Caring & Sharing
Arts In Reach (AIR) Fundraiser
The Somersworth and Portsmouth campuses raised $2,000 for Arts In Reach. Arts in Reach provides enriching afterschool and vacation programs in performance and visual arts. Since 1997 they have been helping teen girls in Rockingham and Strafford Counties of New Hampshire develop confidence and gain key life skills such as collaboration, goal-setting, leadership, and communication while discovering new and creative means of self-expression.
NH Food Bank Food Drive 2017
Empire Beauty Schools Annual Food Drive for the NH Food Bank brought in 1,937 pounds of food! This was a huge donation and the NH Food Bank is very thankful!
Taylor Home Community Services
The Laconia Cosmetology and Esthetics students went to Taylor Community and provided a day of beauty for the residents there. Taylor is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that is enhanced and strengthened by a continuum of care that facilitates and provides access to assisted living, nursing, and memory care on site.
My Friends Place 2017
The Somersworth campus raised money to donate to My Friends Place in Dover which helps those in need of emergency shelter and transitional housing. They provide home like emergency shelter and transitional housing, and exceptional support for the homeless men, women, and families in our service area.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016
In October, we all raised over $7,000.00 during our Cancer Fundraising. We donated money to Making Strides, The NHBCC, and helped our teammate Kathy who is fighting the battle right now and will win!!
Back to School Drive
The Laconia campus filled back to school backpacks for local children in their community. They also gave free back to school cuts!
The Hooksett Campus helped a local family in need by raising money and collecting donated clothes.The family they helped has a young daughter named Alia. She was diagnosed with MLD, a devastating neurological disease with no cure and expensive treatments. After the month long fundraiser they got to spend the day with her and treat her and her family in Alia's Clubhouse for the day with manicures and pedicures.
2016 Food Drive for NH Food Bank
In June we collected over 3,200 pounds of food which provided over 2,700 meals to families right here in N.H.!
Concord Homeless Resource Center
Every month the Hooksett Barber students take a trip to Concord, NH to provide free hair cuts to those in need at the Concord Homeless Resource Center. They always have a great time donating their time and talent.
Thank you to all who donated to the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Hooksett campus on 12/23/2015. We had 20 presenting donors and 18 productive units! This is a fabulous amount! Empire would also like to thank the staff from the Red Cross they were amazing and jovial - we could not have asked for a better team!
Breast Cancer Fund Drive 2015
Every October Empire gears up for their biggest fundraiser of the year - to help fight Breast Cancer. Here is a snippet of the article that was written by the Fosters newspaper about the fundraiser;
This year Empire Beauty Schools paid it forward by presenting a check to a graduate who is battling cancer.
Stephanie Jennings graduated in 1996 and has worked in the industry ever since.
Matthew Lambert, General Manager for Empire, said Jennings worked for the family for many years, loves the business, and has been an ambassador for the business.
“Stephanie doesn’t talk about what is going wrong; she talks about what is going right,” Lambert said. “She focuses on the positive and how she is going to beat this.”
The founder of the school, Norman Langlois, could not be at the ceremony, but sent a video message saying he was proud of all the money the school raised. He sent Jennings a check for $1,000.
Empire Marketing Manager Donna Demers, who is Langlois' daughter, presented a check to Jennings for $4,000 from the fundraisers the students and staff held during the fall.
Jennings said it was amazing to see how much people had come together.
“The love from all the people is awesome, I thank you for putting in that effort and doing this for me,” Jennings said. “And I am going to beat it.”
Jennings has been out of work since the end of August. Demers said it is hard for hair designers when they are out of work as they don’t typically have sick leave and also lose out because part of their income is based on commissions and gratuities.
Demers said several of their campuses took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and did fundraising at the school by selling buttons, pins and ribbons, and baked goods.
“We have many of what we call caring and sharing events,” Demers said. “In October we did our cancer awareness and fundraising for people battling cancer.”
Tabs for Taylor
Recently Empire received an update on Taylor's tab collecting: 3/18/15 to 9/18/15 Taylor has collected 937.5 pounds 1,400,000 tabs!!!!
