8th Annual Beauty Drive honoring Marianne Dougherty raised more than $200,000

The 8th Annual Beauty Drive honoring industry veteran Marianne Dougherty held May 7th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles raised more than $200,000. The family-friendly event offered more than 400 supporters and sponsors a sampling of the services Beauty Bus patients receive.

During the event Dougherty received her lifetime achievement award from close friend and industry colleague Ann Mincey. “It was such an honor, and I was so happy that Ann presented the award to me. It was the perfect ending to a career I never could have imagined when I became west coast editor of American Salon.”

Ann Mincey on stage

Dougherty spent 27 years as a beauty editor, working as Editor in Chief and Publisher of American Salon, Editor in Chief of Launchpad and Editor in Chief of The Colorist. She has interviewed nearly every major hairdresser from Vidal Sassoon to Oribe and wrote the book Asian Beauty for makeup artist Margaret Kimura. She was featured regularly on television in both New York and Los Angeles as a beauty expert. In addition, Dougherty has been a guest speaker at industry trade shows and events.

Beauty Bus Foundation (BBF) is a non-profit organization that provides dignity, hope and respite to chronically and terminally ill men, women and children—and their caregivers—through beauty and grooming treatments and pampering products. BBF was founded in 2009 in memory of Melissa Marantz Nealy, who lost her battle to a degenerative neuromuscular disease when she was 28. When Melissa was sick and could no longer go to a salon or spa, the beauty treatments her family arranged at home made her feel “human again.” Melissa’s family founded Beauty Bus to bring this same dignity to patients and caregivers when they need it most.

Wendy Marantz Levine, Beauty Bus Foundation Founder, and Anne Mincey

BBF sees clients in their homes as well as at hospitals and social service agency partners, including City of Hope, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Ronald McDonald House. For more information, please visit beautybus.org.