists. As a result, the community service in which MTI College students, faculty and staff participate has also been a major focus of the College as a whole. For Rochelle Barnes, Desktop Applications and Keyboarding Instructor, that community service is paramount.

“I could see the need. [Some students] have no coat and they’re going to school to better themselves,” she said when I spoke with her during her twice-annual Share Ware event on November 29th. MTI Students swarmed room 111 sorting through racks and stacks of clothing that had been donated by MTI students, faculty and staff. Suits and dresses hung on a clothing rack in the middle of the room surrounded by tables piled with neatly folded clothing lining all four walls.

“I will look sharp in this suit,” one student exclaimed after trying on a grey, three-button, single-breasted suit. Barnes congratulated him on his find and saw him off. It was remarkable how she seemed to know every single student. When asked how that came to be, she explained that since she teaches Keyboarding and Desktop Applications, she has nearly every MTI student in her classroom at least once. Another student who Barnes knew well came over very excited about finding some Nursing scrubs with a fun and bright pattern on them. Since the medical students can wear any color scrubs on Fridays, the selection of scrubs usually goes fast, Barnes explained.

The Share Ware event happens twice annually, giving MTI students the opportunity to acquire the clothing they need for job interviews at no cost. Barnes explained that a portion of the students at MTI are single parents, maybe unemployed or trying to get their feet under them and simply don’t have the resources to go out and purchase new business clothes. Fortunately, there is a large faculty and staff population at MTI who has had the time and opportunity to build a wardrobe that occasionally needs some thinning. “They’re on board and willing to help,” says Barnes. This year, the third year that Share Ware has happened, there was even a large selection of children’s clothing which seemed to be a big draw.

During our conversation, a Nursing student came up to Barnes and asked if she could donate to the Adopt-A-Family program right then. Barnes asked her to find her in her office during her usual office hours and bring a check written to her or cash to donate. She then explained that, like Share Ware, Adopt-A-Family is also in its third year. The program goes through the Volunteer Center of Sacramento who qualifies candidate families through various household and income requirements. From there, MTI is given a family who has a list of items (things like refrigerators, vacuums, household items, etc…) that they need which the students, faculty and staff of MTI work to provide by Christmas. Donations of cash, checks or the items themselves are welcomed in this process and, just like with Share Ware, a donation to this program will fulfill the community service requirement for an MTI student. “We try to bring [the community service] to the students so it doesn’t interfere with work time,” said Barnes. At the conclusion of the Adopt-A-Family fundraiser, MTI hopes to provide the items on the list plus a $50-$100 gift card for groceries to the family.

Share Ware and Adopt-A-Family are just two of the amazing Community Service programs that MTI offers. The College participated in Lee National Denim Day (denimday.com) on Monday, October 1st. For a $5 donation, any student, faculty or staff member could wear jeans for the day. That $5 went half to local Breast Cancer organizations and half to national research to fight, treat and prevent Breast Cancer. This year, MTI raised over $500.

MTI also works hand-in-hand with Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom throughout the year. Not only does MTI ask for donations to give Easter Baskets to the Food Bank in the Spring, but Barnes personally designed the program for a recent event that the Food Bank hosted, saving them over $700.

On the cosmetology side, MTI’s Paul Mitchell the School participates in the Paul Mitchell Corporate “FUNraising” on an annual basis. Paul Mitchell’s “FUNraising” season is a network-wide fundraising marathon with hundreds of schools participating. Paul Mitchell the School – MTI College hosts events like fashions shows, car washes and bake sales raising thousands of dollars annually to benefit non-profit organizations like the Morris Animal Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Cancer Schmancer and more.

In short, MTI’s efforts to be a force for good in the community have never ceased. Now, with faculty members like Carla Kearney (who organizes the MTI Blood Drive coming up on the 20th) and Rochelle Barnes spearheading many of the service opportunities, MTI College is only becoming a bigger force for service in the Sacramento area.

