Over $10,000 was raised at the NYIB “Great Gatsby” Beauty Competition and Gala held on Long Island this weekend to benefit autism awareness, according to a press release on Monday from Bridget O’Brien PR and Events.
The sold-out, Gatsby-themed hair and beauty competition was held at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst on Friday evening, sponsored by the New York Institute of Beauty, the Long Island Beauty School, MUD, the Make Up Designory, and OPI, among others, to raise autism awareness.
Each year the New York Institute of Beauty and Long Island Beauty School host a makeup, hair and nails competition to support and raise money on behalf of Team Jack, Autism Speaks, the Long Island Chapter. This year, the NYIB Make Up Team organized the Beauty Gala Event with a “Great Gatsby” theme. Guests were encouraged to dress accordingly as it was held the weekend before Halloween.
“Great Gatsby” partygoers were treated to a cocktail hour, a buffet dinner, raffles, an amazing performance by the Wild Cherryz burlesque dancers, and a red carpet appearance from Long Island’s own, singer Nick Tangorra.
Drag Super Star Xtah C Extraordinaire was the guest celebrity judge of the hair and beauty competition for beauty school students. The winners, seen below, received trophies and cash prizes.
Winners of the Makeup Competition sponsored by MUD, the Make Up Designory
- First Place: Jessica West-Nigro of Long Island Beauty School in Hauppauge.
- Second Place: Lauren McKee of Long Island Beauty School in Hauppauge.
- Third Place: Monique Norwich of Long Island Beauty School in Hauppauge.
- Fan Favorite for Makeup: Kristy Delaney of New York Institute of Beauty in Islandia.
Winners of the Nail Competition Sponsored by OPI
- First Place: Nicole Ragoonath of New York Institute of Beauty in Islandia.
- Second Place: Angela Valladares of New York Institute of Beauty in Islandia.
- Third Place Tie: Megan Fricke and Valeen Kalimootoo, both of Long Island Beauty School in Hauppauge.
Winners of the Hair Competition sponsored by Wella School Systems, Symbiotic Salon Systems, Burmax, and Design Essentials
- First Place: Ashley Vessa of Long Island Beauty School in Hauppauge.
- Second Place: Mirlene Virgle of Long Island Beauty School in Hempstead.
- Third Place: Sara Rios of Long Island Beauty School in Hempstead.
The NYIB Great Gatsby themed Beauty Competition and Gala raised and donated $10,300 for autism awareness.
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