Haute Event: Locks of Love Cut-A-Thon Ponies Up 61 Ponytails at the Rio Spa & Salon

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Seven-year-old Rowena Gellett donates her hair to help kids in need at Rio Spa & Salon’s Locks of Love Cut-A-Thon.

The Rio Spa & Salon hosted its second annual Locks of Love Cut-A-Thon raising a total of 61 ponytails to benefit the organization. This year’s event was held in honor of Rylie Cruz, the granddaughter of a longtime Rio employee, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. The donated hair will go to the Locks of Love organization and will be turned into wigs and hairpieces for children undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from other medical illnesses.

The Cut-A-Thon was a family affair for one Las Vegas family in particular. Rowena Gellett, 7, heard about the event and decided to donate her 19-inch ponytail, which had never been cut. Seeing her enthusiasm, both of her parents also participated. Her father Michael Gellett donated 22-inches bringing in the second-longest donation of the day. The longest ponytail donation of the day belonged to 12-year-old Hope Marroquin, who donated a 26-inch ponytail.

All of the hair donated from this year’s Cut-A-Thon will benefit Locks of Love. The Rio Spa & Salon at will continue collecting ponytail donations all year long.

For more information, visit www.riolasvegas.com or call 702-777-7779.

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