Whatever It Takes

Above: Michelle Palazzo (second from right), manager of patient services and operations for the Bennett Cancer Center, receives a donation from Noble Salon’s Gary Noble, Robert Conte, Gina Cowher and Maureen Clark Newlove. Photograph: Bob Capazzo

When the owners of Noble Salon fleshed out their business plan before opening their beauty operation about ten years ago, they agreed on an initiative to designate 15 percent of their annual budget to philanthropic works and donations. “We launched this business intending to give back to the community [that] we serve and supports us,” says Maureen Clark Newlove, one of the owners. To date, the salon has donated more than $200,000—in funds, time, products and services—to organizations such as the Bennett Cancer Center, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Breast Cancer Alliance, Curtain Call and the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, among others.

No small deed, indeed. So, to celebrate this feat, along with the business’ special birthday, the staffers of Noble Salon are gearing up to kick off a yearlong campaign to develop beauty events at the salon—think Look Good-Feel Good, Moms’ Night Out, Hair Care for Cancer Patients, you name it—that will raise additional funds for selected agencies. “This is our way to be part of the community of giving,” says Newlove. “It’s how we always wanted it to be, from the beginning.”


THINKING ABOUT OTHERS

Holiday Helpers
As the holidays approach, it is important to remember there are others who could use our help. So we reached out to some of our nonprofit friends to find out what assistance they would welcome during this season of giving.

Here is what they said:

HOUSEHOLD GOODS
“Please call our thrift store, Treasure Hunters, to pick up your gently used furniture and household donations. These items are used to furnish the apartments of our residential clients or sell in the store to raise money for our programs and services.”
—Barbara Rossi, director of development, Laurel House

TOYS
“Sponsor a child, donate a toy or volunteer for Inspirica’s Holiday Gift Collection. It is one of the largest regional programs to gather, organize and deliver approximately 6,000 wrapped gifts to 2,500+ children in Fairfield County affected by homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and/or poverty.”
—Jason T. Shaplen, CEO, Inspirica

FOOD, GAMES, BOOKS
“We made a commitment to help, so here are our needs: fuel assistance (typically $250–$300 to keep families warm), food (1,003 people received for 21,063 meals last December), toys, books and board games (2,100 children received toys through our toy store).”
—Rebecca Wilson, board member, Person to Person

GIFT CARDS, TOILETRIES
“We welcome gift cards to Ring’s End to purchase supplies for painting and construction training so day workers can expand their techniques for indoor projects. Personal care packages— toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, razor and shampoo—and nonperishable food items would be appreciated by day workers and their children who frequent our center.”
—Christa Chu, development manager, Neighbors Link Stamford

FUNDS FOR MUSIC PROGRAM
“Come see a performance! If you share our passion and want to help level the playing field for these students of music, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution at projectmusic.org.”
—Joyce DiCamillo, board chair, Project Music

FUNDS FOR CLASS SUPPLIES, MEALS, SCHOLARSHIPS
“For the children, all three- to five-years-old, we need funds to underwrite classroom supplies, healthy meals and snacks, field trips and scholarships.”
—Marc E. Jaffe, CEO, Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County