Fresh hair cuts promote fresh starts for young women

Girls of all ages showed up for a day of beauty for a Traverse City Cut-a-Thon. The event was held to raise money for My Sister's House. A non-profit organization that provides a home for young women that are homeless or have aged out of the foster care system.

It was a day full of beauty and girl power for girls of all ages at the 2nd annual Cut-a-Thon, hosted by My Sister's House.

Traverse City Central High School's gym was transformed into a beauty parlor for the big event. The event benefits My Sister's House. A home for young women who are homeless or too old for the foster care system.

"We're much more than a shelter," says My Sister's House director, Cristy Allen. "We also provide life skills, support, we work on education goals, employment goals, as well as interpersonal skills at counseling."

For a small donation, girls could get fresh hair cuts, up-do's, manicures, face paint, and even a massage, all provided by Global Salon and the many other volunteers at the event.

Organizers aimed to raise around $8-thousand for the five young women who currently call My Sister's House home. 20-year-old Toni Zotter is among those five.

"It means that there's so many people looking out for us," said Zotter. "I never knew anyone could care this much."

But organizers say that an event like this, also helps to inspire the young women to better their lives.

"Just teaching girls that this is a career they can go into," said Mackenzee Bull from Salon Verve. "You can go to beauty school, you can be a hair dresser, you can be successful. You can be whatever you want to be."

Organizers tell 7&4 News that they are always looking for more volunteers to help teach life skills, provide transportation, and mentor the young women at My Sister's House. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.