<p>The honorees pictured at the runway event. From left:&nbsp;Debbie Loss Rimler of Northport; Aracelis Vanek of East Northport; Ronit Birns of Plainview; Blanca Nolasco of Huntington; Anthony DeFranco, owner of Anthony DeFranco Salon &amp; Spa; Ken Richter, co-owner of MIEKA Boutique; Angela Ruggeri of Westbury; Linda Nuszen of Patchogue; Korrine Weil of Plainview; Andrea Jones of Bellmore; and Mara Navaretta of Woodbury.</p>

The honorees pictured at the runway event. From left: Debbie Loss Rimler of Northport; Aracelis Vanek of East Northport; Ronit Birns of Plainview; Blanca Nolasco of Huntington; Anthony DeFranco, owner of Anthony DeFranco Salon & Spa; Ken Richter, co-owner of MIEKA Boutique; Angela Ruggeri of Westbury; Linda Nuszen of Patchogue; Korrine Weil of Plainview; Andrea Jones of Bellmore; and Mara Navaretta of Woodbury.

<p>Blanca Nolasco, has been a loyal staff member at Anthony DeFranco Salon for 20 years. She is an incredible woman who has battled cancer several times during the years she has worked with Anthony. During these challenging periods, she always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Blanca is a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who is dedicated to her family and her job. She always gives her clients the attention that they need to ensure they have a wonderful experience, even when she is personally facing challenges. She is a true team player who never says no and is the first to offer assistance when it is needed. Her strength and positivity show everyone that life is worth living and celebrating.</p>

Blanca Nolasco, has been a loyal staff member at Anthony DeFranco Salon for 20 years. She is an incredible woman who has battled cancer several times during the years she has worked with Anthony. During these challenging periods, she always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Blanca is a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who is dedicated to her family and her job. She always gives her clients the attention that they need to ensure they have a wonderful experience, even when she is personally facing challenges. She is a true team player who never says no and is the first to offer assistance when it is needed. Her strength and positivity show everyone that life is worth living and celebrating.

<p>Andrea Jones has focused her life on helping others. She has demonstrated this as a mother raising now-grown sons, volunteering her time in the past at her local Mother&#39;s Center, being a mentor with the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation or supporting friends.</p>

<p>She enjoys inspiring and assisting others to develop their talents and skills including advising the junior members of her marketing team where she works.&nbsp; She looks forward to continuing to be a mentor for those she works with and trusted friend to those who face challenges.</p>

Andrea Jones has focused her life on helping others. She has demonstrated this as a mother raising now-grown sons, volunteering her time in the past at her local Mother's Center, being a mentor with the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation or supporting friends.

She enjoys inspiring and assisting others to develop their talents and skills including advising the junior members of her marketing team where she works.  She looks forward to continuing to be a mentor for those she works with and trusted friend to those who face challenges.

<p>Debbie Loss Rimler&nbsp;is the Executive Director of Tri Community and Youth Agency, a non-profit agency serving youth ages 5 to 21 in Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. For 31 years, she has championed the organization&rsquo;s mission to provide educational, recreational, cultural, counseling and advocacy services to youth and their families. She assisted with large programs such as a Backpack and School Supply Give Away and Project T.O.Y., which serves over 1,000 families in economic need during the holidays. She works selflessly to provide a safe space and guidance, food and the feeling of family to those who need it most. Debbie&rsquo;s commitment to her community makes it a better place to live. She is an inspiration to all.</p>

Debbie Loss Rimler is the Executive Director of Tri Community and Youth Agency, a non-profit agency serving youth ages 5 to 21 in Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. For 31 years, she has championed the organization’s mission to provide educational, recreational, cultural, counseling and advocacy services to youth and their families. She assisted with large programs such as a Backpack and School Supply Give Away and Project T.O.Y., which serves over 1,000 families in economic need during the holidays. She works selflessly to provide a safe space and guidance, food and the feeling of family to those who need it most. Debbie’s commitment to her community makes it a better place to live. She is an inspiration to all.

<p>Linda Nuszen (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) is the founder of Beading Hearts, a group of mothers who have lost a child to a drug overdose in either Nassau and Suffolk counties. Linda has created a safe environment for mothers to support each other during weekly meetings. The Beading Hearts members also visit mothers in sober homes, rehabs and even jails. She shares stories of hope, reflection and promise while making inspirational beads with them. The mothers in Beading Hearts are &ldquo;broken open&rdquo; and learning how to embrace a new life by letting some light in. Linda is that light during dark personal times.</p>

Linda Nuszen (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) is the founder of Beading Hearts, a group of mothers who have lost a child to a drug overdose in either Nassau and Suffolk counties. Linda has created a safe environment for mothers to support each other during weekly meetings. The Beading Hearts members also visit mothers in sober homes, rehabs and even jails. She shares stories of hope, reflection and promise while making inspirational beads with them. The mothers in Beading Hearts are “broken open” and learning how to embrace a new life by letting some light in. Linda is that light during dark personal times.

