Smiling girls in pink t-shirts, with styled hair and flawless make-up gathered in the Hillwood Commons Pioneer Room on Tuesday, October 2nd. Three Cactus Salon hairdressers offered hair-extensions for $10, while another welcomed visitors at the door promoting special offers from the salon, which has several locations across Long Island. All of this was done at a pink table outside the Hillwood Cafe. No, it wasn’t a Barbie convention. It was a Think Pink event hosted by Alpha Epsilon Phi supporting the non-for-profit organization Sharsheret in their Breast Cancer Awareness program.
“This is a fun thing to do, for a good cause. I’m really excited,” said Ashley Ioveno, a sophomore graphic design major and sorority member. For the second consecutive year, Alpha Epsilon Phi along with Cactus Salon raised money for Sharsheret, which since 2001 has worked to support all young women and families of Jewish back¬ground facing breast cancer.
With raffles and discounted Cactus Salon gift-cards, students were encouraged to support the cause. In 2011, the turn-out was $978, and this year $600 was raised. “I am definitely happy with the out¬come. No matter the amount, it is money going towards a wonderful cause, and any little bit helps,” said Dolores Yovino, a senior biology major, and sorority member.
Hair-dressers Francelina Fenton and Taylor Goldhammer appreciated the opportunity to help. The salon joined the effort last year, after a request from a sorority member, and was not hesitant to do it again. With special gift cards offering discounted hair-cuts, consultation, and styling, the salon helped Alpha Epsilon Phi with the Think Pink event. On October 2nd they brought equipment, colorful hair-extensions, and their expertise to LIU Post.
Alpha Epsilon Phi hopes to make the Think Pink fundraiser a yearly event to spotlight the important cause, and create awareness around campus. “As a chapter we continuously raise money for Sharsheret,” said Yovino, explaining that the sorority will do the breast cancer walk on October 21 in New York City. But this isn’t the only charity the sorority supports. Next semester, Alpha Epsilon Phi will also raise money for Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS.
The Cactus Salon has locations all over Long Island. For more information visit www.CactusSalon.com. To find out more about Sharsheret, visit www.sharsheret.org. For information about the sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi, go to http://liuaephi.wix.com/epsilonmu.