Since their inception in 2005, Mark Johnson Custom Homes has supported local Wilmington, NC charities and sponsored events for local groups. Their support continues in 2010 with the sponsorship of Nsalo Salon’s 3rd Annual “Arts for the Arts” hair fashion show which raises money for the local youth organization, Kids Making It. Below is the official press release from Nsalo Salon and for more information, e-mail them at!

Youth Organization in Wilmington, NCFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wilmington, NC Hair SalonNsalo Salon to host 3rd Annual “Arts for the Arts” hair fashion show raising money for Downtown Wilmington Youth Program, Kids Making It.

Wilmington, North Carolina- “Arts for the Arts” will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 in The Beam Room, the 3rd floor of Front Street Brewery located at 9 North Front St, featuring cut and color styles, glamour, and avant-garde and fantasy hair pieces in an effort to raise money for the downtown youth woodworking program, Kids Making It.  This year there will be 2 shows, the first, a VIP Premiere Show at 8:00 with a cocktail party before beginning at 6:30- tickets $30 for individuals or $50 for couples, and a second showing at 9:30- tickets $20 each.  The WWII era inspired models will be dressed by local designer Chanel Depare and wear jewelry by Joanne Miranda Designs along with a mixture of local designers, boutiques and vintage period fashions. 

Kids Making It is a national award winning program unique in its strengths-based approach to empower at risk youth to transcend their challenges and grow into responsible, employed, law-abiding citizens. This is done thru teaching the KMI youth woodworking in a strong mentoring environment, instilling patience, pride, perseverance, confidence, teamwork, and self-esteem, while building character through consistent modeling of the golden rule, community service projects, and imparting the truth of actions and consequences through the woodworking process. The youth attending the program also learn about being an entrepreneur as they can sell their one of a kind woodworking items in the on site retail store , and they get to keep all the profits from the sale of their items.

The Kids Making It woodworking shop and retail store located at 15 S. Water St gets most of their funding comes from a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission, with the balance coming from the City, the County, grants from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, United Way, Landfall Foundation, Wilmington Woman’s Club, PPD, IKA, and individual, and corporate donations. As with many other organizations in these tough economic times, Kids Making It is finding it’s funding down over 20% from last year. Nsalo Salons goal this year is to raise $10,000 through our fashion show proceeds, donations, and collective efforts of our sponsors.  The sponsor donation fee is $100 and will include 2 VIP tickets and a sponsor spot in our show playbill.

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