Recently, Andrea Goldklang held a fundraising event that benefitted CURE at her salon Belle de Jour. Andrea’s son, Nolan, was diagnosed with leukemia and is now over 22 months post treatment. You can read Nolan’s story by clicking here.
Below, Andrea shares with us about the fundraiser she held last month. We want to thank Andrea and all of the wonderful women who participated for their support of CURE. Without events like these, we would be unable to fund critical research and support patients and their families. Again, we thank each and every one of you.
When Nolan was going through his treatment 2 years ago for AML I went ahead and opened Belle de Jour Salon, it had been in the works since before Nolan presented and I know it didn’t make a lot of sense to move forward with my business but it made me happy and was a nice distraction. If Nolan was well enough I was able to go to work one day a week during his treatment, my clients were incredible, loyal and patient with me.
Saturday, September 28th was our turn to give back. We closed down our salon to regular appointments and had a Blow Out Event. Women came and got their hair styled and make-up done all for a great cause. My children, Nolan and Aubrey, along with their friends had a lemonade stand in front of the salon during the event. We gave away fresh lemonade but proudly accepted donations for CURE Childhood Cancer. The children were thrilled with how generous their customers were $5, $10, $20 for a lemonade and we had to keep emptying out the envelope full of cash.
My stylists and several volunteer make up artists and baby-sitters generously gave up their pay and tips for the day to give to CURE Childhood Cancer. Clients were pampered and beautiful and so generous, we had a suggested minimum donation of $35 but many clients wrote checks for well over that, $100, $200, $300, their generosity was overwhelming
At the end of the long day we had brought in $5000!
On top of that I committed personally to donating 10% of all services for September. My wonderful sister who owns Range Boutique and Brina Beads donated 15% of her sales for that Saturday and she was amazed at the number of customers who came out to shop specifically to support CURE Childhood Cancer and to honor our family! With the combined efforts, we were proudly able to raise a total of $10,000.
It was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year!