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Project Graduation in Style at Panico Salon

Well-attended annual Cut-A-Thon benefits senior party.

West Caldwell's Panico Salon and Spa held the annual Cut-A-Thon fundraiser Tuesday for James Caldwell High School. All of the proceeds from the event benefited the high school's Project Graduation.

"Project Graduation is a nationally recognized program that teaches students to have fun without being under the influence of alcohol or drugs," Caldwell High's Project Graduation co-chairwoman Lisa Hertzberg said. "It culminates in a party on graduation night that is alcohol free."

Staff of the Panico Salon and Spa were pleased to assist Project Graduation, which has a goal of raising $20,000 for the senior event.

Salon owner Tom Harris, who has hosted the Cut-A-Thon for 12 years, said "it's a great cause and we'll do anything to help and support the local high schools."

Samantha Bivona, one of the many Panico stylists who participated, said "Project Graduation has proved to be extremely successful and can potentially save lives."

People of all ages came to Panico to support the fundraiser. Theresa King, whose daughter is a sophomore at Caldwell High School, said she would "do anything to support the school and it's great that the salon donates its time."

Caldwell High juniors Erin Hill and Jessica Brand enjoyed the event. According to Brand, "the money goes to a good cause and it prevents drinking, which is always a plus."

Hill added, " it's a good way to have the seniors together on their last night of high school."

At 3 p.m., the salon was filled with participants and Harris expected the crowd to increase until closing at 7 p.m. 

Lauren Marazzi is a student at Mount St. Dominic Academy and is part of the school's internship program with The Caldwells Patch.

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