Two-Part Event Connects Local Cosmetology Students with Cancer Survivors for Complimentary Handmade Wigs and Beauty Makeovers From October 26-30 During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Free On-Site Mammograms On November 5
LAS VEGAS – Local powerhouse, philanthropist and founder of the Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas, Denise Dixon, will host her 5th annual “Wig-A-Thon” event featuring complimentary handmade wigs and beauty makeovers to benefit local breast cancer survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The heartfelt charity event is happening from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas, the professional beauty school, located at 3249 W. Craig Rd., #100, North Las Vegas, 89032, from October 26-30.
The school’s students hand make each wig from scratch using high quality human hair. All of the wigs will be given out to selected recipients based off community recommendations as well as through a partnership with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Recipients will attend the October event and get their wigs fitted in addition to receiving complimentary beauty makeovers by Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas students. In all, 10 breast cancer survivors will attend the event and up to 10 additional wigs will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
“Both of my grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer in their last years, so this cause is especially dear to me,” said Dixon. “I’ve seen what this devastating illness can do, and if my students and I can make these survivors feel special and beautiful after what they’ve gone through, then it’s the least we can do. Giving back to the Las Vegas community is what I live for and I’m so happy this year we can incorporate a free breast cancer cancer screening as well. I never want someone to lose their life just because they couldn’t afford a simple mammogram that could make all the difference.”
This year’s “Wig-A-Thon” will also feature an additional breast cancer prevention event on Friday, November 5, from 7:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. The Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan, a medical van offering a mobile 3D mammogram station, will be parked on-site at the Cosmetology School Institute of Las Vegas.
“The Institute will pay for anyone who is uninsured to receive a mammogram,” said Dixon.
Those interested in scheduling a Mammovan appointment to reduce wait time at the Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas are encouraged to do so by calling Nevada Health Center directly at 877-581-6266 and selecting option 1.
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About Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas
The Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas opened in 2015 to serve the Las Vegas community with a professional beauty school and outlet aiming to lift up disenfranchised youth, especially BIPOC, in need of professional skills, direction and career opportunity within the beauty industry. CILV offers young students an educational facility with affordable tuition, professional training, and the necessary skills to start and maintain their own business. Programs include: cosmetology, esthetics, hair design and nail technology. The school received National Accreditation in 2019 and has since seen hundreds of graduates. CILV was founded by Denise Dixon, a small business owner, serial philanthropist, author, and community advocate in Las Vegas. Dixon’s mission is to pay it forward and give other women and minorities in her community a helping hand via CILV and its related scholarships, grants, programs and events.
For more information on the Cosmetology Institute of Las Vegas, please call 702-756-2208, visit the school at 3249 W. Craig Rd., #100, North Las Vegas, 89032, or browse their website at CILV.com. Follow them on social media at facebook.com/CosInsLV and on Instagram at @CILVegas.