Join Spas and Salons and Give Back: 12 Days, $1000

It’s quite an incredible industry we are part of – not just for the wellness benefits, but because nearly every spa makes it a point to benefit the lives of those who are less fortunate. Yes, 96% of spas are engaging in charitable activities such as donating products and services, fundraising events, and partnering with local charity groups. We recently featured James Corbett who actively works to give cancer patients and their caregivers the dose of glam they deserve through his orgnization Hair2Help.

Well, I am proud be on the board of a non-profit organization called Glamour Gone Good, which empowers America’s glamour-makers (such as YOU, spas!) to give back to women and girls in need. Each year, Glamour Gone Good distributes up to $100,000 in funds raised by glamour industry professionals to worthy women’s and girls’ organizations. This year is going to be no exception!

Spas, salons and wellness facilities nationwide: I invite you to take part in 12 DAYS OF GGGIVING.

12 DAYS OF GGGIVING is an unprecedented charitable initiative launching nationwide on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, led by prestigious salon and spa brands, to boost end-of-year revenue and increase consumer brand loyalty while celebrating the season of giving.

In a nutshell: Salon and spa professionals will have 12 days to raise $1,000 for charities that support women and girls in need. By hosting holiday-inspired events, percent-of-proceeds promotions, raffles, and much more, they will have their clients falling in love with them all over again as they celebrate the true meaning behind the season of giving.

Registration is free and includes:

1. Listing on GlamourGoneGood.org under “Participating Salons and Spas”

2. Limited rights of use to “12 Days of GGGiving” logo and artwork

3. Invitation to participate in national and local media opportunities

4. Access to free resources, including promotional signage and press releases

5. Complimentary 30 minute fundraising and marketing consultation with Glamour Gone Good’s founder and CEO, Shikha Vasaiwala

100% of proceeds raised during the twelve days will benefit grants to Dress for Success WorldwideGirls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), and Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation.

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR 12 DAYS OF GGGIVING NOW!

Spas directors, I encourage you to sign up to be part of this spirited holiday event. Comment below if you’re thinking of signing up, or feel free to email me with any questions – michelle at spaweekmedia dot com. I do hope you join us. Here’s to a season of glamour… and the gift of being able to give back!

Spa Week’s Hot Mom Spa Night NYC… That Was HOT.

It’s official: Our Hot Mom Spa Squad has started a MOVEMENT. The Squad’s goal of spreading Spa Week‘s founding mission of pampering and wellness to ALL moms was encapsulated at our first ever Hot Mom Spa Night on Monday, September 26th, at Spa Merge in NYC. With #50dollartreatments just weeks away, we played host to nearly 80 Hot Moms who were pampered and preened… and some for the first time in (gasp!) 2 years, or even since before having kids. The spa-deprivation madness must end once and for all!

With dad or the babysitter at home, our #HotSpaMoms kissed goodbye to their mom-responsibilities for a few hours and got their spa-rty on! Cocktails by Martini and Rossi mixed with the adorable DJ Jasmine spinning all our favorite hits, it was a recipe for optimal mommy-mingling and a few spontaneous dance parties to say the least. The night lead to many new friendships, and some pretty funny confessions in our Hot Mom Confessional. Your kid did WHAT!?! (Watch the video above for all the mommy dirt).

Spa Merge was truly the perfect setting for our first ever Hot Spa Mom Night. This expansive yet intimate spa in midtown greets guests with exquisite hospitality and an insta-relaxing scent that flows throughout the space. Throughout the night, our Hot Moms were taken to private, candle-lit treatment rooms for massages (OLGA is a living legend) and mini-glow facials (DaDaRocks got his very first one!). Out in the party space, eyebrows were chiseled to perfection by the acclaimed Vicky Langer, and Deborah Lippman manicures with warm Eco-Fin Paraffin hand treatments finished off the transformations.

SpaWeekers Stephanie, Michelle, Kimberlee and Breanna

It’s safe to say we created some new spa addicts.

We ended the night with some great raffles. Congrats to Kami of Working Mom Fence for winning the $425 triple-treatment spa day at Spa Merge (read her post of utter disbelief) and to Gina of Mommy Posh who claimed a $50 Spa Week Gift Card prize.

