Vidal Sassoon Alumni Gathering 2014

$5,150 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 36 months
Tony Beckerman  VISTA, CA
ROBERT EDELE was one of the biggest icons of the hair industry. Robert, after a long illness, peacefully passed away last night (Oct. 12th 2013) in Ventura California. He is survived by his wife Jan and his son Sacha. Robert was the real original "Sassooner", he and Vidal were friends since childhood. Robert was responsible in starting the educational system for Vidal Sassoon in the late 1950's and early 60's. He build the schools and technical systems that many of us learned and use today. He moved to the USA in the late 1960's and became President of the Sassoon salons and academies where he inspired and taught thousands of hairdressers the VS methods of cutting. Robert brought me to the USA in early 1971 to help him build the first academy in San Francisco to train and inspire American hairdressers (and the world) into precision techniques. Robert was my lifelong friend. Without his insights, many of us may not be doing what and how we do it now. He will be greatly missed. I am setting up a fund to help his wife Jan deal with the high medical and funeral expenses. If you would like to help me in this fund, please let me know as Roberts finances were very limited. I will follow up with details on "Facebook" too as well as on this "GoFundMe" site. I have kicked off this fund with a personal check to Jan Edele for $750.00, if any of you are able to help with a smaller or larger donation, I will make sure that every penny goes to help Jan. ($5, $10, $25, $100, or more, every bit will help)
Friends, this is not charity, this is us (hairdressers) giving a helping hand in times of need to our fellow hairdressers. If you cannot afford to give, we still love you :-)
I will be donating a copy of the VIDAL SASSOON AUTOBIOGRAPHY book to the highest bidder, This book has been personally autographed by Vidal before he passed away.
All donations are welcome.

Thanks

Tony Beckerman
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Update 15
33 months ago

Thank you all for your amazing support. As promised, you are all invited to attend our 2014 Vidal Sassoon Alumni Gathering on January 25th 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, California, USA.
Please read the attached invite for details. You and your guests are personally invited.

Please reply to the link below if you will make it so we can get a rough head count.

http://www.tonybeckerman.com/contact/
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See you there...

Regards

TonyB
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Update 14
33 months ago

Hello All
It's that time of year where we all get sentimental and remember our friends and families.
Again, thanks for all your support in helping to raise money for Robert Edele's family.

As promised, I am putting together an informal VIDAL SASSOON RE-UNION on SATURDAY JANUARY 25th 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the HYATT REGENCY HOTEL in LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA located at: 200 S. Pine Ave, Long Beach, California 90802, USA.

This gathering will happen at the end of the first day of the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE Long beach) Hair Show in the atrium area of the hotel, opposite the restaurant. (signs will be up there). This is a "No Host Cash Bar".
( http://www.probeauty.org/isselb/)

Come join us, meet and chat with some of the Sassoon originals and the alumni that helped make our craft so amazing.

Mingle with the stars of our industry and the press.
Bring your friends, all are welcome, as this is a FREE event.

RSVP please to: Tony@TonyBeckerman.com or reply to this notice

Regards,
TonyB
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Update 13
34 months ago

Hello all.
I want to thank you all so very much for all of your most generous donations to Robert Edele's memorial fund. Collectively, you have made a difference in his family's life.
Our largest contributor was Fernando Romero, who I will contact and present the Vidal Sassoon autobiography book which was personally autographed by Vidal before he passed away.
I will be planning a reunion for many of the original "Sassooners" from the 1960's onwards. The venue has not yet been conformed, but it will be in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area sometime during the ISSE hair show at the end of January 2014.
YOU ARE ALL INVITED
Again, thank you so very much. My future plan is to try to create a foundation that our beauty companies can contribute to and we can use that money to help our industry friends who need a "helping hand".
As Vidal would always say, "this is not charity, this is a "bridge of help from friends""
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Update 12
35 months ago

Holy Moly! We made our goal!!!! Yeah!
You are all so awesome....thank you...thank you...thank you ...Oh, did I forget to say Thank You? :-)

I am off on vacation tonight to visit my family in Melbourne, Australia, once I return I will follow up with you all on all the details of our potential "Get Together"...

You've made my day, you've made me smile and most importantly, you've help to take some sadness away from Robert's family and have given them a new ray of hope and sunshine as we celebrate the life of Robert Edele.
I'm sure that Robert and Vidal are up there creating a few special haircut inspirations for us all to enjoy....:-)

I'll be in touch....

Fondest regards,

TonyB
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$5,150 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 36 months
Created October 12, 2013
BS
$100
Brian and Sandra Smith
34 months ago

We did not know Robert, but he helped lay the pathway that would change our profession!

ST
$50
Stacy Tanner
34 months ago
GS
$70
Gaelon Swift
35 months ago
VT
$100
Van Thomas
35 months ago
MF
$350
Marie Ferro
35 months ago
HA
$50
Henry Abell
35 months ago
BS
$10
Bob Sugamosto
35 months ago (Offline Donation)

Tony, I was in your very first class. It was for 3 days in Chicago, it was in 1971. Maurice Tidy also did a class and I attended that one too. I saw Robert Edele when I was attending the Chicago school on Rush street. Every night I would go ton the salon to watch and they even offered me to be an assistant. (What a great compliment) However, I was living in Michigan with family so couldn't move. Tony, you blew me away back then and you were so gracious and let my friend hang out while you gave us a personal tour. I wish I could donate more. God Bless Robert Edele and his family and all. Bob Sugamosto

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35 months ago
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35 months ago
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