Easter Seals of Central California recently profiled Wendy Rae Johnson and the project she created in the self-expression and leadership program to raise $40,000 for Camp Harmon, an outdoor camp for developmentally disabled children and adults.
Camp Harmon provides outdoor activities in the redwood forest near Santa Cruz, and provides experiences and companionship that the developmentally disabled would never otherwise have. According to Easter Seals, the state of California no longer has the budget to fund Camp Harmon, which has expenses of $1,000 per attendee. This means that new and long time attendees of the camp will either need to come up the tuition or not be able to go this year.
Johnson has created a 'Cut-a-thon' in her hair salon, Oasis Hair & Skin Care in Santa Cruz, to raise $40,000 to allow 40 people to attend the camp this year. The event is taking place on Sunday, April 25.
According to Johnson and Easter Seals, 100% of the proceeds from the event will go directly to Easter Seals and Camp Harmon. All of the salon's offerings, such as hair cuts, stylings and facials will be offered, and in addition raffle tickets are being sold in the community with very generous prizes, such as four days in Hawaii.
There will be a party atmosphere at the salon, with music, tents, balloons, hourly raffle drawings and more.
“You have to find something you can be passionate about first.," said Johnson in describing the process of selecting a project in Landmark Education's SELP program. "The minute I learned about what has happened to Camp Harmon, I knew I wanted to help."
The event is being held from 11am to 5pm on the 25th in the parking lot of Oasis at 1664 Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. To get involved and participate or volunteer, call Janet at Easter Seals at 831-684-2166, x115, or call the Oasis salon at 831-464-8550.