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Westport Teen Organizes ‘Cuts For A Cause’ Fundraiser

Staples High School junior Kelly Gore, center, is teaming up with the staff at K.C. Salon in Westport to host the Cuts For A Cause fundraiser.
Staples High School junior Kelly Gore, center, is teaming up with the staff at K.C. Salon in Westport to host the Cuts For A Cause fundraiser. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. —  You can get your hair cut or styled in Westport this Sunday, and help fight poverty and hunger across the country during the Cuts For A Cause fundraiser at K.C. Salon.

During the event, organized by Staples High School junior Kelly Gore, K.C. Salon will offer $25 cuts and blowouts to the public. Proceeds will benefit Family-to-Family , a nonprofit national hunger and poverty relief organization.

“I'm incredibly passionate about what Family-to-Family does for countless families in need,” said Kelly. “I love that they are extremely hands-on with helping these families by building connections between those living in poverty and those who are more fortunate. Not only do these connections help the families in need, but it also spreads awareness and helps people to appreciate what they have.”

Sunday’s fundraiser will be the second Kelly has organized for Family-to-Family. Last spring, she organized Stride With Pride , a fashion show at the Westport Woman’s Club. The event raised nearly $4,000 for the organization, she said.

Although last year’s fundraiser was a success, Kelly said she wanted to find a new, more engaging way to raise money and awareness for Family-to-Family. As a regular customer at K.C. Salon, she said the idea for Cuts For A Cause came naturally.

“I go to K.C. Salon to get my haircuts and always find the atmosphere to be so fun and uplifting, so I asked them if they would want to collaborate in a fundraiser for Family-to-Family,” she said.

In addition to haircuts and blowouts, the fundraiser will include raffles prizes, student performances and refreshments, donated by Garelick & Herbs. Raffle prizes will include an Apple iPad mini, a family photo shoot with Laurie Wright Photography, Yankees tickets, a Nars Cosmetics gift basket, a Melissa and Doug wooden train set, restaurant gift certificates, jewelry and more.

The fundraiser will run from noon to 4 p.m. at K.C. Salon, 1330 Post Road E. Student performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the raffle will begin at 3:30 p.m. Kelly encourages residents of all ages to come out and support “an incredible cause.”

"Being from Westport, many of my peers and I may have taken the simple pleasures -- like owning a car, getting frozen yogurt whenever convenient, or shopping-- for granted," Kelly said. "Family-to-Family has helped me, and I hope others through the fundraisers, to learn just how lucky I am and how great it is to give back to those in need."

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