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Friday, December 27, 2013


Salon takes a cut out of cancer The North Haven Citizen

nine stylists volunteered event, and that local busiWashington Avenue. Sutherland explained that their services and “gave up nesses, including Arnold’s Team Catherine was spe- their Sunday” to support the Jeweler’s, supported a raffle. cially chosen to benefit this year to assist the family of a senior in high school who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Sutherland said that

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F l a i r f o r H a i r, 3 1 0 Washington Ave., has been participating in fundraisers for cancer research for 15 years. The events are to honor the memory of Joni Balzano Cunningham, late sister of Flair for Hair owner Joyce-Lyn Altieri’s. Cancer claimed Cunningham’s life a decade and a half ago. Altieri said that the salon raised over $1,500 and that with the help of donations from the community, $3,759 was raised to benefit the Looking Forward Program and Team Catherine. The Cuts for a Cure fundraiser was staffed by volunteers from the salon who worked without pay to give haircuts and administer a raffle. All of the proceeds from the day went to supporting cancer research and treatment, employee Emily Sutherland said. “She does this every year to honor her sister’s memory,” Sutherland said. Altieri explained that she started working to raise awareness of breast cancer after her sister was diagnosed with inflammatory carcinoma, which presents as a rash rather than the lumps many people are more familiar with. Altieri said that the turnout for her fundraiser was better this year, as last year it was held during a major winter snowstorm, and the year before that it was held during a hurricane. Altieri said that she now plans to soon participate in Dancing Under The Stars, a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity. Altieri is taking ballroom dancing lessons to prepare to dance the ChaCha before an audience and judges. When asked if she was nervous, Altieri replied, “I’m terrified.” North Haven’s Flair for Hair on Washington Avenue has been in business for 24 years. When the salon was founded in 1990, Altieri wrote on her website, “her belief was, and still is, that

all people are beautiful.” Sutherland, who works at Flair for Hair said that she thinks Altieri has become “well rooted in the community.” The salon recently moved in September 2011, but has remained on


By Charles Kreutzkamp


North Haven Citizen Dec. 27, 2013