"Treat Yo'self" to a good time at charity salon event

Students and members of the community take part in "Treat Yo Self" spa day at Mount Pleasant's MJ Murphy Beauty College, Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Tuesday night, starting at 5 o’clock MJ Murphy beauty college hosted a charity “Treat Yo'self” event. The event was organized by five CMU seniors, Allie Brodzik, Sarah Deaton, Viktoria Metclaf, Corianna Smar and Dylan Conley. It was a project for their Recreation, Park and Leisure class. The project was to organize a charity event with no budget.

“Second day of class (we) were put into groups for a project,” Metcalf said. “We got to choose our project. We chose a beauty night and had to plan it with zero budget.”

It was $5 for admission in advance and $8 at the door. People could choose three services out of five: eyebrow waxing, manicure, hair styling, deep tissue scalp massage and makeup application. The stylist working were students from MJ Murphy who volunteered, and while 38 stylist were scheduled, the event was short staffed by 12 people. 

 Student stylist Dustin Hogard made the 45 minute trip from Clare to work at the event.

“I thought this would be interesting because we’ve never done an event like this before,” said student stylist Haley Tack.

Sponsors that helped the event donated in-kind services, such as the prizes and food. Kroger and Ebert& Gerbert's donated food. There were also five raffle prizes. Raffle tickets cost a quarter a ticket. MJ Murphey also donated a $100 gift basket. Soaring Eagle Water Park donated four day passes and an overnight stay. Biggby donated three $5 gift cards. Side Door Salon sent a gift basket of hair products. B Tan gave a tanning package.

Money from tonights event goes toward Commission of Aging, a committee dedicated to helping the older generation to be more active and socialize.

“We choose something every year to donate to,” Bailey said. “Last year we did christmas baskets and people were so happy about the generosity. I feel like there is a need for fundraising for the elderly.”

Michelle Bailey, Director of Stylists at MJ Murphy Beauty College, helped coordinate the students to come and participate and make sure the building was prepared for the event.

“It was a great opportunity for my students to grow,” Bailey said.

Brenda Brennan, owner and president of MJ Murphy Beauty College, bought the school in 1998. This November is the 68 anniversary for the beauty college.

“I think this event good for the community and students,” Brennan said. “The students feel comfortable working here because this is where their stations and equipment is at and people feel like they’re at the salon.”

The salon was packed with students from CMU and people from the community. 

Junior Dana McDaniel came to the event because her roommates saw a flier.

“I thought it would be fun and would be good practice for the students,” McDaniel said.

Sophomore Leigh Rowe said she came because it was a good deal for a good cause.

Deaton, who was in charge of donations, said that they were lucky to have so much support and help from the community and that tonight was a bigger success than she ever imagined.