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Pamper for a Purpose will raise funds for genocide survivors

STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Denise Wetherell has organized the fifth annual Pamper for a Purpose event to take place Sunday at her salon, Shear Creations in Lake Oswego.

Even though her day has the same 24 hours other people have, Denise Wetherell gets more accomplished than most in that time frame. She does so by recognizing what is important and what can go by the wayside.

That is the approach she is taking with organizing the fifth-annual Pamper for a Purpose, scheduled for July 19. This event brings health, beauty and wellness practitioners together to offer services as a fundraiser for Jewish World Watch, an organization that fights genocide and mass atrocities through advocacy and projects that improve the lives of survivors.

Pamper for a Purpose began in 2011, when Wetherell’s daughter Anna, then 12, was preparing for her bat mitzvah. As part of her preparation she attended a program on genocide in Darfur and was moved to do something about it.

Denise’s response was to donate proceeds one day a month from haircuts she gives at Shear Creations in Lake Oswego to JWW. Knowing she could do more, she talked with other health and beauty professionals and in just four short months the first Pamper for a Purpose was held in Millennium Plaza Park. The event grew; more health and beauty professionals wanted to get involved and an auction was added. Speakers had to be secured, equipment rented, entertainment scheduled.

Pamper for a Purpose was moved to Portland’s Director Park in 2013, which came at a hefty cost. The event had grown into an organizational nightmare, one that caused Wetherell to reconsider what was important.

“We’d raise all this money and then half of it would go to expenses,” Wetherell said. “That wasn’t what we wanted. So this year we are holding Pamper for a Purpose in my salon.

“No overhead, no live music, but that is OK. It will bring good people together and give more money to the cause.”

The list of health and beauty practitioners at this point includes Wetherell, providing haircuts (503-635-3713); Angela Barnum of Angie’s Art of Beauty providing makeup (503-459-2981); esthetician Debbie Kho of Skin Sense Spa providing facials and other skin treatments (503-307-3833); and energy healer/counselor Merilou Hundley of the Venture Forward program at RoseSprings Center (503-693-9101).

Appointments can be made by calling the individual practitioners directly. Walk-ins are welcome and donations will also be accepted at the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event. Shear Creations is located at 246 B Ave., Lake Oswego.

Learn more about Pamper for a Purpose on Facebook. Learn more about JWW and its programs at jewishworldwatch.org.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.



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