<p>Aracelis Vanek is a wife and dedicated mother of an autistic child. She is patient, loving and always available and supportive of members of the family and her friends. She works in the title insurance sector and her friends and family describe her as &ldquo;a gift.&rdquo; She is known for her compassion and taking extraordinary actions to help and support her family and friends. Her actions and personal example are an inspiration for others.</p>

Aracelis Vanek is a wife and dedicated mother of an autistic child. She is patient, loving and always available and supportive of members of the family and her friends. She works in the title insurance sector and her friends and family describe her as “a gift.” She is known for her compassion and taking extraordinary actions to help and support her family and friends. Her actions and personal example are an inspiration for others.

<p>Mara Navaretta is an inspiring entrepreneur and founder of Homes By Mara Realty. The company, founded in 2010, is headquartered in Syosset and now has over 60 agents and closes over $100 million in sales annually. Mara&rsquo;s community participation includes work with Blanca&rsquo;s House, the Ashley Wade Foundation pajama drive and a hurricane collection drive. She also supports North Shore Animal League and Children&rsquo;s Brain Tumor Foundation. Her commitment to her community, leadership in business and professionalism are an inspiration for her family, her team and young women across Long Island.&nbsp;</p>

Mara Navaretta is an inspiring entrepreneur and founder of Homes By Mara Realty. The company, founded in 2010, is headquartered in Syosset and now has over 60 agents and closes over $100 million in sales annually. Mara’s community participation includes work with Blanca’s House, the Ashley Wade Foundation pajama drive and a hurricane collection drive. She also supports North Shore Animal League and Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Her commitment to her community, leadership in business and professionalism are an inspiration for her family, her team and young women across Long Island. 

<p>A few years ago, Korrine Weil&rsquo;s family faced major health issues; her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her daughter was hospitalized with a serious Illness. Sadly, their daughter passed away. Her husband&rsquo;s MS progressed and now he is housebound. Korrine is her husband&rsquo;s primary caregiver; helping him in and out of his wheelchair and bed is physically exhausting. Physical therapy was needed to treat her injured shoulder and back. Despite these monumental personal challenges, Korrine is happy to do small errands for her neighbors, such as picking up some groceries. This inspiring woman takes little time for herself, devoting it instead to those she loves.</p>

A few years ago, Korrine Weil’s family faced major health issues; her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her daughter was hospitalized with a serious Illness. Sadly, their daughter passed away. Her husband’s MS progressed and now he is housebound. Korrine is her husband’s primary caregiver; helping him in and out of his wheelchair and bed is physically exhausting. Physical therapy was needed to treat her injured shoulder and back. Despite these monumental personal challenges, Korrine is happy to do small errands for her neighbors, such as picking up some groceries. This inspiring woman takes little time for herself, devoting it instead to those she loves.

<p>In 2001, Ronit Birns was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Ever since then, she has devoted herself to raising money and awareness in the fight against the disease and to help others. As captain of the MS Walk Team RoRoRo, she raised over $500,000. She knows how stressful and challenging it is to live with MS. She remains upbeat and positive and is always willing to offer advice, comfort and support to those who are newly diagnosed with MS. She is a loving wife, mother, friend, and advocate who always puts others before herself. This inspiring woman is truly a &ldquo;warrior&rdquo; for a cause and respected member of her community.</p>

In 2001, Ronit Birns was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Ever since then, she has devoted herself to raising money and awareness in the fight against the disease and to help others. As captain of the MS Walk Team RoRoRo, she raised over $500,000. She knows how stressful and challenging it is to live with MS. She remains upbeat and positive and is always willing to offer advice, comfort and support to those who are newly diagnosed with MS. She is a loving wife, mother, friend, and advocate who always puts others before herself. This inspiring woman is truly a “warrior” for a cause and respected member of her community.

<p>Suzanne Chimera (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) co-founded Hair We Share, an organization that provides free custom-made donated human hair wigs to those suffering from medical hair loss. Suzanne was passionate about helping others and she contacted an 18-year-old girl diagnosed with leukemia to offer assistance. Before the young woman&rsquo;s prom and graduation, Suzanne gave her a wig that looked like her own hair before she lost it to chemotherapy treatments. This led to the girl&rsquo;s mother becoming a Hair We Share board member and volunteer. Suzanne takes no pay for her tireless efforts. She runs events, solicits pony tail donations and monetary donations and works directly with recipients. Her heartfelt and inspiring work is making a difference in the lives of many.</p>

Suzanne Chimera (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) co-founded Hair We Share, an organization that provides free custom-made donated human hair wigs to those suffering from medical hair loss. Suzanne was passionate about helping others and she contacted an 18-year-old girl diagnosed with leukemia to offer assistance. Before the young woman’s prom and graduation, Suzanne gave her a wig that looked like her own hair before she lost it to chemotherapy treatments. This led to the girl’s mother becoming a Hair We Share board member and volunteer. Suzanne takes no pay for her tireless efforts. She runs events, solicits pony tail donations and monetary donations and works directly with recipients. Her heartfelt and inspiring work is making a difference in the lives of many.

