Attending the “Wigs & Wishes” event in Berlin, NJ last Sunday was just plain fabulous. The event, put on by salon owner & hair product @HSN marketer, Martino Cartier, was packed with laughs & a positive vibe.
I first became acquainted with Martino’s salon through a guy I used to date. I fly standby and was unable to make a flight last year to get home in FL (due to weather). My hair appointment was scheduled in FL and I had “serious root issues”. No woman, including myself, wants to have hair or roots resembling a raccoon’s. That week, I just wasn’t interested in that look. I would’ve waited for my own hairdresser, but she was booked solid for two weeks at Zimmiz in FL. I had to be at work in less than 3 days.
At the salon, the stylist explained they put on an event every year and to keep it in mind. Her boss, Martino, wasn’t in, but to put it in the back of my mind & made a note of the date. I later researched it online.
Fast forward 10 months or so, and I’m pulling into Lucien’s manor in a rented Toyota ready to mingle. I noticed a Lamborghini parked outside, so I got a picture on the way out.
The last charity event I had attended prior to this one was a March, The Jay Fund Event put on by Tom Coughlin, in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. (I wrote a blog on that one too, bethadair.com/The-Jay-Fund-Event/).
Martino’s event started with a fab pack of ladies that assigned me a table number and sent me to coat check. From there, I entered an amazing room with chandelier’s, live band & tons of hors douvres. There was also a fun camera screen with several hats, glasses and wigs to take pictures in. I went ahead and gave it a whirl and asked the girls if they’d use my phone too, so I could post it to my social pages. They were glad to help.
I walked up to a table and started chatting with a sweet couple from Delaware. Gina, and her husband had come over to the event and she was proud to tell me she had on a wig designed by Martino. She said she had been fighting an uphill battle with lymphoma & that she was almost done with her treatmemts. She had three kids at home and she & her husband were a scream. We tooled the rooms set up for auction.
While we were trekking around, Miss New Jersey, Jaime Gialloreto, introduced herself and modeled necklaces she was asking for bids on. The monies would benefit the event. We snapped pictures.
From there, we met Martino’s son, Brigade, and I got a pic and later with Martino. I could see the resemblance . Both men were full of energy and friendly in approaching everyone in attendance.
Sponsors of the event included Lancôme cosmetics, HSN, Brazilian Blowout, Viviscal, Abbott Florist, Mike’s Hardscapes, Platinum House Streets. I noticed too, items for auction included a donated @cj_wentz helmet who plays QB for the @Eagles. The event had lots of local support. I had flown into Philadelphia, as it was a closer drive than flying into Newark.
After some bids were put in for auction, we went to a separate room for dinner. Everything was first class, from the venue, to the staff working the event, to the food. A three course meal offering fish & steak as the main entree. Coffee & cake were offered afterwards. A cash bar was available .
Celebrities included NJ local @DanielleStaub , of the New Jersey Housewives, & celebrity stylist @CarsonKressley . Carson was also on one of the boards in Philadelphia (unfortunately, I cannot recall which). They were both a scream. Both Danielle, (who at mid-50’s looks at least 10 years younger), & Carson, (who was equally as youthful in appearance), kept the crowd laughing. Later, Martino would introduce cancer patients who would receive Wigs & wishes.
Back in 1997, i raised a few thousand dollars for a child with Leukemia w/the GA chapter of Leukemia team & training. I ran my 1st NYC marathon for him at the same time. I found it very emotionally taxing to be around a child who knew how sick he was, and hearing the expense of treatments was equally as tough. It was easier to run a marathon. With this event, the amount of money raised brought a lot of smiles. The terminally ill child receiving a dog from Martino, smiled too.
I had to leave around 9:30-10 pm as I had to make a 6 AM departure from Philadelphia the next morning. My table mates, (Mark Margu & his Dad both ran Henry Margu Wigs), had just gotten word of a gas explosion near their homes & wanted to get back to check on their house.
With rental car return the next morning, the drive and etc., I knew I’d be lucky to get 4 hours of sleep. I had been in NYC two days prior to this event working on volunteering with the NYC marathon (which was a total blast), Beth Adair.com/NYC-Style-Volunteering/. I took a day off travel in between & my vacation has been just the kickstart I wanted to get back in work mode.
I’m a flight attendant and work international trips, but like to work fun projects on the side. I was grateful for a week of positive vibe with the peeps at the NYC marathon & at the gala in NJ with Wigs & Wishes. I hope next years event is equally as fun. If you would like to support this event, contact WigsandWishes.org online.