New salon raising funds for animals and foster teens

SOLANA BEACH — Combine a wash, cut and blow dry with foster teens and animals in need and the result is the grand opening of Benten Salon at 107 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach.
The fundraising event, set for Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature live music, refreshments and a raffle with prizes donated by Belly Up, Wild Note Cafe, Oh My Goddess Boutique, Pluta Movement Therapy and Oxygen Medical Spa.
Proceeds from the raffle will benefit San Pasqual Academy and the San Diego Humane Society. The goal of the grand opening is to raise awareness of both organizations.
Donna Herrick, co-founder of San Pasqual, is a client of owner and stylist Kyoko Mori. “Through (Donna) I’ve learned so much about the organization,” Mori said. “I wanted to do something to help. And everyone who knows me knows how much I care about animals.”
San Pasqual Academy, which opened in 2001, is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed for foster teens. Located in Escondido, it provides foster teens with a stable, caring home, individualized education and the skills needed for independent living.
The 238-acre campus features individual family-style homes, an accredited high school, a computer for each youth in the homes, a cafeteria, a technology and career information center, recreation fields and a swimming pool. Teens live and learn at the academy as they prepare for college and a career path. More information is available at sanpasqualacademy.org.
Serving the county since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society provides services such as animal sheltering and adoption, adult and youth education programs and positive reinforcement behavior training. The organization also investigates animal cruelty and neglect, rescues animals in emergency situations and provides sharing animals through pet-assisted therapy.
Visit sdhumane.org for more information.
Anyone attending the grand opening may bring items from the Humane Society’s Toys for Pups wish list posted at sdhumane.org/ site/PageServer?pagename=don_WishList. The salon will continue collecting wish-list items until Dec. 15.
Call Benten at (858) 720-0220 for more information about the salon.

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