Nikki Rudolph, owner of Salon Nicolay at 4559 Charlotte Hwy., Lake Wylie, put a twist on her grand opening event Saturday by turning it into a benefit for Bethel Volunteer Fire Department.
Rudolph and stylist Amie Nesbitt chopped 39 manes during the three-hour cut-a-thon to raise $529.
"It was needed being that their funds are low, and they are all volunteers," said Rudolph, who opened her shop Sept. 29 at Prosperity Cottage. "I wanted a grand opening that I could enjoy, and I wanted to give at mine by doing a fund-raiser at the same time."
The firefighters were appreciative of Rudolph's effort.
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"It means a lot to us because we're doing really bad this year on donations," said volunteer firefighter Greg Williams. "We love doing things like this."
Event sponsors, Lake Wylie Tax Service and Bookkeeping and Express Mobile Detailing, also helped by providing gifts for a raffle -- with the drawing to be held Wednesday. The event also included free food, popcorn, face paintings and the chance to check out a fire truck.
For more information about the salon, call 803-831-0402.