The stars came out in full force for the 13th annual Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraiser at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, May 15. Winn Claybaugh, Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Co-founder, stressed that virtually all of the money raised throughout the year by Paul Mitchell Schools goes to charity and that all of the celebrities generously donate their time and talent. Television personality Leeza Gibbons performed co-hosting duties with Claybaugh at the star-studded event, which raised money for nine major charities, including No Limits, which helps deaf and hearing impaired children; the Magic Johnson Foundation, which supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS awareness; Food 4 Africa, which is committed to supplying at least one vitamin- and mineral-enriched meal each day to the children of South Africa; the Thirst Project, the world’s leading youth water activism organization; and the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, which was founded to honor Paul Mitchell School graduate Andrew Gomez, whose struggle with mental illness ended in suicide. Marie Osmond, who founded Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with brother Donny, thanked attendees for their support, which has enabled her organization to help millions of children at children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. “I have a daughter so this one is near and dear to me,” said Claybaugh.” Fran Drescher—the former star of The Nanny is also a cancer survivor—created Cancer Schmancer nine years ago to “transform patients into medical consumers.” The cornerstone is early detection. “Catch cancer on early arrival and there’s a 95 percent survival rate,” she said. “You’re useless to your family if you’re six feet under.” Drescher also encourages each of us to evaluate “what we put in our mouths, on our skin or in our gardens because almost all cancers are caused by our environments.” Actor Gary Sinise, who played Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 blockbuster Forrest Gump, was unable to attend but sent U.S. Army Master Sergeant Cedric King in his place. The decorated veteran and double amputee is an ambassador to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which supports veterans and first responders. “They gave me a second chance,” says King, a motivational speaker who has visited Paul Mitchell Schools around the country to share his positive message about rebuilding your life. Appearing on behalf of Dolph Lundgren for CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), actor Michael Jai White (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) gave a heartfelt speech about the nonprofit’s work with NGOs and government agencies to build a movement to end modern-day slavery. Finally, Gibbons and Claybaugh presented the Andrew Gomez Compassionate Service Award to Marie Osmond for her humanitarian work and longtime support of the FUNraising campaign.
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