First, some facts about blood:

  • The shelf life for whole blood is forty-two days.
  • It takes fifty-six days for a person to regenerate enough red blood cells to be eligible to donate again.
  • One-in-Seven people hospitalized require blood transfusions.
  • To supply the forty or more hospitals that with whom Blood Source works, they need 700 pints of blood per day.
  • Only 38% of the population is eligible and able to donate blood.
  • Only 10% of the population actually does donate blood.

“I’m scared of needles… but I’m gonna try” said one MTI student as she tentatively approached Ashley Rebholtz, Account Manager for Blood Source, to sign up to donate blood the morning of December 20, 2012 during MTI’s annual Winter Blood Drive. Though the fun and exciting incentives for donating (such as a free pint of ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s – more incentives listed at http://www.bloodsource.org/AboutUs/CommunitySponsors.aspx) didn’t seem to calm her much, Rebholtz had a few tips that can get anyone through “the poke.”

Rebholtz has a passion for blood donations and with good reason. In the early 2000’s her cousin was nearly fatally wounded and would not have survived without the transfusions that he received. In his three months of hospital care, surgeries, treatment and recovery, he required 23 pints of blood (mind you, the human body holds around 5-6 pints on average). After seeing her cousin through his treatment and recovery, her passion for blood donation sparked her desire to make it her career.

Blood Source, a non-profit organization based out of Mather, California, utilizes its 18 donation centers and multiple Blood-Mobiles to collect whole blood and blood components (red blood cells, platelets, or plasma) to be tested, transferred and transfused in the forty or more hospitals across Northern California that Blood Source supplies. “We have to make it convenient and available,” says Rebholtz, and they certainly do. With, on average, ten or more Blood-Mobiles traveling around and the convenient hours of their Blood Source Centers, donating blood is as easy as it could be.

Blood Source doesn’t only supply Northern California, however. In times of great need, they step up and go the extra mile for people who need the extra help. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast earlier this year, Blood Source collected and transported over 300 platelets to the relief effort (platelets are the component of blood that initiates clotting – and their shelf life is only five days).

MTI College usually donates in the ballpark of 30-40 pints during our blood drives and kept up with the trend this year with 42 new registrations, 16 first-time donors and in total donating 36 lifesaving pints of blood. Julie Norman, Dean of the Day Schools, said that there was “something nudging [her] today” to come by and donate and it seemed like a large number of students felt the same way. Though there were a handful of donors signed up in advance, in the span of a half an hour at least ten walk-up donors joined them and braved the chilly, windy day to line up and donate. It only takes a few minutes to make the donation, and a little while more to have a snack afterwards and get ready to head back to work or school (the component donations take a little longer, usually 2-3 hours), but the benefit to those who need the blood is substantial. Just ask Ashley Rebholtz’s cousin and the countless others whose lives are saved every day by blood donated through Blood Source.

So if you’re eligible to donate blood (full listing of restrictions and requirements here: http://www.bloodsource.org/Donate/WhoCanDonate.aspx), find a local Blood Source Center or a mobile collection center (http://www.bloodsource.org/Locations.aspx) and donate today. The holidays always see a lull in donations, says Rebholtz, so donations are needed now more than ever.

And when you do donate, remember these few tips from Rebholtz: drink lots of water before and after your donation, make sure you’ve had enough to eat, and if you’re squeamish about needles (as many of us are, including Rebholtz), just don’t look down!

“‘What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills with no money…?’ said Scrooge indignantly” at the beginning of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. And indeed, the holidays can squeeze the wallet more than most would like and more than some would like to admit. It’s not easy filling the stockings and the base of the tree, especially as one grows older. More and more recipients appear in one’s life and, therefore, the need for more and more gift purchases. Unfortunately, we all fall on hard times once in a while – sometimes for quite a while. Circumstances get the best of us and we find Christmas day less than a week out and at the base of the tree we find nothing but a rug.

John Zimmerman, President of MTI College, understands this plight, and understands that it’s not always easy to ask for help when one needs it. Even when help is made available, it can be difficult – and for some even embarrassing – to ask. That is why Zimmerman created the Ask Santa Program at MTI College this year.

