Last weekend we celebrated a year's worth of ponytail donations at Helix Brewing Co, here in La Mesa, CA. Helix has a great industrial atmosphere with exposed brewing equipment and their patio is an inviting space to chill and play games with friends. I won't forget to mention their awesome beer. Our personal favorite is their Stoner Moment IPA.
Over the past twelve months we have collected 20 ponytails, a total of 212 inches of hair, to send to the Locks of Love Organization. Locks of Love is a non-profit that offers prosthetic hair pieces to underprivileged children with permanent hair loss, most often due to a condition called Alopecia. This event wrapped up our sixth annual fundraiser for the organization. Free haircuts have been offered since the salon's opening in 2010 to anyone willing to donate 10 inches of hair or more.
We raised a total of $980 between financial contributions and the silent auction. Winners of the silent auction took home great prizes such as; suite tickets to Padres games at Petco Park, brewery gift sets, hair product baskets and gift certificates to various other local businesses. Our biggest source of money earned was from those suite tickets to 2 separate Padres games, totaling over $400. We would like to send out a special thank you to Keith and Clara Justus over at Business Copier Solutions, for the generous donation.
The weather was perfect for sitting outside with a cold beer and listening to the sultry and funky sounds of our first band, Cori and the Music. This was the group's second year donating the gift of music to the event. We wrapped up the afternoon with The Last Minutes. These guys and their bad babe of a drummer have the most fun following in San Diego. The various members of this band have continually supported this cause over the years. Jared Montalvo, the front man, has organized our music for 5 of the 6 years, always lining up some great acts. He has been vital to our success and we are grateful to have a friend and patron like him.
We want to make sure to thank everyone who helped us pull this event off and make it a success. We are very proud of the turn out. Now it's time to mail a big box of hair and send that $980 check.