By JEN CARDINES
Save-A-Suit, partnered with Studio 466 Salon & Spa to award three female veterans with a complete make-over.
Located at 466 East St. in Plainville, the salon is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, but owner Donna Theriault opened the doors on Sept. 19 for this special occasion organized by Save-A-Suit, a non-profit organization out of Bethel, Conn. that supports military veterans in need.
Mary Clark, a Southington resident, Elnora Cochran, and Krystal Rayner were the three honored veterans for this event. Theriault, along with her staff— Christopher Angeletti, Stephanie Grennan, Ariel Mercado, and Eliza Deptula— worked on the selected veterans’ hair and makeup for three hours.
The three women, all Army veterans, were the finalists selected from an essay contest that Save-A-Suit conducted. Female veterans were asked to write about their touching stories and current struggles.
After serving the country, the women came home to face unemployment and even homelessness. They were among over 70 applicants from around the state, and were rewarded with a complete haircut, makeup application, and a professional outfit to bring home.
Save-A-Suit specializes in giving veterans professional business attire, which they get from clothing stores and other companies that donate to them.
“This is the first event like this, just for the females, that we’ve done,” said Save-A-Suit community outreach leader Alyssa Ruddy.
During Rayner’s make-over, she had a large portion of her hair cut off as a donation for the Wigs for Kids organization. “She chose this organization because they do not charge the children for their wigs,” said stylist Grennan.
Theriault said that Save-A-Suit organized the entire event, but she was happy to host it in her salon. Before and after photos were taken and the women could not believe the difference. With smiles on their faces, they left the salon dressed for success, with hopes for a brighter future ahead.
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