Locks Of Love Cut-A-Thon Event At Rio Spa & Salon To Benefit Children

2nd annual Locks of Love 2011 Cut-A-Thon raising a total of 61 ponytails to benefit the organization at Rio Spa & Salon. This year’s event was held in honor of Rylie Cruz, the granddaughter of a longtime Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino employee, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

Locks of Love 2011
Locks of Love 2011 Cut-A-Thon Event At Rio Spa & Salon

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.

Locks of Love 2011
Locks of Love 2011 at The Rio Las Vegas

The Cut-A-Thon was a family affair for one Las Vegas family in particular. Seven-year-old Rowena Gellett 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.

Rowena Gellet and Family
Rowena Gellet And Family

The longest ponytail donation of the day belonged to 12-year-old Hope Marroquin who donated a 26-inch ponytail.

Locks of Love 2011
Locks of Love 2011 Cut-A-Thon

All of the hair donated from this year’s Cut-A-Thon will benefit Locks of Love. For those who are interested in donating, Rio Spa & Salon at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will continue collecting ponytail donations all year long. For more information please visit www.riolasvegas.com or call 702-777-7779. Photos courtesy: Rio Spa & Salon

Bill Cody is an entertainment, technology and luxury travel reporter in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events, tech, food, Las Vegas and luxury travel.

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