CV-TEC Cosmetology Raises Funds for North County Honor Flight

Veteran Receives Manicure by CV-TEC Cosmetology StudentCV-TEC Cosmetology held a special Spa Night to fundraise for the North Country Honor Flight last Tuesday. The stand-out star of the evening, fresh from her facial, was 95-year-old Dorothy LaClair.

“When I was working, I use to come here and get permanents,” said Dorothy, who has just settled down for a manicure with one of the cosmetology students. “She is doing very well.”

Cosmetology Spa Night raises funds for North Country Honor Flight

From L-R: CV-TEC Instructor Beverly Thwaits, Flight Leader Cynthia Nadeau of North Country Honor Flight, and US Army Nurse Corps Veteran Dorothy LaClair

What is unique about Dorothy, in her sweet sweater with cuddly bears and frosty white curls, is the North Country Honor Flight ball cap that she put on before she has her photograph taken. She is, in fact, a former Army Nurse who served during World War II along with her husband Carl LeClair. She flew on the North Country Honor Flight in 2013 to Washington DC.

Cynthia Nadeau, one of North Country Honor Flight, said it cost $15,000 to send a flight to Washington, DC with 14 local veterans, 12 guardians and a handful of flight organizers to ensure a safe trip. To commemorate his or her journey, everyone receives a hat similar to the one Dorothy is wearing in her photo, and a coat. They then have dinner at a local American Legion in Washington DC.

Cosmetology student Cellina, of Beekmantown Central School, was one of the receptionists for the evening. She greeted guests at the door and escorted them to their appointments.

CV-TEC Cosmetology Students preform massages and facials“We had class meetings to discuss if we wanted to go to a hair show but then someone mentioned the honor flight,” said Cellina, “and we thought it would be really good because we could pay for their jackets and stuff like that. Or, earn the money for them to do something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Cellina is also a member of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary and has attended the ceremonies by North Country Honor Flight in the past.

The Flight’s Director, Barrie Finnegan, sent along his gratitude, “I just wants to say thank you all the supporters of this event, the principal and office people, and Cosmetology 1 and a few girls from cosmetology 2. And all the ladies who came out tonight and the customers who came to support us.”

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