Debut gala provides scholarships by honoring legends

Legendary hair styles

They can slay any day – they’re the hardest working men and women in the Golden Triangle hair business, and their contributions to the field, as well as the tresses of generations of Southeast Texans, are being honored in a gala style show and grand event Friday, Dec. 8, from 6- 9 p.m. at the Compro Event Center, 4155 W. Cardinal Drive in Beaumont.

Genesis Beauty Salon will host the inaugural event, dubbed the “Legends Gala Scholarship Banquet and Fashion Show,” to pay tribute to local “Legends” of the haircare and cosmetology industry while at the same time raising funds to pay for the education of newcomers to the field.

The formal event will culminate in a grand fashion show patterned after “The Evolution of Style: Coiffures of the Centuries,” featuring hairstyles of the 1920s, ’40s, ’50,’ 60s, ’70s and today. Local salons will complement the period hairstyles of yesteryear with the latest trends in clothing and accessories for today’s runway.

Genesis Beauty Salon owner and gala organizer Alesha Wells says the models and pageantry involved in the runway show will truly be a spectacular sight to behold, as guests will be treated to “a night of glitz, glamour, glory and giving.” However, even as amazing as the style show promises to be, she warned, the lineup of Legends is unmatched. Among those being honored are Georgine Guillory, Revues Beauty Salon; Pauline Carey, Pauline’s Imagination; Katy Levine, The Hair Palace; June Chavis-Williams, June’s Curl ‘N Cut; Linda Fields, The Hair Palace/Changing of the Times; Carol Chavis (retired), Changing of the Times; Pamela Thomas, former Lamar Port Arthur cosmetology coordinator; Brenda Wright, Armstrong McCall distributor; Kathy Taylor, Hair Station; Lillie Cooper, Vista College; Hank Harrington, Hank’s Hair Design; Randy “Raymond” McClain, Raymond McClain’s Barber; Tudy Duriso, hair/fashion industry/radio personality; Anthony “Kee Zee” Holmes’ retired; Russell Chew, Chew’s Beauty Supply CEO; and Sandra Sellers-Jones, EnStyle Beauty Salon, as well as Pastors John Adolph of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Kennedy Andrews of Harvest for Lost Souls, and Albert Moses of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

“We salute these ‘Legends,’ who mentored, educated and encouraged many youth throughout their careers, and now bear witness to the strong entrepreneurs and business people their mentees have become,” Wells said, adding that the proceeds from the event will continue the work already put in place by these pillars of the community – “supporting the Legends scholarship fund, sowing seeds into the youth of our community who are the next generation of entrepreneurs, continuing the cycle of positive economic development and growth in Southeast Texas.”

In addition, due the overwhelming response to the initiative to date, the Legends Gala committee has also partnered with local organizations in their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by collecting monetary donations to assist single mothers and the elderly with their post-Harvey recovery.

“The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our community has been absolutely phenomenal,” Wells said, “and we are happy to provide an avenue for people who want to give to help those in our community.”

Tickets are $50 each, and tables can be purchased for $400.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit Tickets may also be purchased in person at Genesis Beauty Salon, 3150 Fannin Street in Beaumont.