Every year Beauty Bus Foundation recognizes the best beauty volunteers in Los Angeles – our volunteers who give their time, talent and dedication to our clients and their caregivers. To provide beauty services throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties to clients who often cannot leave their homes to travel to salons or spas is a special gift to Beauty Bus’ volunteer program. The gift given by our beauty volunteers not only comes through beauty services, it also is seen in our buddies and ambassadors – beautiful volunteers who show their passion through companionship and assistance both In-Home and at events in Los Angeles. Many of our recognized volunteers bring our mission into their neighborhoods, schools and education programs. We are so grateful to have such wonderful people throughout Los Angeles as part of our volunteer program.
2013 Award Winners
2013 Volunteer of the Year – The Melissa Award: Given to the Beauty Bus volunteer who most embodies the spirit of the Beauty Bus Foundation, founded in memory of Melissa Marantz Nealy. Melissa was a spunky red-head who lit up a room and loved a good day at the spa. Melissa Award recipients bring the same passion to Beauty Bus that Melissa brought to living every day to the fullest.
Letrice Lopez: Letrice has been a beauty volunteer with Beauty Bus since the beginning – she joined our volunteer program as a nail tech in August 2010 – and is one of our longest running Beauty Professional volunteers. This year Letrice has been the Beauty Professional on 88 visits in Los Angeles! Additionally Letrice volunteers at Pop-Up Salons, comes into the office, helps with Beauty Drive and is our go-to person when we have questions about nail services. Letrice is patient and flexible with our client base. Working with patients who shake uncontrollably to those who have clenched fists, Letrice brings a relaxed element which results in beautifully polished nails. Letrice embraces the spirit of Beauty Bus and we are humbled by her continued dedication to our clients.
The 2013 Rosenson Family Beauty Buddy of the Year: Given to the non-beauty professional who attends home visits, Pop-Up Salons and events, and does so with passion and compassion for Beauty Bus’ clients.
Patti Amaral: Patti has been part of our volunteer program since March 2011. She came to us through the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center. Patti volunteers in the office, sits on the Beauty Drive committee and acts as Beauty Buddy on numerous in-home visits throughout Los Angeles. This calendar year alone Patti has been the Beauty Buddy for 83 visits – an average of 8 visits a month! We get special requests for Patti from our clients all the time because she brings such a light and lift to their lives. Patti has a friendly presence and ability to talk to everyone, representing the beauty in our volunteer program. We are so grateful to her as part of the Beauty Bus family.
The 2013 Aloxxi Salon/School of the Year: Given to the salon or school that has provided unique support to the Beauty Bus Foundation throughout the year.
Paul Mitchell The School- Sherman Oaks: Paul Mitchell The School – Sherman Oaks has signed up to volunteer with Beauty Bus at numerous events such as the Ronald McDonald House and No Worries Now Prom, providing a number of student beauty volunteers. The students from Paul Mitchell Sherman Oaks are professional, compassionate and kind to anyone who sits down to get a service. The method of teaching, the curriculum and the staff at PMTS are doing something right to develop such wonderful future beauty professionals. Even our licensed beauty professional volunteers have noticed how composed the students are with our clients. They are open and willing to help out where needed. We look forward to working with PMTS’s future beauty professionals on many more events!
2013 Beauty Ambassador of the Year: Given to the Beauty Bus volunteer who is a bold representative of the Beauty Bus Foundation in his/her everyday life. The Beauty Ambassador assists the foundation in thriving by using their unique talents to help sustain and promote the growth of Beauty Bus.
Kim Hudson: Kim has been an amazing addition to the Beauty Bus volunteer program and team. She is a compassionate individual who joined our volunteer program in November 2011. Although she’s done a little bit of everything, what stands out most is how she helped transform our volunteer training. Kim worked with program staff to refine and help lead the second half of the training covering the diseases that we serve, how to communicate with our clients and what to expect on visits throughout Los Angeles. Kim’s enthusiasm for helping others has positively impacted Beauty Bus.
2013 Barbara’s Butterflies – Kids Award: Given to young people who have contributed to the work of Beauty Bus and shared our mission in their community. These awards are presented in memory of Barbara Bresnan by her daughters, Mary and Maureen.
Maggie Smith (pictured): Maggie chose Beauty Bus Foundation as her Bat Mitzvah project this year. She came into the office to prepare packets for volunteer training and held a product drive at her house. We are grateful to Maggie for selecting Beauty Bus as her charity!
Carly Ackerman-Canning: Carly has been volunteering with Beauty Bus for the last few years. This year she volunteered at Beauty Drive and took on multiple in–home projects. As she prepares for life in college, we look forward to Carly’s future with Beauty Bus!
Sydney Walley: Sydney chose Beauty Bus as her Bat Mitzvah charity last year and took initiative with another product drive this year to benefit our clients!
2013 Richard and Roberta Marantz Family Beauty Professional of the Year: Given to the volunteer Beauty Professional who shares his or her talent at home visits, Pop-Up Salons and events, and does so with passion and compassion for Beauty Bus’ clients.
Stacey Ellis: Stacey joined the beauty volunteer program as a hair stylist with Beauty Bus in May 2011. She learned about Beauty Bus through her boss Natasha who is friends with Ann Mincey, our 2011 Beauty Drive Honoree. Stacey has gone on 18 visits in Los Angeles this year alone. She has a kind, compassionate touch with our clients and we are grateful for her service.