Thank you Empire students and faculty for your help, love and support! Keep them coming! We are well on our way to collecting 2,000 pounds this year! Every tab matters and is greatly appreciated.
Turn your trash into treasure and help the kids at Shriner's Hospitals defy the odds!
Empire Supports Families in Transition
In July 2015, the Hooksett campus collected new and gently used clothing and houseware items for Families in Transition (FIT) OutFITters thrift stores in Manchester and Concord. 100% of the store profits goes into funding the housing and services FIT provides for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless We are proud to say that the Hooksett team overfilled two bins and even had to have another dropped off for an additional week of collecting items. Great job team!
2015 Food Drive for NH Food Bank
All Empire Beauty School campuses collected nonperishable food donations during the month of June 2015, for the NH Food Bank. We collected a total of 2,043 pounds of food totaling 1,989 pieces for families here in New Hampshire. We can't thank our students, staff, and guests enough for all the generous donations. The photos show the NH Food Bank picking up all your food donations!
Great Bay Services - Fancy Dance 2015
Members of Great Bay Services came to Empire Beauty Schools in Portsmouth to get their hair, makeup and nails done for their annual Summer Fancy Dance. They all looked fabulous and were ready to head out for a fun filled night of singing, dancing and refreshments. Empire Beauty Schools would like to thank Great Bay Services for letting us be a part of getting some of the greatest ladies ready for their Fancy Dance again this year!
Alyssa Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund
Alyssa attended Empire Beauty Schools Hooksett campus in 2011. On September 12, 2011 she passed away from a tragic car accident. She was only 21 years old. Her family and Pinkerton High School have established a Memorial Fund to award a cash scholarship for a Pinkerton CTE Cosmetology student to use at any school in hopes that they can follow their dreams just like Alyssa.
We at Empire Beauty School would like to express our sincere gratitude to our guests, our Tomorrow's Professionals, and everyone who donated and/or participated in making this fundraiser a success. With your donations, we raised $767.00!!
Homerun for Hope
The Somersworth campus held the HOMERUN FOR HOPE fundraiser to support Seth Jones and his family while he battles against cancer. Seth is a huge baseball fan and especially loves the Boston Red Sox. His family owns Jonesey's Barber Shop in Rochester. Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the Seth Jones Homerun for Hope event on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 as well as those that donated during the month of May. With your support we were able to raise $2000.00 for the Jones family!
Cancer Survivor Beauty & Support Day - June 2015
In 2003, Barbara Padgett organized the first nation wide Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. Empire Beauty Schools are proud to have been a participant for the past several years.
This event was held this year on June 2, 2015. Empire offered free services in all our clinics to Cancer Survivors. All our students and staff are honored to be able to help with this great event.
Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser
The month of October all campuses participated in raising money for breast cancer awareness. They did this thru holding various activities at each school to raise money for such a great cause. We are proud to announce that company wide we raised $7111.44!! Thank you to all students, staff, and guests for all of your support!
Community Stewards Award
Congratulations to the Portsmouth Campus for earning the Community Stewards Award.
Empire Cuts Hunger - May 2014
During the month of May, 2014 all Empire Beauty Schools collected food donations for the N.H. Food Bank. Over 3400 items were donated totaling 2,392 pounds of food. This is enough to provide 1,993 meals to families in New Hampshire.
Many thanks to all our students, clinic guests, and staff for their generosity and support of the N.H. Food Bank helping feed those in need.
Senior Prom - May 2014
As part of Empire’s commitment to support local communities, Empire Laconia Campus just made this group of wonderful ladies feel beautiful for their senior prom event held at Golden Crest Senior Resort.
Several students volunteered their time and abilities to perform hair designs, manicures and makeup applications. They were all invited to stay for their first annual senior prom event and partake in the activities. A good time was had by all families, guests and students.
Laconia Girls & Boys Club - Feb 2014
The Laconia Campus continues its community service enabling 18 girls from the Laconia Girls & Boys Club to receive free manicures.
The girls were divided up into two groups and driven by the girls & boys club to the school. The morning was filled with lots of giggles and fun from the participants and they were very appreciative and overjoyed with the colors they chose.