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Get Styled at Kasai For A Great Cause

Nov 09, 2017 10:27PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello

Here's a chance for kids to enjoy a party and get pampered by top stylists - all while raising money for a great cause: The Get Styled at Kasai event on Sunday in Manhattan Beach promises fanciful fun while benefiting cancer research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The party, to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kasai Hair, will give kids ages 15 and under the opportunity to get their hair styled by some of the top stylists in Los Angeles. All guests will enjoy a gourmet brunch, have the chance to win prizes from local shops and merchants, create unique gifts at craft stations, and be entertained by musician Zeal Levin.

Tickets for the party are $25 per person.

The party is the brainchild of Wendy Simmons and her daughter Katie Cocco, who are part of a family with a long history of activism and fundraising to benefit cancer research. Additionally, Wendy's son Brendan Simmons is the founder of Surfing 4A Cure, a foundation that provides funding for pediatric cancer research. Wendy and Katie have been key players in Surfing 4A Cure's annual fundraising events, which have raised $70,000 in the past six years.

As a client of Kasai's owner Katsumi Kasai, Wendy would often talk to Kasai about their fundraising events, and Kasai indicated that he was interested hosting an event at his salon. Rich Ohnmacht, a colorist from Kasai and Meche in Beverly Hills, also became interested and had the idea of hosting an event at Kasai specifically for children going through cancer treatments.

"We decided to host a fundraiser, as a way to allow many guests to attend, bring awareness about children's cancer, and raise the much needed funds for research," said Katie Cocco. "We have several guests coming who are patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, who will be treated like stars that day."

Cocco added, "The location of Kasai allows for a great event space, and Kasai has enlisted his stylists and musician friend Zeal Levin to make this a special morning for all guests attending. We will have activities for all guests to partake in, be entertained by Zeal, and all children in attendance will get their hair styled so they spend the day looking great and feeling great."

All proceeds from the event will be granted back to the Abella and Hudson’s Hope Fund, directed towards pediatric cancer research at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Research Facility. The Abella and Hudson's Hope Fund is named after two siblings who both passed away from cancer. It was a chance meeting with Abella and Hudson's parents - Jamie and Oliver Wyss - that provided Simmons and Cocco with the original inspiration for raising funds for pediatric cancer research.

Currently, the fundraiser has raised $600 toward its $2,500 goal.


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