WESTFIELD, NJ — Guillotine Salon & Spa in Downtown Westfield plans to donate 100 percent of proceeds from its “More Than a Cut-A-Thon” on Sept. 20 to local charities that fight homelessness. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Owner and stylist Lynn Fitzpatrick, a Cranford resident, said she has held events like this one each year for the 18 years she’s been in business.

“We were asked several years ago to participate in a cut-a-thon to help raise monies for a fellow hairdresser suffering with cancer. It was very gratifying and inspired all of my team to see how you can use your time and talents to help someone in need,” Fitzpatrick said. “Since then we have raised monies for many charities, such as Children's Aids, Restore Ministries and Battered Women, to name a few. The last five years we have been raising money to fight for the homeless.”

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Special services that day will include: Woman’s haircuts for $30, children’s haircuts (ages 11 and under) for $15, men’s haircuts for $20, woman’s haircuts with blow dry for $40, blow dry for $25, braids for $15, manicures for $10, Shellac gel manicures for $25 and pedicures for $25. In addition, there will be beauty basket raffles and a 50/50. (Specify if you would like a blow dry with women’s haircut when calling.)

Working with the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, money raised will be donated to the Homelessness, Hunger & Poverty programs, which include Agape Community Kitchen, Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, Community Foodbank of NJ, Cranford Family Care, Furniture Assist, Elmora Soup Kitchen, HomeFirst and the FISH Hospitality Program.

Fitzpatrick is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford and said that, through their many mission efforts, she has volunteered at the Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen, prepared and coordinated meals for the Apage Soup Kitchen, cut hair for guests from Operation Warm Heart and hosted homeless families from the FISH program.

“My passion for helping the homeless comes from personally meeting the people and getting to know them. They are just like you and I. Many just have fallen on bad times. They are so extremely grateful and thankful and really appreciate the little things. They are working hard to raise their families and get back on their feet. I'm always amazed how happy they are. It humbles me. We all have so much in our lives so to give something back to those less fortunate is only right. Not everyone realizes right in our own backyards many struggle.”

Past cut-a-thons at Guillotine have raised $3,000 to $3,500.

“We would love to exceed this,” Fitzpatrick said. “We would gladly accept donation as well if someone cannot participate that day.”

For an appointment, call 908-654-8686. Guillotine Salon & Spa is located at 108 Central Ave.