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Great Clips hosts 30th annual cut-a-thon to support Children’s Minnesota’s school re-entry program

Great Clips® salons will hold cut-a-thon Aug. 26-Sept. 1 to fundraise for kids returning to school after serious illness

MINNEAPOLIS (August 24, 2023) – Children’s Minnesota and Great Clips® are thrilled to announce the launch of the 30th annual Great Clips cut-a-thon that takes place from Saturday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Sept. 1. During this time, participating Great Clips salons throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin will donate a portion of the proceeds from each haircut to support the pediatric health care system’s school re-entry program. Over the last three decades, Great Clips has raised more than $1.7 million exclusively for this program that helps address the medical and emotional needs of Children’s Minnesota patients returning to school after battling cancer or other serious illnesses.

“As the kid experts, Children’s Minnesota will always put our patients first in all phases of their care journey, especially their transition back to the classroom. Our school re-entry program strives to make their return to campus as smooth as possible by working side-by-side with our patients, their families and school to help ensure the child has the support they need and their classmates understand the challenges they are going through,” said Jennifer Soderholm, chief development officer and president of the Children’s Minnesota Foundation. “This year’s inspiring milestone anniversary of the Great Clips cut-a-thon is a testament to both of our organizations’ commitment to serving our region’s children.”

The cut-a-thon began when local Great Clips franchisee and real estate agent Regina Finkelstein was helping a family with a child battling cancer find a home. Touched by the family’s story, Regina and other Great Clips franchisees worked together to start the cut-a-thon to raise funds for Children’s Minnesota. After the first year, the school re-entry program was founded.

“Reflecting over the last 30-plus years of the Great Clips cut-a-thon, it has always been my hope that this event has been able to ease the challenges so many kids and their families have faced during their return to school. I’m grateful for the countless customers, stylists, franchisees and others who have supported this event for so long,” said Finkelstein. “Great Clips is proud to be a long-standing supporter of the school re-entry program at Children’s Minnesota.”

About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota is one system serving kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, nine primary care clinics, multiple specialty clinics and seven rehabilitation sites. As The Kids Experts® in our region, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.

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About Great Clips, Inc.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has over 4,400 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised, and salons are owned locally by more than 700 franchisees across the U.S. and Canada. Great Clips franchisees employ more than 25,000 stylists. Great Clips® franchised salons provide value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. Getting a great haircut at a Great Clips® salon is more convenient than ever with Online Check-In, ReadyNext® text alerts and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit or download the free app. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit