Shear Artistry, a Larchmont hair salon, is asking patrons to do good while looking good in June. For each hair cut, the salon will make a contribution to an organization dedicated to fighting cancer.
Owners Angela and Tony Teti, their assistant Rosemarie and hair stylist Ralph wanted to give back to the community and honor their late family members who died of cancer. Ms. Teti explained: “My mother had lymphatic cancer, Tony’s mother had breast cancer, and his brother had pancreatic cancer. We were just going to make a cash donation to a cancer-related organization when, by chance, I started chatting with one of my long-time customers.”
Elaine Shapiro, Larchmont resident for 24 years and patron of Shear Artistry for 22, was getting a haircut when she and Ms. Teti started talking about The Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in which Elaine has participated for the past five years.
“Whenever I tell anyone about the Breast Cancer 3-Day, I get very emotional,” said Ms. Shapiro. “Breast cancer has hit my family very closely. Between my husband’s mother and aunt, my grandmother and aunt, and some very, very close friends, I feel passionate about raising money for finding a cure for breast cancer.”
“The 3-Day Walk has changed my life,” said Ms. Shapiro. “On a humanitarian level, I feel so good about bringing awareness to the disease and walking side-by-side with survivors. On a personal level, I have made so many close, close friends. You have so many hours to talk to people during training and on the walks and I’ve learned so much. My life is richer, fuller and better because of my participation.”
Ms. Shapiro, who is the walk’s Westchester County Training Leader, has walked in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco. She will walk in D.C. this year. Each entrant must raise $2,300 in order to participate in the nationwide event. “This year due to the economy, it might be more difficult to raise the necessary funds, and when I mentioned this to Angela, an idea was born,” she said.
Ms. Teti said, “My husband and I are community-minded, family people. The idea of helping Elaine help her friends help the community by walking in the 3-Day is a perfect way for us to give back to our community.”
Mr. Teti has been cutting men’s hair in Larchmont for 30 years. “We thought our customers would appreciate our efforts to raise the money. If every boy or man in Larchmont whose hair I’ve cut over the past 15 years dropped by for a trim, we’d be donating a lot of money, and we wouldn’t mind,” Mr. Teti said. “We’re happy to participate in this promotion, and we’ll even give a portion of the proceeds of an Old World hot shave if our customers want to come in for one.”
Shear Artistry will be contributing $2.00 per haircut for men and $3.00 for women and double for new clients. In addition, customers who make a personal donation to the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to be used at Shear Artistry.
Shear Artistry is located on 133 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, New York and can be reached at (914) 834-1087 or (914) 834-8064. Appointments are suggested.
To make an on-line contribution, go to www.the3day.org/goto/ElaineShapiro