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Great Clips cut-a-thon: A haircut that makes a difference

Cancer patient laughingThe 27th annual Great Clips cut-a-thon will take place from Saturday, August 24, through Friday, August 30. Select Twin Cities Great Clips salons are participating by donating a portion of proceeds from each haircut to support the school re-entry program at Children’s Minnesota. This program helps kids with cancer and other serious illnesses go back to school with confidence. The Great Clips cut-a-thon has raised $1.6M for the school re-entry program to date.

Children’s school re-entry program helps address the medical and emotional needs of a child returning to school after battling serious illnesses. The program helps educate classmates, teachers and parents. Services often include providing resource materials, phone consultations and/or a visit to the school by a child life specialist. Designed for flexibility, the program tailors its services to meet the needs of each child and family.

This year’s cut-a-thon is held in memory of Brett Wieber, who recently passed away at the age of 33 after a long battle with cancer. The annual cut-a-thon started 27 years ago when local Great Clips franchisee and real estate agent, Regina Finkelstein, helped Brett’s parents, Margi and Dean, find a home. Brett was battling cancer, so Regina decided to start the cut-a-thon to raise funds for Children’s Minnesota. After the first year, the school re-entry program was founded.

“When I met Margi and Dean, I was struck by their story and knew I had to do something to help families like theirs,” said Finkelstein. “Brett fought a long and hard battle and was a joy to know, and I and my fellow Great Clips franchisees are honored to hold this year’s cut-a-thon in his memory.”

MiaIn addition, throughout the month of August, Great Clips customers can purchase a cardboard backpack for a donation of a $1 or more, and receive a coupon for $2 off their next Great Clips haircut. Each location will also collect donations.

Locate the salon nearest to you and call ahead to confirm they’re participating in the cut-a-thon.

About Great Clips

Great Clips was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,800 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the largest single-brand salon in North America. Great Clips salons employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality hair care for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends.

For more than 20 years, Great Clips has been a champion for the patients and families of the Children’s Minnesota community. Through its many different initiatives, Great Clips has awarded Children’s with more than $1.6 million to help fund the school re-entry program. Children’s is proud to partner with Great Clips in their efforts to help kids in their communities.


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Alexandra Rothstein