Peace House and local salon team up |

Peace House and local salon team up

Submitted by Ann Johnson (Development Manager at the Peace House), The Peace House

Lunatic Fringe beauty professionals collaborated on the makeovers of nine Peace House shelter residents last weekend, in an effort that brought smiles and even tears of joy to residents’ faces, and more than $2,150 to Peace House.

Organizer of the Fresh NEW You event was Lunatic Fringe master stylist Tiffany Muhelstein, who was thrilled with the results of the campaign to bring beauty into the lives of Peace House residents and funding for the organization’s programs.

"I enjoy being a day-maker, and my passion is making people feel beautiful," said Muhlestein, as she put the finishing touches to one resident’s brand new hairstyle.

"This is a blast," said a Peace House resident, whose name is being omitted to protect her anonymity. "I’m learning all kinds of neat tips. You know, if you look great, you feel great. I feel great!"

Muhlestein began planning Fresh NEW You in February. She was able to garner support from Lunatic Fringe owners Shawn Trujillo, Angie Katsanevas, Jared Briggs and Bob Edmonds, who gave her the go ahead to open the salon on an otherwise closed Sunday afternoon.

Riverhorse on Main catered the event, and Tulips and Thyme donated a dozen flower arrangements, which were set at each station and then given to the women as they departed from their afternoon of beauty.

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Each woman received a cut and a color, professional makeup application and a manicure.

"Every woman deserves this," Muhlestein said.

Peace House residents each toted home a gift bag that included products from Kerastase, Jane Iredale and Nu Skin. Presto Print donated promotional materials given to Lunatic Fringe clientele.

Following the makeovers, Peace House executive director Jane Patten was presented by Lunatic Fringe owners with an oversized check in the amount of $2,150. The money was raised through the donations of Lunatic Fringe clientele as they sought to "support a chair" during Fresh NEW You.

"This money will be used for a continuation of care of the families who are living at Peace House, as they strive to move forward to more healthy and happy lives," Patten said.

"This is the best day ever," said another resident. "Best day, probably forever."

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