HWGB rsz-2Betty White, Fran Drescher, Donny and Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Gary Sinise, Sara Rue, Danny Trejo, Ricky Schroder, and Kathy Buckley Join Paul Mitchell Schools’ 2014 “FUNraising” Campaign

Paul Mitchell Schools kicked off their 11th annual FUNraising campaign on January 28, 2014. Students and staff members from over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools schools will spend the months of February through April raising money for charitable organizations. Their goal: $2.5 million. Their partners: A star-studded celebrity lineup representing 11 spectacular charities.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Betty White, Donny and Marie Osmond, Gary Sinise, Magic Johnson, Fran Drescher, and Kathy Buckley are back again this year,” said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “We’re also delighted to welcome the incredible Sara Rue, Danny Trejo, and Ricky Schroder to our ‘FUNraising’ family. Each of these incredible individuals will play an active role in motivating and encouraging our 13,000 future professionals as they raise money through thousands of grassroots events, from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls. Our partners are members of an elite group of wonderful celebrities who’ve supported us in the past, including Dolly Parton, Larry King, Vidal Sassoon, and Leeza Gibbons.”

In 2013, the schools raised a record-breaking $2.6 million, bringing their 10-year total to over $11.2 million. This year, they’ve set their sights on the $2.5 million mark again, to benefit 11 organizations:

  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, represented by Donny and Marie Osmond
  • Morris Animal Foundation, represented by Betty White
  • Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation
  • Magic Johnson Foundation, represented by Earvin “Magic” Johnson
  • Gary Sinise Foundation, represented by Gary Sinise
  • No Limits, represented by comedian/motivational speaker Kathy Buckley
  • Food 4 Africa, represented by John Paul DeJoria
  • Wells of Hope, represented by Andrea and Ricky Schroder
  • ELSA (Experience Learning Support with Animals), represented by Danny Trejo
  • CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), represented by Sara Rue
  • Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, the schools’ own nonprofit organization

Paul Mitchell Schools proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $11.2 million has been less than 2.39%, an amazingly low amount compared to the national average of 25%. “At our Paul Mitchell Schools, we are proud of our commitment to raising money and awareness for a variety of causes and organizations,” Winn Claybaugh says. “We do not spend $300,000 to raise $1 million.”


About Paul Mitchell Schools

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 $11.2 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 over 30 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 www.paulmitchell.edu to learn more.


About the Supported Charities

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. 

ELSA (Experience Learning Support with Animals) builds confidence, sensory awareness, and social skills in special-needs children, teens, adults, and families through the benefits of the human-animal interaction in the ranch setting.

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 helps build custom-designed “smart homes” for our nation’s most severely wounded heroes while supporting active duty service members, veterans, first responders, and the children and families of our fallen.

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.

Wells of Hope is committed to responding to the cry of the poor and helping them attain the basic necessities of clean water, education, and basic health care.


About Our Charity Partners

Returning to the campaign for their fifth year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals founders Donny and Marie Osmond said, We can’t wait to share the magic of creating miracles as you provide needed funds for medical care, research, and education to benefit children in CMN hospitals across the nation!”

Emmy-award winning TV star and animal activist Betty White has served on the Morris Animal Foundation board of trustees since 1971. Since its inception in 1948, the foundation has funded more than 1,600 humane animal health studies. Today, its funding supports more than 200 animal health and welfare research studies each year at the world’s most respected research institutions, colleges of veterinary medicine, and zoos. Betty is a trustee and the organization’s president emeritus, and she has sponsored nearly 30 health studies for the foundation. “I appreciate the recognition that Morris Animal Foundation has received from Paul Mitchell Schools,” she said. “The animals whose lives you’re saving also thank you.”

Fran Drescher, TV’s “The Nanny” and star of Happily Divorced, returns for her fourth year of FUNraising on behalf of Cancer Schmancer Movement, which she founded to help ensure that women’s cancers be diagnosed while in stage 1, when they are most curable. “Paul Mitchell Schools are a shining beacon of what a responsible 21st-century company should exemplify,” she said. “Their commitment toward philanthropy and the greater good is unsurpassed.”

Actor Gary Sinise, known as Forrest Gump’s Lieutenant Dan and CSI: NY’s Detective Mac Taylor, returns for the third year with his Gary Sinise Foundation, which helps build custom “smart homes” for severely wounded veterans. Gary said,“I am deeply moved by the Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising campaign. Thank you for helping us honor and serve our nation’s defenders.” 

Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, also returns for the third year. Magic says, “Partnering with the Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising campaign shows what can happen when people truly work together and believe.”

Deaf comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley has long been a friend to Paul Mitchell Schools, appearing at their annual Las Vegas Caper educational retreat for the past few years and speaking at numerous schools throughout the country. Representing the No Limits afterschool theater program for deaf children,Kathy says, “Many deaf children feel alone and isolated. Your life-changing contributions give our kids and their parents the priceless gift of hope.”

Sara Rue is a critically acclaimed actress best known for the roles she played as Claudia Casey on the sitcom Less Than Perfect and Carmen Ferrara on the comedy-drama Popular. She has also guest-starred in The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and Will and Grace, to name a few. Sara has been a longtime volunteer with CAST. “Paul Mitchell Schools’ FUNraising is truly changing the world,” Sara says. “Thank you for bringing hope to survivors of human trafficking with your gifts and talents.”

Known for playing villains and criminals in films such as the Dusk Till Dawn and Spy Kids movies, Danny Trejo has an easily recognizable face. Representing ELSA, Danny is a newcomer and welcome addition to the FUNraising family. “I like the way ELSA pairs children and teens who have different needs with horses,” Danny says. “Thank you, Paul Mitchell Schools. With your support we can continue to help kids grow. Let’s do our best!”

Actor and producer Ricky Schroder is best known for his roles on Silver Spoons, NYPD Blue, and The Lost Battalion. His wife Andrea Schroder appears on the Hallmark channel’s Home and Family show. She also has a successful international candle company and executive produces with Ricky. Representing Wells of Hope, Ricky and Andrea encourage everyone, “Let’s open our hearts, wallets, purses, and Granny's pillowcase to help those who have the least among us."

The FUNraising Gala dinner, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 4, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. This year’s gala will be co-hosted by Winn Claybaugh, John Paul Mitchell Systems Chairman and CEO John Paul DeJoria, andPaul Mitchell Co-owner Angus Mitchell, with additional support from Betty White, Fran Drescher, Danny Trejo, Sara Rue, Ricky Schroder, and representatives of the other supported charities. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money.