KS Gives Back
As a business owner giving back when you believe in something or want to pay it forward is extremely important (and it feels good too). These are a few of the charities I support. I encourage you to try it... and you might just get hooked giving back too!
In honor of her best friend Nicole who passed away from Leukemia in 2011, Kara gives the gift of permanent makeup to one cancer survivor each month.
Since 2016 she has gifted 50 deserving women, empowering them in their journey of recovery and life after cancer. A total of $50,000 to survivors and counting. If you would like to nominate a deserving survivor, please email their story and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(current clients and self nominations are not applicable)
(yearly color boosts are not included)
At Shriners Burn Center in Galveston, TX countless families visit and live at the hospital while their children are receiving the best burn care available and they are not monetarily responsible for this care up to the age of 18. Each February a foundation that Kara works with puts on a Valentine's Dance for all of the children who are unable to leave the hospital or go to dances at their schools due to the rigorous care they are under.
Kara has worked with kids from all over the world in this program, many of which have undergone at least 18 surgeries in their short time since their accident. Kara volunteers each year providing hair and makeup for children attending the dance. She is the only vendor to return 4 years in a row and makes the 10 hour round trip drive every year to be apart of this amazing charity event.
In 2017 Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Irma (category 3) then shortly after decimated by Hurricane Maria (category 5). The second hurricane left 95% of the island without power, water and killing at least 10 people. With communication lines down and roads distroyed it has been nearly impossible to get much needed supplies from the port to areas in need. For every microblade booked in October, Kara donated $100 resulting in an undisclosed amount.
Through a partnership with Sephora Rice Village Houston, Kara was able to participate by providing children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses from 2013-2015 teaching basic makeup and brow techniques that can make young ladies feel a little spoiled while they are fighting for their lives or just trying to look like their schoolmates.
In 2017 Houston was hit by the worst hurricane to make landfall since 2005. Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over 4 days resulting in floods that displaced more than 30,000 people. With damage of over $70 billion the relief efforts are far from over. Austin Pets Alive rescued over 3,000 pets and continue to care for more than 2,000. Houston SPCA took in over 300 pets and allowed owners to visit regularly since most shelters did not allow them to stay together. We raised $800 in donating the deposit from each microblading over two days.
ANIMAL RESCUE GROUPS
Kara (and her dog Maverick) work with various groups ranging from SPCA Orlando, Houston and Austin Pets Alive raising money, volunteering and supporting where the greatest needs are. She also visits the Gentle Barn in CA where animals of all genres are taken/rescued and given a wonderful home to live out the rest of their lives safe from abuse, malnutrition and harsh circumstances.
For Christmas 2018 we accepted donations for our fur friends staying at APA before they find their forever families. In exchange for every $30+ donation, Kara gave a FREE Brow Shaping ($65) in the month of January and surprised one lucky donor with Kara's Signature Brow ($850) because she was blown away by the donation that was given.
September 2019 and April 2022 we proudly sponsored You Grill Girl, an inaugural all female grilling event held at Franklin's BBQ, hosted by Les Dames D'Escoffier with Whole Foods. This event raised $50,000 for women in culinary fields through scholarships and stipends. The Austin Chapter is made of 110 women and since 2003 they have raised $85,000 for educating on culinary excellence and entrepreneurship.
Since Kara's soulmate was diagnosed with Cancer 3 years ago, she has watched as pet parents had to make the difficult decision to put their furbaby down if they couldn't afford treatment. She decided that she wanted to help those less fortunate than her 16-year-old puppy Maverick and give others the same fighting chance that he's been given so in 2020 we created the #TEAMMAVERICK tee. 100% of the profits go in the Maverick Fund to sponsor a pup in need at Heart of Texas Specialty Veterinary Clinic. Pop over to our shop and pick yours up today - child sizes and adult XS-3X are available with free shipping.
BACK THE BLUE
In 2020 as the world watched the violent riots and attacks on Police officers across the nation Kara felt helpless so it was time to do something to support those that risk their lives to protect us every day. Kara has 4 Police officers in her family, the youngest won Officer of the Year in Michigan in 2021 so 100% of every deposit taken for 3 straight months was donated to the officers brutally attacked, in total, she was able to give $4,750.
HONORING THE 13 SOLDIERS
In August 2021 when our US Military was attacked in Afghanistan it really hit home for Kara. She is the wife of a former Army Ranger and the Godmother to an Army Combat Medic so for the entire month of September, we donated a portion of every permanent makeup deposit to help the families of the 13 US soldiers killed on that horrible day.
In May 2022 we proudly sponsored and donated to an annual event, Art Bra Austin raising money for BCRC which helps Central Texans affected by breast cancer in overcoming obstacles related to accessing screening and treatment services, adhering to treatment plans, and confronting the issues that erode the quality of life.
We believe no one should face breast cancer alone and we are proud to be part of a fun event showcasing survivors in such an artful and unique way.