Originally published on February 5, 2019 in The Downtowner newsletter.
The upcoming Wigs for Kids charity event was started by 65 year-old grandmother Christina Wonnacott, who is a non-traditional first year student at Point Park University and also a Downtown resident. Wonnacott is a retired business owner, but she decided to return to school this year to be around people that inspire her.
Wonnacott explained that, although she had the first spark of inspiration, the Wigs for Kids event is a huge group effort and that it would not be successful without all the people helping and supporting her. “I’d rather give credit to the other people, because it was a collaborative effort. Everyone should be applauded” said Wonnacott.
The idea for the Wigs for Kids fundraiser was born at Cardamone’s Salon while Wonnacott was brainstorming for a class assignment. Wonnacott then teamed up with fellow student Dylon Hartigan to create the event and plan a short film based off a script Wonnacott wrote.
The Wigs for Kids fundraiser is in partnership with Cardamone’s Salon. Katie’s Kandy, Pizza Fiesta, Bill and Walt’s Hobby Shop, and Culinart Group are sponsoring the event. The fundraiser will take place on February 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Lawrence Hall on the Point Park University campus (201 Wood Street). The only prerequisites to participate are that you have a minimum of 12 inches of hair to donate, that your hair is clean and dry, and that it is not permanently color treated. However, even if you aren’t donating hair, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the event.
Wonnacott also mentioned that they hope this Wigs for Kids fundraiser will become an annual event. “Wigs for Kids is the only organization that gives wigs to children for free. The fact that they do this service is amazing. The children that Wigs for Kids help have talked about how much of a difference it has made in their lives. That is the heart of this event. We want to help these children too” explained Wonnacott.