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Salon's Cut-A-Thon will raise money to fight multiple sclerosis

When Chris Griggs mentioned to his stylist at J. Scott Salon in Lawrenceville that he was looking to raise money for the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Griggs got more than he expected. Far more.

"I mentioned to him that I was looking for sponsors, and Scott just took the reigns," said Griggs, who is part of Team Bonnie, a cycling team that will be riding in MS 150 Atlanta Challenge. The race raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Scott Farmer, stylist and owner of the salon, wasn't interested in simply donating money to the team. Instead, he set to work, corralled his staff and created a Cut-A-Thon.

"It's one thing to ask a company for money, but what Scott has done, now that is a completely other thing. He is giving us so much support," said Griggs, whose brother-in-law has MS. "This is such a cool idea. Haircuts are a service that everyone needs, so why not come out and get it for a lower price and help a good cause? It's a win-win situation."

Farmer himself does not have MS. He doesn't have a family with the disease, either. Yet that fact doesn't stop him, or his stylists, from wanting to give back.

"We're a small business, and just giving money didn't seem like the thing for us to do. We really wanted to give back to the community," Farmer said. "While we may only raise $2,000, we are also raising awareness about this disease and bringing attention to it."

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system and is thought to be an auto-immune disorder. According to the MS society, nearly 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 more people are diagnosed.

Team Bonnie cyclists are aiming to raise at least $50,000 for the MS 150 Atlanta Challenge, a bike race to be held Sept. 8-9 at Callaway Gardens.

During the Cut-A-Thon, attendees can receive hair care services from J. Scott stylists. Cuts start at a $25 donation, and color starts at $50. Farmer and crew are aiming to raise $2,000 throughout the day-long event, which will be held July 30 at the J. Scott Salon's Lawrenceville location. A second Cut-A-Thon will be held on Aug. 27 at the salon's Athens location.

Caribou Coffee has also gotten on board, and will supply refreshments throughout the day, and children's activities will also be available. All the money raised from the event will be donated to Team Bonnie and the MS society.

"No one is making money here except the charity," Farmer said. "My great team of stylists all just jumped on board and are donating their day off for this. The response to this whole thing has been amazing."

The J. Scott Salon/Team Bonnie Cut-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 30 at the J. Scott Salon, 1195 Scenic Highway, suite C-1, Lawrenceville. A second fundraiser will be held on Aug. 27 at the salon's Athens location, 269 N. Hull St. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Call 770-978-4744 or visit www.jscottsalon.com.

Bazaar to benefit seniors

The Christmas in July Bazaar will be held on Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur. The event is a benefit for DeKalb County's Mountain View Personal Care Home, a residence for 35 low-income seniors in DeKalb County. Call 678-973-8758.

Pet therapy program seeks volunteers

AseraCare Hospice is in need of certified pet therapy volunteers. The hospice works to ease the last days of terminally ill patients' lives. By sharing pets with patients, the pet therapy program helps them relieve stress. Call Fiona Goddard, volunteer coordinator, at 770-698-8785 or 770-512-4313.

FODAC awarded $45,000 grant

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too, received a $45,000 grant from the NEC foundation on May 3. The grant will help FODAC continue to recycle assistive technology to people with mobility impairments. The grant will be used as part of the federal ReUse of Assistive Technology initiative. FODAC will serve as a national model for this project, which includes 11 additional ReUse programs across the U.S.

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.