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Salon goes pink for breast cancer event

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 12:37 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Patricia Sumpter got her hair done Saturday at Lee David Salon in Huntington.

But on Sunday, the Inez, Ky., resident drove an hour and 25 minutes back to Huntington with her granddaughter Breanna Blevins to get her a special cut for a special cause -- Lee David Salon and Spa's fourth annual Cuts for the Cure & Pamper for Pink event.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, more than 30 people who rolled up to the salon, where stylists' chairs were out under three canopies tied with pink balloons.

A $30 donation to the St. Mary's Pink Ribbon Fund (which provides mammograms for underinsured and uninsured women in the Tri-State) got you a haircut, mini facial, express manicure and pedicure, or a 20-minute massage.

Inside the Salon and Spa, at 148 8th Ave., Huntington, was awash in a party of pink that included a pink bow wrap of the salon's spiral staircase and a pink-splashed photo booth room, where people could don pink wigs, giant sunglasses and other pink accessories for silly photos.

Sumpter, who has been getting her hair cut by co-owner Paul Clevenger since 1996, said it's never too far to drive to help fight breast cancer.

"This is the first time I've got to come to this, and I was glad I was able to come. I have lost family to breast cancer, and my dad died of cancer, so I think this is really great thing to attend. And she needed a haircut," said Sumpter of her granddaughter, who turns 11 on Halloween and who got some pink highlights in her hair.

Mick Nichols, co-owner of the salon, said the cause is personal as Clevenger's sister died of breast cancer five years ago.

"It's something we do in memory of her, and we also see so many women, and we know so many women affected by it that it is something we know we can do," said Nichols, who was tricked out with pink spiked hair and a pink bandana. "This gives people a chance to help out, and they also get something too for helping out."

In addition to the cuts and spa treatments, patrons also were entered into a 50/50 drawing as well as a pink Paul Mitchell raffle basket. The salon also had door prize drawings donated by such local businesses such as Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, Gino's, Black Sheep Burrito & Brews and more.

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