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Chopped: Immaculata Academy students, faculty and staff donate to Locks of Love

HAIR WE GO — Pictured are Locks of Love participants Stephanie Busha, Emma Lipinski, Abby Wind, Monica Schubbe, Amanda Mohler and Rachel Boruszewski. Photo submitted by Kimberlee Marciniak.
HAMBURG — A total of 593 feet of hair was collected, as students, faculty and staff members at Immaculata Academy joined together to donate 10 inches or more of their hair, each, to Locks of Love on Oct. 17.

The nonprofit organization collects hair donations to create and provide hairpieces for young people with medical hair loss.

Character Club, a campus group associated with the Character Club of Western New York, sponsored the event.

Hamburg hair stylists Laura Carestio from Design Salon and Spa, Jennifer Mottola and Alesia Crawford from Donovan & Co. and Jill Green from Jill’s New Beginning Hair set up shop in the academy lobby, where the girls donated their hair as their peers watched.

Immaculata Academy senior Emma Lipinski
In the end, 26 students, one faculty member and one staff member got cuts, although only 16 students had originally signed up.

A male teacher also collected donations and had his entire head shaved.

The school body gathered in the auditorium for a donation ceremony, where before pictures were shown and new hairdo reveals were unveiled.

Junior Ally Dybala made and sold bracelets to help raise money toward the cause, and students, faculty and staff members donated money to dress down and wear pink or purple, the cancer awareness colors.

More than $400 was raised, along with the hair donations, which went toward defraying the cost of producing the hairpieces.

“It’s such a warm feeling to see everyone come together and participate in so many different ways to help others,” said Principal Jill Monaco. “It’s on days like these that we know our Franciscan mission is alive and well, in the halls of Immaculata Academy.”

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