By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
With snips of their scissors and strokes of their brushes, Patrick Lomantini and Zach DiBella spent the day Wednesday raising money for Enid SPCA.
Lomantini, owner of a salon in Wichita, Kan., and DiBella, a stylist from Idaho Falls, Idaho, have combed, curled and cut a path through 49 states to raise awareness and money for animal shelters across the country.
Customers came to B Renued Salon and Day Spa to have the stylists work on their hair and make donations of $20 or more. Their donations were given to Enid SPCA to support its ongoing work.
This is the third year Lomantini has undertaken his Bark Aid “50 State Tour,” and his Oklahoma stop has been in Enid each of the three years.
As Lomantini designed a new “do” for Waukomis resident Susanne Skoda, he said turnout and donations at the previous 48 states on his whirlwind tour of the country were good this year.
“We’re on pace to do just shy of 2,000 haircuts on this tour, but our donation levels have tripled,” Lomantini said. “We’ve had places where people have donated $1,000.”
DiBella came along this year because Lomantini invited him before setting off 50 days ago.
“He asked me on Facebook,” DiBella said as he busily snipped a donor’s hair.
Since the cause is a good one, DiBella decided to help.
Lomantini said although he can work his scissors and brushes on people, he could never do what the operators of animal shelters do. Bringing in homeless, sometimes sickly or injured, often dirty animals off the streets and cleaning them up, treating what ails them and finding them homes isn’t a glamorous thing, Lomantini said.
Mindy Ging, owner of B Renued, said she was happy to host Lomantini and DiBella’s Enid stop.
“I was honored, because it’s a good cause,” Ging said. “We did free haircuts for the community last year as a Christmas present.”