Making Life More Beautiful for America's Children: Empire Education Group's Beauty...

Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:29am EST

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Making Life More Beautiful for America's Children: Empire Education Group's
Beauty Schools Help 10,000 Needy Kids
More Than $237,000 Generated by Empire to Support National Children's Charity

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Drawing on 50 years of experience
in making America more beautiful while helping young women and men achieve
their potential and improve their lives, the largest, most successful
consortium of cosmetology schools in the country has decided to turn its
skilled hands to making life more beautiful for thousands of needy and
neglected children.
    Empire Education Group, the largest beauty school operator in North
America, has raised more than a quarter-million dollars for the 125-year-old
children's crisis charity KidsPeace through a National Day of Beauty
fund-raiser at its 87 schools and through its leadership of a black-tie gala
for KidsPeace, which helps children across the country to overcome crises such
as abuse, neglect, and life traumas.
    Empire's National Day of Beauty donated all the proceeds from one day's
services at its schools across the country to benefit KidsPeace -- more than
$125,000! Additionally, Empire's chairman and chief executive officer,
Franklin K. Schoeneman, was the honoree at KidsPeace's annual gala, which
through his leadership raised another $110,000 to benefit the children.
    "Empire Education Group had dedicated our work for 50 years to improving
lives," says Mr. Schoeneman, "We are proud to extend that legacy to help more
than 10,000 children who are at KidsPeace to find better lives."
    Empire Education Group's generous donation will be used for the KidsPeace
Children's Fund, where it will help youngsters who have often been denied a
chance at childhood to learn, to play, and to grow into happy, healthy kids.
    "We want to thank Frank Schoeneman and all the wonderful people at Empire
Education Group's 87 beauty schools nationwide," says KidsPeace Acting
President Dr. Lorrie Henderson. "Their generosity will truly make life more
beautiful for thousands of deserving children."
    With a heritage of more than 70 years of quality cosmetology education,
Empire Education Group, headquartered in Pottsville, PA, is the largest
provider of beauty and cosmetology education in North America with 87
locations in 18 states. Using the exclusive Certified Learning in Cosmetology
(CLiC) education curriculum, the company prepares students for successful
careers in cosmetology (hair care, skin care, nail care and massage), an
industry that needs more salon professionals than can be supplied to fill job
openings. That means graduates can fulfill their career goals with increased
earning potential and the ability to work flexible hours. Call 1-877-313-2066
and visit http://www.empire.edu.
    KidsPeace is a 125-year-old national children's crisis charity dedicated
to giving hope, help, and healing to children facing crisis. Based in
Bethlehem, PA with 65 centers nationwide, KidsPeace directly helps thousands
of children a day with life-saving treatment to overcome the crises of growing
up and millions more each year through prevention and awareness campaigns.
KidsPeace was named "The Outstanding Organization" of its kind in the country
by the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children and was
called "a prototype of what we need for all children everywhere" by the late,
nationally renowned child and family expert, Dr. Lee Salk.
    Contact:  Mark Stubis, Vice President
              800-25-PEACE
              mstubis@kidspeace.org


SOURCE  KidsPeace

Mark Stubis, Vice President of KidsPeace, +1-800-25-PEACE,
mstubis@kidspeace.org
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