QUEENS — Fashion and hairdos are perhaps the last thing that come to mind while thinking about cancer patients. But on Sept. 3, a downtown Jamaica hair salon will be transformed into a runway in an effort to raise money to help children struggling with the disease.
About two dozen models will volunteer their time to participate in the two-hour show, organized by Yvelisse Salon, in partnership with the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, showcasing hair styles and maquillages from the salon's stylists and make-up artists, the organizers said.
The models will also be wearing creations and latest styles from local designers and boutiques.
Kayshia Kruger, 26, of Yvelisse Salon said that the goal was to organize a charity fundraiser to both engage the employees and give back to the community at the same time.
“The employees wanted to do something that was kind of close to their heart,” Kruger said.
They decided to collect funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital, a facility focused on treating children struggling with cancer, because many of them have been affected by the disease, including a stylist who lost her son to cancer last year.
Another employee’s daughter is a cancer survivor, Kruger said.
'We just wanted to come together for an event that supports children with cancer or anybody fighting it," she added.
The team hopes the fashion show will become an annual event, supporting different charities every year.
Those interested in participating can buy tickets ranging from $15 to $50 here. Attendees will receive gift bags, there will also be raffles. The event will take place on Sept. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Yvelisse Salon, at 147-13 Jamaica Ave.