|The Hair Theater Fund
HOW TO QUALIFY
Women and girls who are served by hospitals in the Central Ohio area are eligible for assistance from The Hair Theater Fund at The Columbus Foundation. The Fund is designed to assist patients, who are experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy and are in financial need, buy wigs and/or hats. The oncology nurse, social worker, or American Cancer Society makes the referral call to one of three wig shops: Over My Head, Hope’s Boutique, or Jan’s Place.
WHO ARE THE HAIRNETS, THE CHIPPENHAIR DANCERS, AND THE BOBBY PINS? AND WHY ARE THEY SO BELOVED?
The philanthropic shows require many talented, smart, and funny people to pull them together. At each of the fundraising shows about 25 people help create the event. The HAIRNETS are the women who work on the show with registration, seating, raffle sales, information, and show antics. Our good men are the CHIPPENHAIR DANCERS. They work on the show with music, sound, food, and raffle but also perform their internationally known (some people in Canada know about this part) dance routine in fancy red bow ties. Our BOBBY PINS are our kids and they help too. All of these groups assist showgirl, Pat Wynn Brown.
HISTORY OF THE FUND AND HOSPITALS AND WIG SHOPS INVOLVED
HAIR THEATER is a humorous, chit-chat performance piece conceived, written, performed and owned by Patricia Wynn Brown. The first season (2000-2001) of shows were performed by four actresses, Pat Wynn Brown, Kathleen Evans, Terrie Abel, and Allison O‘Grady. In the 2001-2002 season, HAIR THEATER was performed by two actresses, Pat Wynn Brown and Terrie Abel, with profits being contributed to a wig/hat fund we established at OVER MY HEAD (a wig/hat shop), with owner Carol Hoyt.
By the third season (2002-2003), in addition to Pat’s independent Edgeville Production commercial shows of HAIR THEATER, the philanthropic Moretti’s of Arlington shows began on Sept. 22, 2002. At these shows, Tim and Ellen Moretti, Carol Hoyt, Pat, the volunteer HAIRNETS (women), the volunteer CHIPPENHAIR DANCERS (men), the BOBBY PINS (our kids), our benefactors, and the sold out audiences helped bring the HAIR THEATER fundraising shows to life.
Monies come from the fundraising shows, a percentage of all of Pat’s commercial shows, private donations, and HAIR THEATER t-shirt and bandanna sales ($2 per item sold). The fund has been housed at The Columbus Foundation since February 2003.
The Hair Theater Fund was expanded beginning in the spring of 2003 when Grant/Riverside hospitals became a fund recipient for their patients in need. They were quickly followed by Mt. Carmel/St. Ann’s, and then the James at OSU Hospital. Children’s Hospital came on board in May, 2004. Presently, three wig shops receive needed Hair Theater Fund monies based on referrals from those hospitals. The wig shops are: Over My Head, Jan’s Place, and Hope’s Boutique.
To contribute to the fund: www.columbusfoundation.org