Hair Flair for Hope (HFFH) began making wigs for women and children, experiencing hair-loss to medical illness, in October of 2010. The inaugural year proved to be a smashing success, beyond initial expectations, thanks to hundreds of wig-making volunteers, yarn donations, and other extra special gifts that helped establish Hair Flair Hope as a viable community project. Here’s a summary of our first year’s progress:
- Girl Scouts
- Over 150 Volunteers
62 Wigs distributed To:
- The Children’s National Medical Center
- American Cancer Society
- Local wig banks
- Individuals across the U.S.
New Wig Base Design:
Linda Vene, Crocheter extraordinaire, designed a unique wig base that offers a comfy and snug fit for heads of all shapes and sizes.
HFFH Has a Website:
Jonathan Zuck generously donated time to develop our fabulous website: www.hairflairforhope.org.
Photo Shoot with Hair Flair Models
Sandy Ghozland, charitable photographer, captured amazing photos of the HFFH models: Abbi, Annabelle, Katarina, Rosey and Sofia. Now HFFH has photos to show how gorgeous the wigs look on women and children of all ages.
Hair Flair for Hope Documentation Completed
- “About Hair Flair for Hope” brochure created for use as a marketing tool and to bring awareness to the wig-making project
- “About Your Wig” brochure created to provide wear and care instructions
News & Accolades:
- HFFH made it into The Washington Post, The City Paper and The Takoma Voice
- HFFH received a $1400 grant from The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
- Over $300 was generated for HFFH at the Costume Karaoke Benefit at Solly’s Tavern in DC
- The Hope Operas name HFFH as a beneficiary in the 2010 Hope Operas
- The B-52s took interest in Hair Flair for Hope
Fun Facts about the Wig-Making Process:
- Each wig takes approximately 6-10 hours to make
- All are 100% made in the US.
- Wigs consume approximately 5-10 skeins of yarn
Plans for 2011
- HFFH is filing for its non–profit status (501c3)
- HFFH will create dreadlock wigs for African American women experiencing hair loss
- HFFH will make an instructional video for persons unable to attend workshops
Hair Flair for Hope Wishes to Thank:
American Cancer Society (Washington DC office), Children’s National Medical Center, Mamma Lucia Restaurant, Chris Griffin & The Hope Opera’s Cast & Crew, The Asbury Family, Jonathan Zuck, Kimberly Huey, Jessie Newburn, Debbi Arseneaux, Libby Sinback, William Etheredge, Nora Lockshin, Allen Shepherd, Cari Bowman, Montana, Missy Harden, Stella, Linda Vene, Laura Ballard, Sandy Ghozland, Sandra Greenwood, Lola Lombard, Christine Hartless, Larry Hickman, Karen Mitchell, Dr. Steven Berlin, Dr. & Mrs. Lee Etheredge III, Fran Rosenberg, Monica Shimamura, The MacAllum Family, The Hittel Family, The Chafin Family, Leesa Noonan, Theresa Clarke, Jen Matzen, Michelle Strange, Diana Guenther, Beth Clawson, Arin Greenwood, Laurie Blair, Joanna Cornell, Claire Wudowski, Sonya Gross, Ruth Cohen, Yarn Company Donors (Plymouth, Brown Sheep, Crystal Palace/Straw, Blue Sky Alpaca, Lion Brand, Birds Nest Yarns, Royal Yarns, Seven Dimes/Fiesta , Nature’s Yarn, Inc.) and ALL THE KIND SOULS WHO DONATED YARN, TIME and LOVE in making the wigs. Without you, this project would not have been possible. Thank you.