A hair-raising affair is set to make a difference in the lives of women and children both locally and abroad.
Chelsey Ingbrigtson, 29, a Vernon resident and hairstylist, is raising funds for the Vernon Women’s Transition House and the Sweet Smiles Society. Ingbrigtson and two other local residents have vowed to cut their hair to raise funds at The Hair Raising Affair Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Mackie Lake House.
The evening includes drinks, appies, a mystery wine grab, silent auction, Colour Me Hair pieces and live music.
Kerah Trottier, 11, will donate nine inches of hair when $2,000 is raised and Dawn Lypchuk will donate her locks when $4,000 is raised.
And when the $6,000 mark is reached, Ingbrigtson will cut two feet of her hair for the Angel Hair for Kids Foundation, which provides wigs for financially disadvantaged children suffering from burns and cancer.
“I’ve been growing my hair for six-and-a-half years for this,” said Ingbrigtson, whose hair is down to her waist.
“I am a hair stylist who hasn’t coloured three-quarters of my hair for that time.
“I was waiting for someone or something to inspire me to finally make that final cut and that time has finally come.”
Spreading hope and protecting women and children near and far was the cause that spoke to Ingbrigston. The Sweet Smiles Society helps children who have been rescued from the streets of Mexico, many of whom have been exploited, abused, abandoned and forced into the sex trade.
“Helping children live the lives that they shold be living is our key goal,” said Barrita Durward, Sweet Smiles Society founder and president.
Locally, the Vernon Women’s Transition House provides shelter, food and support services to women and children leaving abusive situations.
Over the past year, it has served 487 women and children with shelter, support and meals, and there were about 4,952 bed stays.
“We turn away between 30 to 40 women and children a month as we are full,” states the Transition House.
For more information visit www.gofundme.com/hairraisingaffair.
For tickets, contact Chelsey at Evolve Studio (250-938-4284) or through their Facebook page.