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Sandburg Hosting Cut-a-Thon to Raise Money for Tornado Relief

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Dec. 3, 2013
GALESBURG—Students in the Carl Sandburg College cosmetology program will have a cut-a-thon from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Carl Sandburg College Annex, 209 E. Main St., Galesburg, to raise money for victims of last month’s tornadoes in central Illinois.

Customers can receive a haircut for a minimum $5 donation, and all proceeds from the cut-a-thon will be given to the American Red Cross to aid tornado victims. To schedule an appointment, call the Carl Sandburg College Annex at 309.344.2595. Walk-ins also are welcome. Sandburg cosmetology students came up with the idea after several tornadoes touched down Nov. 17 throughout the state, including in Washington, Pekin and East Peoria.

"When we heard about what happened in Washington, our class just came together and talked about how we wanted to do something,” student Shannon Avalos said. “Since we don't have the opportunity to go to Washington and physically help there, I think it's awesome that we all can come together as a class here and kind of use our creative talents and skills and send money there and help out in any way we can.”

The cut-a-thon is the latest of several efforts by Sandburg to assist those affected by the disaster. The College organized a supply drive and donated items from it to victims in Washington and Pekin. It also raised more than $2,000 by donating ticket sales from men’s and women’s home basketball games and the opening night of the College’s musical production of “Urinetown” to the American Red Cross.

For more information, contact Barb Kirchgessner, coordinator of cosmetology and therapeutic massage, at 309.343.2242 or



A Group photo of the student and instructor that help in the fund raiser.