Wallingford Cut-a-thon raises money for cancer patients

Wallingford Cut-a-thon raises money for cancer patients


WALLINGFORD — For the third year in a row, Salon Le Rae held its annual cut-athon to raise money for cancer patients and their families.

All proceeds go directly to The Sisters’ Project, a local nonprofit.

“One of the women (Mary Gilson) that I bought the salon from — she’s one of the Sisters, and then another one (Chris Pretti) works for me still and is also part of the group,” Salon Le Rae owner Rachel Borrelli said. “So we’re connected with them and they do a lot for the community so we just want to give back to the community.”

Customers lined up in the waiting room or went out in the salon parking lot to enjoy a number of different tables set up by local businesses, who also donated their time. Salon le Rae is located at 156 Quinnipiac St.

“We have the haircuts, we have raffles, which a lot of local businesses donated, which is great,” Borrelli said. “We also have food, The Eatery donated some wraps and sandwiches for that, we have mimosas, beer sampling, in the back we have a photo booth, dance classes, yoga classes.”

Seeing the community come together made Borrelli, a Wallingford native and Chris Pretti, also a town native, very proud.

“It’s an amazing community ... everyone helps everyone out in this community,” Pretti, a hair stylist at Salon Le Rae and treasurer of The Sisters’ Project said. “It’s amazing to see, it’s not something you see every day but when you see it like this, you’re like ‘hey what a great place to live.’”

Pretti even ran into someone the Sisters’ Project has helped.

“I just had someone come in and say that we helped his mother out and I did not know that. So, it’s nice to see how paying it forward works, because it’s come full circle,” she said. “It’s surreal, you kind of walk around in life and you don’t realize the people you affect or help, it’s not something I think about, it’s just something I do.”

The Sisters’ Project will be hosting a dance in January.

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