Patrick Lomantini’s 50 States Tour Visits Bel Air’s Bella Amici Salon on 8/12
For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Long
Humane Society of Harford County
BarkAid/50 States Tour
Fallston, MD (July 23, 2015) – Need a haircut? Love animals? On Wednesday, August 12th, Patrick Lomantini, master stylist and owner of a salon in Wichita, KS, will 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 fourth annual tour, Lomantini will travel to all 50 states in 63 continuous days to give at least 50 haircuts in each state – 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.
Lomantini will start cutting hair at 10am at Bella Amici and his last appointment will be at 8pm. Make an appointment now by calling Bella Amici Salon at 410-588-5688. During his day-long cutting extravaganza, a minimum $20 donation will be collected per haircut. Donations will also be collected to assist Lomantini with travel expenses; otherwise, 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 $20 so a homeless woman or child in transition at Anna’s House in Bel Air can get a haircut. Donations can be made online or brought directly to Bella Amici Salon, 624 South Main Street (Rte 924) in Bel Air or The Humane Society of Harford County, 2208 Connolly Rd, Fallston. Donations should be clearly marked “FOR ANNA’S HOUSE” and all checks should be made payable to HSHC. The deadline to make a donation is Monday, August 10.
“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.”
From 2pm until 5pm, adoptable animals who are looking for permanent homes will be visiting Bella Amici’s front lawn. Stop by the kissing booth to “Smooch a Pooch” for just $1!
Year Three of the 50 States Tour reached new levels, not only in the amount raised, but also in the number of haircuts and the new relationships made. The 50 States Tour performed 2,525 haircuts and raised $74,525 for shelters nationwide.
“We couldn’t be more pleased and happy for all of the animal organizations that benefited from the 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:
• 63-day tour, beginning in Augusta, Maine on August 1 and ending in Wichita, Kansas on October 1
• 16,000 miles traveled by car plus flights to Hawaii and Alaska
• 43 hair salons and 7 cosmetology schools serving as hosts
• Approximately 3,750 hair cut appointments will be scheduled
• Goal to raise over $90,000 for 50 shelters and animal rescue groups nationwide
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.
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 Anna’s House
Anna’s House offers transitional and permanent housing for homeless women and their children in Harford County, MD. The staff also provides counseling, case management, career and life skills training, and employment assistance to help the women of Anna’s House to achieve independence. Located in scenic Harford County surrounded by woods and walking trails, Anna’s House offers a bit of country living with city advantages. Having a quiet place to live while sorting out life’s difficulties is a priceless gift. Education, employment and empowerment are the paths to self-sufficiency that is shared with residents. Volunteers and a caring staff give of themselves daily to help families on their journey to independence.
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 owner of Lomantini The Salon, a two time world record holder who has found a way to marry his passion for hair and his love for animal rescue.