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Fallston, MD (June 28, 2016) – Need a haircut? Love animals? On Wednesday, July 27, Patrick Lomantini, a master hair stylist from Wichita, Kansas, will return to cut hair at Bel Air’s Bella Amici Salon to bring attention to and raise funds for the many wonderful animals at the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC). On this, his fifth annual tour, Lomantini will travel to all 50 states in 91 continuous days to give at least 50 haircuts at each salon – all for his love and passion for saving the nation’s homeless animals. One hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to the participating shelter or animal rescue group.
Lomantini will start cutting hair at 10am at Bella Amici and his last appointment will be at 8pm. Men, women and children are encouraged to make an appointment now by calling Bella Amici Salon at 410-588-5688. During his day-long cutting extravaganza, a minimum $25 donation will be collected per haircut. Lomantini doesn’t pocket any money; he is donating 100% of all proceeds to support the programs and services at HSHC. The first 50 people who get haircuts will receive a goody bag with product samples and other giveaways.
Folks who are unable to attend are encouraged to donate $25 for a resident of Bel Air’s Homecoming Project to get a haircut. The Homecoming Project is an eight bed, state certified half-way house for women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. Donations can be made online at www.harfordshelter.org/news-events/2016/05/50statestour/ or brought directly to HSHC, 2208 Connolly Rd, Fallston. Donations should be clearly marked “Homecoming Project” and all checks should be made payable to HSHC. The deadline to make a donation is Wednesday, July 20.
Patrick will gladly cut your hair for donation to Locks of Love or other similar organizations. The easy-to-follow directions to mail your hair to Locks of Love can be found at www.locksoflove.org/get-involved.
Adoptable animals who are looking for permanent homes will be visiting Bella Amici’s front lawn between 11am and 2pm.
“Not only is Patrick incredibly passionate about helping animals in need, he is also a really generous person who has an incredibly positive attitude,” said Erin Long, marketing coordinator at HSHC. “Once you meet him, he makes you feel like one of his oldest and most treasured friends. He definitely has a following among our supporters and many of them look forward to seeing him each year on his stop in Bel Air.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased and happy for all of the animal organizations that benefited from last year’s event and for all of the salons that participated in hosting me and my team,” Lomantini said. “Thank you all so much in continuing to believe in our passion and dream for better animal welfare.” Follow Lomantini on his journey by visiting www.barkaid.org.
50 States Tour Fun Facts:
- 91-day tour, beginning in Augusta, Maine on July 15 and ending in Wichita, Kansas on October 20
- 18,000 miles traveled by car plus flights to Hawaii and Alaska
- 53 hair salons and 21 cosmetology schools serving as hosts
- Goal to raise $100,000 for 74 shelters and animal rescue groups nationwide
- Approximately 5,500 hair cut appointments will be scheduled
About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Your tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community. For more information, visit www.harfordshelter.org.
About Bella Amici Salon
Bella Amici Salon has been in business since 2004, moving to its new location at 624 South Main Street in Bel Air, MD in 2010. It’s a funky and more modern salon that also strives for a hometown feel with its guests. Bella Amici provides a wide variety of services including haircuts and styles, chemical treatments, waxing, nail care, massages, facials and much more. Bella Amici maintains a website at www.bellaamicisalon.com.
About The Homecoming Project
The Homecoming Project is an eight bed, state certified half-way house in Bel Air, Maryland for women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. The mission of Homecoming Project is to provide women with a comprehensive, family-oriented program of recovery from homelessness and substance abuse in a supportive residential environment. Additional information can be found at www.homecomingrecovery.org.
BarkAID, established in 2010 by Patrick Lomantini, is a self-funded, registered 501c3 non-profit organization based out of the State of Kansas. The mission is to raise funds and awareness for homeless animals, as well as educate people about what is happening with animals in their communities. BarkAID raises funds for shelters and pet adoption organizations in all 50 States. BarkAID’s largest fundraiser is the 50 States Tour. Patrick Lomantini is a master stylist and a two time world record holder who has found a way to marry his passion for hair and his love for animal rescue. Additional information can be found at www.barkaid.org.