Sunday, April 18, 2010

Beauty is Healing Part 2

Earlier this month, I helped coordinate the second Spa & Beauty Day for Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island. In case you didn't read Part 1, Coler-Goldwater is a long-term medical facility for people who have been paralyzed by accidents or illness and can no longer care for themselves due to their health condition and economic status. I am honored to be a member of Angelica, a volunteer group committed to bringing happiness and fun into their lives. Spa & Beauty Day is an extra special event for the residents because each person receives individual attention and love from makeup artists, hair stylists, manicurists and energy healers.

Stunning portrait by Hanif Abdur-Rahim

The first Spa & Beauty Day took place in September 2009 at the Goldwater campus, so this time we worked at Coler, which is on the other side of the island. I was able to organize a fantastic team of volunteers, many of whom I met for the first time that day. I was so grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment to selfless service. At the end of the day, we accommodated 78 people for hair styling/cuts, manicures and makeup and 54 people for energy healing!

Not only were we able to give each person a bit of pampering, we had a fashion photographer, Hanif Abdur-Rahim, taking portraits of them after their makeovers. This really brought another level of excitement to the experience and the participants seemed to feel a renewed sense of pride as they posed for the camera. It was really so touching to see how hair and makeup transformed them not only physically but mentally and emotionally! Truly, truly beautiful...

Makeup artist Theresa Francine with happy client

Headed by my good friend Teresa Benoit, three energy healers used reiki and customized techniques to help move stagnant energy and ease tension in the patients. They had an extraordinary turn out and worked tirelessly to take care of each person. One woman, who was initially quite skeptical, was amazed that pains in her ear and leg were completely gone after a treatment with one of the gifted healers. I personally have experienced this type of healing and totally believe in it's power! I am so happy the people at Coler were open and able to experience it as well.

Awesome makeup artist Suzana Hallili with elder

We will be producing 3 more Spa & Beauty Days for Coler-Goldwater this year and the next one is slated for late June. I am excited and inspired to make this day better each time! If you are interested in participating in the day or even just volunteering at the hospital, please contact me or visit the site for more information.

Celeb manicurist Myrdith Mccormack giving her gift

I want to sincerely thank my co-volunteers once again- hair stylists Linh Nguyen, Eloise Cheung, Julia Rose, Ronnie Peterson, Jay Palaniuk, CK Karkhanis; makeup artists Kristen Arnett, Jen Myles, Anna Webber, Suzana Hallili, Alex Almeida, Mykel Renner, Theresa Francine and Trace Byers; Energy Healers Teresa Benoit, Rita Castillo, Natalia Ongaro, manicurist Myrdith Mccormack, photographer Hanif Abdur-Rahim and videographer Tony Breznica. I also want to thank the Angelica organization for providing funding for the event and for offering me this extraordinary opportunity. Love you and thank you all!

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