Making magic happen by raising money

and awareness for worthwhile organizations

John Paul DeJoria, Fran Drescher, Magic Johnson, Marie Osmond, Gary Sinise, Kathy Buckley, Dolph Lundgren, Leeza Gibbons, Jeff Tracta & Pauley Perrette to Attend Beverly Hills Event

Paul Mitchell Schools kicked off their 12th annual FUNraising campaign on February 1, 2015. Students and staff members from over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools have 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.

The annual FUNraising Gala, the highlight of the annual campaign, takes place on May 3, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. This year’s gala will be co-hosted by Winn Claybaugh and Pauley Perrette,with additional support from John Paul DeJoria, Fran Drescher, Magic Johnson, Marie Osmond, Gary Sinise, Dolph Lundgren, Kathy Buckley, Leeza Gibbons, and representatives of the other supported charities. The event celebrates all of the participating schools while raising additional money. Entertainment provided by impressionist Jeff Tracta.

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“We are absolutely thrilled to partner again this year with the charities represented by Marie Osmond, Dolph Lundgren, Gary Sinise, Magic Johnson, Fran Drescher, Kathy Buckley, and other wonderful partners,” said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. “We’re also delighted to welcome the incredible Seth Maxwell and Eden Sassoon to our ‘FUNraising’ family. Each of these incredible individuals has played an active role in motivating and encouraging our 13,000 future professionals as they raised money through thousands of grassroots events, from cut-a-thons and car washes to fashion shows and charity balls.”

Last year, the schools raised $2.1 million, bringing their 11-year total to over $13.4 million. This year, they’ve set their sights on the $2.5 million mark, to benefit 11 organizations:

  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Foundation
  • Magic Johnson Foundation
  • Gary Sinise Foundation
  • No Limits
  • Food 4 Africa
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Thirst Project
  • CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking)
  • Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation


Paul Mitchell Schools proudly report that the cost incurred in raising the $13.4 million has been less than 4%, 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.”

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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 $13.4 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 to learn more.


About the 2015 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. 

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.

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.