As the holiday buying season picked up, MTI College provided request forms to the student body. If a student could show that they were in genuine need of a certain item and simply couldn’t afford it or couldn’t spare enough to purchase it themselves, MTI played Santa and bought that gift for that student. Many of the requests were for simple items: gift cards to places like Target or Toys R Us, gas cards or, in one instance, something as simple as a $22 toy puppy for a child. However, some of the gifts were more specific like a human hair wig for a family member who had lost their hair from medical conditions. Of the 35-or-so requests that were turned in, nearly every single one of them was approved and the gifts given to the students in need.

Erin Atnip, a Future Professional on the “Be Nice or Else” team at Paul Mitchell the School – MTI College, expressed that it was “really generous of John [Zimmerman] to do that for everybody.” The Be Nice or Else Team (BNoE) participated in the Ask Santa Program by making the cards that would go with each gift for the students benefiting from the program. They designed and made 48 cards in all as well as a stack of Christmas cards for Dalton Dingus, a 9-year-old boy in Kentucky suffering from Stage Four Cystic Fibrosis who hopes to hold the Guinness Book of World Records title for receiving the most Christmas cards ever (as long as Guinness re-opens the category, his mother estimates that he will beat the 1992 record by a margin of some 300,000).

Atnip went on to say that, in addition to making the cards for Ask Santa and for Dingus, the BNoE team and many other MTI students went out in search of students in need. Michael Zimmerman, Director of Operations at MTI College, confirmed that the majority of requests turned in were not turned in by the Ask Santa recipients themselves, but by friends and fellow students making requests on their behalf. Atnip explained that there are a lot of students who are single moms, pregnant or otherwise struggling financially and simply needed some money for diapers or other basic needs, but couldn’t divert the money from utilities and rent to buy them. So she, the Be Nice or Else team and many other students from across the MTI campus stepped up and made the requests so that those in need could receive the help they needed. “Good inspires good,” she says, “that’s why the whole Forward Focused thing works.”

As the closing lines of Dickens’ famous ghost story go, “it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. Let that truly be said of us, and all of us!” And let it, indeed, be said that John Zimmerman and MTI College not only see and understand the challenges their students may face, but seek to help in increasingly out-of-the box and genuine ways. So as 2013 begins let us all recommit ourselves to live up to the example set by Ask Santa through the philosophy that Atnip stated so well: “good inspires good.”

Medical Assistant Students Work with TLC for a Rare Training Experience

From May 17-19, MTI Medical Assistant students seized the opportunity to serve alongside paramedics and EMTs at the annual FMF Hangtown Motocross Classic, one of the toughest motocross races in the world.

The FMF Hangtown Motocross Classic marked the opening round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which attracts competitors and sponsors from all over the globe. This race in particular has been running longer than the Championship Series itself, and victory here remains one of the most coveted wins of the 12-race cup. The competition has two main classes of events for both women and men, the premier 450 Class and the 250 Class for the pack of rising motocross stars.

Together with the TLC medical staff, MTI students treated everyone in the stadium who needed assistance, including racers, staffers, and spectators for injuries ranging from collision trauma to sunburns. With over 32,000 people in attendance, this was quite the responsibility to say the least. TLC has also offered MTI Medical Assistant students the chance to volunteer for other special events (which include motocross races, football games, cheerleading events, festivals, rodeos, roller derby, MMA fights, drag races, and off-road races) or even tag along during ambulance rides.

Students also lent a hand with logistics, helping at the ticket counter and with the food service.

TLC Ambulance and Medical Transport has been a major presence in Northern California since 1999, and they frequently provide Emergency Medical Services for community events.

Volunteers manned the First Aid Stations for the two days of practice runs as well as the action-packed main event on Saturday when all actual competitions were held. After being patched up by the TLC team and our student volunteers, the motocross racers were all set to go on to the next round held a week later in Wortham, Texas.

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