Bang Salon, the DC hair salon owned by Urban Adventure Companies (the same parent company that owns Vida Fitness), is opening its doors at all four area locations on Sunday for an eight-hour “Salon-A-Thon.” Leading up to the event, patrons are invited to book any of the salon’s hair services—from haircuts and blowouts to color and deep conditioning treatments—and following the event, all proceeds from all Bang Salon locations will be donated to the Pulse Victims Fund, which was launched by Equality Florida on June 12.
This year’s Salon-A-Thon marks the sixth charity event of its kind hosted by Bang Salon. In the past, the events have taken place later in the year and proceeds have gone to benefit cancer research organizations. Following the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, Urban Adventures Companies founder David von Storch says he reached out to the Bang Salon operating division leaders to see if they were interested in participating in raising funds for the victims and their families.
“Each division developed their own plan for raising funds,” says von Storch. “The Bang team decided to move the annual cut-a-thon forward by two months and directed that all [proceeds] would benefit the Pulse Victims Fund. And rather than have the event at one salon, due to the interest expressed by our team, we are hosting this event at all four salons.”
Bang Salon is currently accepting appointments for Sunday, July 17 from 10 AM to 6 PM at their U Street (1612 U St., 202-299-0925), Verizon Center (601 F St., NW; 202-737-2264), Metropole (1519 15th St., NW; 202-588-5555), and The Yards (1212 Fourth St., SE; 202-628-3222) locations. In addition to donating proceeds, the salon will also serve complimentary Champagne and light bites to participating patrons.
“One of Bang Salon’s roles is as a safe and accepting place of business for the LGBT community,” says von Storch. “This year’s cut-a-thon is a reminder that we have a special obligation to help and support the LGBT community in times of great need.”