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Local salon to raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Inspired by a coworker's 4-month-old son, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis earlier this year, employees at Shag Hair Studio have organized a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the studio, 320 S. State St., will offer deeply discounted haircuts, manicures, pedicures and massages, with all the proceeds going to the foundation.

The parking lot of the studio will be filled with vendors, who will donate a portion of their sales to the foundation. There will also be family entertainment and food, including a balloon artists, music by Radio U, Westerville's police robot, cotton candy, hotdogs and popcorn.

There will be a silent auction and raffle featuring donations from Westerville businesses and organizations, including items from Amish Originals, the Old Bag of Nails, the Columbus Running Company, Thai Grill, Deja vu, Punch Fitness, City Barbecue and Kroger, and dinner for four people donated by the Westerville Division of Fire.

Other items up for auction include Columbus Clippers tickets, golf packages, Columbus Blue Jackets Tickets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns memorabilia and football helmets signed by Archie Griffin.

An auctioneer has volunteered his services for the event, and local news anchor Mindy Drayer will emcee.

A local Santa Claus also will make an appearance, wearing Hawaiian beach apparel and toting his chair.

"We're hoping it can be a pretty big deal," said studio owner Cheryl Popyak. "I'm just using all of my contacts. You've got to do what you can do."

The studio features stylists who rent their own space, and many of them have come from upscale salons from around central Ohio, Popyak said.

About 15 stylists will be on hand for the event to provide haircuts and styles.

Hair and nail appointments can be made by calling 614-899-7424. Massages will be offered on a walk-in basis.

The event has been made possible, Popyak said, with the support of the Westerville community.

"We're trying to keep it somewhat Westerville-focused," she said.