POINT PARK FRESHMAN AND GRANDMOTHER ORGANIZES
WIGS FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
--Partnership with Cardamone’s Salon offers free haircuts to those donating 12” or more of hair--
PITTSBURGH, PA (January 23, 2019) – Point Park University college student and 65-year-old grandmother Christina Wonnacott wanted to turn her class assignment into an effort to help others.
“I needed to create a four-minute film for my screenwriting class and thought why not make a promotional film that an organization could use to increase awareness and donations?” said Wonnacott. The downtown Pittsburgh resident chose Wigs for Kids, a national non-profit organization that provides free, custom-fitted wigs for children 18 years and younger who have experienced a medical related hair loss. Several years ago, Wonnacott herself experienced hair loss due to an illness.
The result of Wonnacott’s effort is a “Cut-A-Thon" and fundraising event taking place on Sunday, February 10 from 2 – 6 p.m. on the Point Park University campus. Cardamone’s Salon will provide free haircuts to those donating 12” of hair or longer. Regular haircuts for men and women will also be available. All proceeds will benefit Wigs for Kids.
The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended by visiting
Point Park University’s Lawrence Hall, located at 201 Wood Street, will be the staging area for those awaiting haircuts. There, items will be available for sale including Wigs for Kids t-shirts, wristbands, silent auction items, postcards, and raffle tickets.
Wonnacott hopes to raise $5,000.00 during the one-day event. As an older, non-traditional student, the opportunity to combine a class assignment with an opportunity to do good for others was just the kind of college experience she was looking for at Point Park. “I returned to school when most people are retiring, but it’s been the best decision of my life,” said Wonnacott who was until recently living in a freshman dorm on campus.
According to Keith Paylo, dean of students for Point Park, the University was happy to help Wonnacott and her film director and co-producer, sophomore Dylon Hartigan. “An important part of what we hope our students learn while they are at Point Park is how to help others. The fact that Christina and Dylon turned a class screenwriting assignment into a fundraiser is exactly the kind of effort we encourage.”
Event sponsors include Point Park University and Cardamone’s Salon. The event donors include Bill and Walt’s Hobby Shop, Culinart Group, Katie’s Kandy, Pizza Fiesta and Hello Bristro, among others.