Beauty Bus Foundation, which delivers hope and dignity through free-of-charge, in-home and in-hospital beauty and grooming services to clients and their caregivers throughout the Los Angeles area, will celebrate the work of its volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation on Sunday, November 18 at Google’s campus in Venice, CA.

The private function will honor its individual volunteers and Community Partner, The Irene Dunne Guild, a major support group of Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. The Guild develops and implements volunteer projects, events and fundraising initiatives for the hospital. Honorees will include  Bhumika Khona of Santa Monica (Volunteer of the Year); Ticia Roukus and Sonny Park (Beauty Professionals of the Year); Margaret Atwood (Beauty Buddy of the Year); Dana Cataldi (Beauty Ambassador). Barbara’s Butterflies are awarded to young people who have contributed to the work of Beauty Bus and shared the mission in their community.  Those to be recognized this year include: Jacqueline Eckmann, Alexis Gavin, Jessa Glassman, Sabrina Pelenghian, Ruby Riess, Becca Rosenblatt and Sarah Rosenblood

“Our volunteers are the heart of Beauty Bus,” according to Wendy Marantz Levine, Founder and CEO.  “It is because our volunteers give their time and talent so generously that Beauty Bus has been able to give clients and their caregivers more than 15,000 free beauty services.  We are honored to partner with Google to salute our amazing volunteers!”

Founded in 2009 to provide in-home beauty and grooming services, Beauty Bus Foundation has expanded its programming to turn conference rooms at places like City of Hope, Ronald McDonald House and other facilities around Los Angels into Pop-Up Salons for the day. About twice a month, with music playing, patients (Beauty Bus Foundation refers to them as clients) and caregivers visit stations set-up for hair, makeup, nails, facials, and glitter tattoos. Typically, 6-8 Beauty Professionals work with 30-50 clients during such a visit

Beauty Series, a program that recently launched at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Providence Holy Cross Center in Mission Hills and at Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank on a weekly basis, has received overwhelming response from patients, as well as hospital personnel. The Beauty Bus team visits hospitals on a weekly basis to provide consistent services to patients in their hospital rooms or in a “salon” setting within the hospital.

To date, Beauty Bus Foundation has provided more than 15,000 beauty and grooming services.

To learn more about Beauty Bus Foundation, visit their website

Submitted by Laurie Dominic

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