We’d like to thank everyone for coming out to our first Hot Mom Spa Night! Our Mommy Co-Host Lyss Stern of Diva Moms, Zuri “Queen ZMC” McDaniels (fabulous newly-blogging wife of Run DMC), and the moms behind Mom Trends, Mommy Posh, Savvy Mom NYC, Advice Sisters, Mom Most Traveled (check out her event post!), Mommy Shorts, DaDa Rocks (holding down the Y-chrome), Dim Sum Debutante, Moms Favorite Stuff, Boyz Rule Our World, The Brand New Mommy, Stroller Ballet, Primetime Parenting, Mommy in the City, Mommy Delicious, Style Mom, Rachel Ferrucci, Hats, Heels & Handbags, Finance Foodie, Single Mama NYC, Mommy’s Mingle, and all our other Hot Moms, and their Hot Mom guests.

Special thanks to…

…Spa Merge! If you would like to book them for Spa Week (highly recommended), call 646.484.4104, their $50 treatments are:

  • 45 Min Honey Dust Body Scrub with a Chamomile and Lemon Hydration
  • 50 Min Warm Herbal Body Wrap and Hydrating Mini Facial
  • 45 Min Spa Merge Brightening Facial

…Our event charity partner Glamour Gone Good, an organization empowering America’s glamour-makers to do good and give back to women in need. (Shout-out to founder and brand new mommy Shikha!)

…Martini & Rossi for that fab buzz.

…And our photographer for the evening, Carol Lapidos (@Best_Mom_Ever) who happens to be an especially special mom. MY mom! <3

Give, Give Back and Tweet to WIN!

Tis the season of giving… and giving back.

To celebrate all the love and generosity in the air with thousands of people giving the gift of SPA to their friends, family and coworkers, Spa Week Daily is giving back to charity AND giving you the chance to win a SPA gift card for yourself. We’ve partnered with one of our favorite new charity organizations, Glamour Gone Good, which encourages and supports beauty, fashion and spa businesses in giving back to women’s causes. Here’s how this Give, Give Back and Tweet to WIN giveaway works:

GIVE

We’d first like to thank everyone who chooses to give the gift of SPA this holiday season. With the mission of spreading health, beauty and wellness lifestyle to the next generation, Spa Week‘s Holiday Gift Card Sale offers $100 SPA Gift Cards for just $79.99. All other denominations are 20% off – you won’t find this deal anywhere else! SPA Cards are redeemable 52 weeks a year at thousands of day spas, medical spas, salons and wellness centers nationwide for massages, facials, scrubs, pedicures, acupuncture and more, and they never expire. Click here to buy Spa Gift Cards.

GIVE BACK

For every new @SPAWEEK Twitter follower we get from now until the end of 2010, Spa Week will donate 10 cents to Glamour Gone Good. Right now we’re at: 8,799.

We chose this organization because we absolutely love their concept, as well as the 3 women’s causes they support — scroll down for all the details. GGG encourages beauty, fashion, salon and spa businesses to integrate charity into their everyday business by giving them fun and easy ways to give back to women in need, even if they don’t have much to give.

WIN


Follow @SPAWEEK and @GlamourGoneGood on Twitter.

TWEET: SPA-liday Gift Card Sale from @SPAWEEK! Follow them to #GiveBack to women in need, and Tweet to Win a $100 SPA Gift Card. http://ow.ly/3gSns

Extra Entry: Comment below with the women’s charity that is most important to you, and include your @Twitter name.

Every Tweet will count as one entry to win a $100 SPA Gift Card from SpaWeek, redeemable all year around for massages, facials and so much more. Contest Ends December 31st at 11:59 EST. Winner drawn and announced on this blog post on January 3rd.

1/3/11 UPDATE: Congratulations Joanna Smith @joannaonthelake – you are the winner of the $100 SPA Gift Card! Thank you all for the support in raising money and awareness for Glamour Gone Good’s beneficiaries. We are now at 9,209 followers… thank you and welcome to our 410 new Tweeps.

About Glamour Gone Good and the 3 women’s charities they support:

Committed to women’s and girls’ empowerment, Glamour Gone Good is engaging America’s glamour-makers in charitable activities to raise funds for the Glamour Gone Good grants program, which funds America’s leading women’s and girls’ charities. Glamour Gone Good will award grants of up to $100,000 from the funds raised by professionals in fashion, beauty, salon and spa industries to the following three organizations:

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1999 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS helps young women and girls, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential.

Sister to Sister: The Women’s Heart Health Foundation is dedicated to preventing heart disease in women. It accomplishes this by increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women, offering free cardiac screenings for early detection and treatment, and by educating that healthy lifestyle changes can reduce heart disease risk dramatically.

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