Stylists to Hold Cut-A-Thon to Benefit NorCal AIDS Challengecutathon

A great haircut at a great price can’t be beat, so when it benefits a great cause – even better. That’s the idea behind the first ever Cut-A-Thon, as stylists from across Sacramento support the 2010 NorCal AIDS Challenge.

The Cut-A-Thon, created by stylist and Space 07’s owner Ken Schultz, will help fund the 330-mile, four-day NorCal cycling ride from May 20-23, beginning in Folsom. Proceeds from the ride help fund Central Valley HIV/AIDS service providers and research. In its six years, the Challenge has raised more than $700,000 in donations for its various beneficiary programs.

More than two dozen stylists will be on hand for the Cut-A-Thon being held at trendy and spacious Space 07, located at 1421 R St. on Sunday, April 18. Prices are $25 for a shampoo, cut and style and $15 for a barber cut with no shampoo. The Scissors leap into action at 11 a.m. and don’t stop until the last head is perfectly coiffed at around 5 p.m.

“All the stylists, the best in Sacramento, are donating their time to the event,” said Schultz. “We will work in three-hour shifts throughout the day. No appointment is necessary. We wanted the event to be free form.”

A veteran Vidal-Sassoon trained stylist, Schultz is now also an avid cyclist. He said he was never interested in the sport until he rode in his first Challenge race three years ago.

“I fell in love with cycling. It’s more of a spiritual thing for me,” said Schultz. “I don’t talk about it much, but I am a longtime HIV survivor. I know that I am lucky and that exercise has a lot to do with it. I never thought I’d live to be 55, but I have and the Challenge may have had something to do with that. These days, I am more comfortable walking through the feelings I have about my situation, dealing with everything rather than ignoring the reality.” Schultz said.

The almost entirely volunteer-run ride will go from Folsom to Gridley, through Chico and Cache Creek, Woodland and back to Sacramento, camping along the way. A shorter, two-day “weekender” ride is also part of the event.

“The goal this year is to get 100 riders in the Challenge. Last year there were 50,” Schultz said. “This is not a big hill ride like the Tour of California or France and so it is an event many people could do with training. I have formed a Space 07 team and with it we hope to develop interest in the Challenge so it can grow. Funding from donations and state grants is off for everything, so the Cut-A-Thon and the ride are ways to help the area’s HIV/AIDS services.”

For more information on the Cut-A-Thon, call 916-444-7474 or visit www.space07salon.com. For more information on the NorCal AIDS Challenge, and how you can donate on line, visit www.norcalaidschallenge.net



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