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Power Networking and Shopping - A Fundraising Event

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Joan Scovic

Shear Pleasure, Ltd. is a family business that opened in 1980 with a full staff of talented stylists specializing in hair and nails. After 30 years of being a professional stylist, a personal experience changed Danette Goggin, co-owner of Shear Pleasure, and inspired her to become a specialist in hair replacement. Danette's daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata at the age of two.

According to the website of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, "Alopecia Areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body." The condition affects 2% of the population overall, including more than 5 million people in the United States alone.

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Taylor experienced small patches of hair loss until she was ten years old. At the age of ten, Taylor lost all of the hair on her body and was diagnosed with the most severe form of Alopecia, Alopecia Universalis. Since then, some hair has regrown, but it is an ongoing battle. Taylor is currently a nursing major at the University of Iowa and she attends an alopecia areata conference each summer where she has fun with others her age and facilitates groups to offer advice to others who are coping with the disease.

The Dynamic Professional Women's Network is presenting an evening of power networking and shopping to celebrate the third anniversary of DPWN's Palatine chapter and to help raise funds for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. DPWN is a professional women's network that will donate a portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event to support the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

This fundraising evening of networking and shopping will be held on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Lamplighter Inn Tavern and Grille, 60 N. Bothwell Street in Palatine. The $10 cover includes one specialty drink, pizza, soda, desserts and one raffle ticket. Those under 21 will be admitted for free and the event will include a 50/50 raffle along with raffles of gift baskets and other donated items. Funds raised will support the National Alopecia Areata Foundation in their quest for a cure.

It sounds like it's going to be a great night out, for a great cause. Hope to see you there!

Having a daughter who lost her hair to Alopecia Areata created a strong desire in Danette to use her career as an outlet to help other women and children with similar hair loss experiences. Shear Pleasure offers free, private consultations to those who may be experiencing hair loss in the salon at 237 W. Dundee Road in Palatine. For more information, visit www.shearpleasureltd.com.

For more information about Alopecia Areata, visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation at www.naaf.org

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