<p>Angela Ruggeri has been battling Cystic Fibrosis for 33 years and does so with grace. During medical treatments and hospital stays, she drew upon her inner strength and never gave up her fight. For years she has used her life as an example and her story to help and inspire others. She founded Breathe Believe to give hope and much needed support to those with Cystic Fibrosis who were less fortunate than her. Angela is committed to giving back to her community through Breathe Believe, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a shining light of home and inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing her.</p>

Angela Ruggeri has been battling Cystic Fibrosis for 33 years and does so with grace. During medical treatments and hospital stays, she drew upon her inner strength and never gave up her fight. For years she has used her life as an example and her story to help and inspire others. She founded Breathe Believe to give hope and much needed support to those with Cystic Fibrosis who were less fortunate than her. Angela is committed to giving back to her community through Breathe Believe, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a shining light of home and inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing her.

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<p>The honorees pictured at the runway event. From left:&nbsp;Debbie Loss Rimler of Northport; Aracelis Vanek of East Northport; Ronit Birns of Plainview; Blanca Nolasco of Huntington; Anthony DeFranco, owner of Anthony DeFranco Salon &amp; Spa; Ken Richter, co-owner of MIEKA Boutique; Angela Ruggeri of Westbury; Linda Nuszen of Patchogue; Korrine Weil of Plainview; Andrea Jones of Bellmore; and Mara Navaretta of Woodbury.</p>
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The honorees pictured at the runway event. From left: Debbie Loss Rimler of Northport; Aracelis Vanek of East Northport; Ronit Birns of Plainview; Blanca Nolasco of Huntington; Anthony DeFranco, owner of Anthony DeFranco Salon & Spa; Ken Richter, co-owner of MIEKA Boutique; Angela Ruggeri of Westbury; Linda Nuszen of Patchogue; Korrine Weil of Plainview; Andrea Jones of Bellmore; and Mara Navaretta of Woodbury.

<p>Blanca Nolasco, has been a loyal staff member at Anthony DeFranco Salon for 20 years. She is an incredible woman who has battled cancer several times during the years she has worked with Anthony. During these challenging periods, she always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Blanca is a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who is dedicated to her family and her job. She always gives her clients the attention that they need to ensure they have a wonderful experience, even when she is personally facing challenges. She is a true team player who never says no and is the first to offer assistance when it is needed. Her strength and positivity show everyone that life is worth living and celebrating.</p>
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Blanca Nolasco, has been a loyal staff member at Anthony DeFranco Salon for 20 years. She is an incredible woman who has battled cancer several times during the years she has worked with Anthony. During these challenging periods, she always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Blanca is a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who is dedicated to her family and her job. She always gives her clients the attention that they need to ensure they have a wonderful experience, even when she is personally facing challenges. She is a true team player who never says no and is the first to offer assistance when it is needed. Her strength and positivity show everyone that life is worth living and celebrating.

<p>Andrea Jones has focused her life on helping others. She has demonstrated this as a mother raising now-grown sons, volunteering her time in the past at her local Mother&#39;s Center, being a mentor with the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation or supporting friends.</p>

<p>She enjoys inspiring and assisting others to develop their talents and skills including advising the junior members of her marketing team where she works.&nbsp; She looks forward to continuing to be a mentor for those she works with and trusted friend to those who face challenges.</p>
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Andrea Jones has focused her life on helping others. She has demonstrated this as a mother raising now-grown sons, volunteering her time in the past at her local Mother's Center, being a mentor with the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation or supporting friends.

She enjoys inspiring and assisting others to develop their talents and skills including advising the junior members of her marketing team where she works.  She looks forward to continuing to be a mentor for those she works with and trusted friend to those who face challenges.

<p>Debbie Loss Rimler&nbsp;is the Executive Director of Tri Community and Youth Agency, a non-profit agency serving youth ages 5 to 21 in Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. For 31 years, she has championed the organization&rsquo;s mission to provide educational, recreational, cultural, counseling and advocacy services to youth and their families. She assisted with large programs such as a Backpack and School Supply Give Away and Project T.O.Y., which serves over 1,000 families in economic need during the holidays. She works selflessly to provide a safe space and guidance, food and the feeling of family to those who need it most. Debbie&rsquo;s commitment to her community makes it a better place to live. She is an inspiration to all.</p>
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Debbie Loss Rimler is the Executive Director of Tri Community and Youth Agency, a non-profit agency serving youth ages 5 to 21 in Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. For 31 years, she has championed the organization’s mission to provide educational, recreational, cultural, counseling and advocacy services to youth and their families. She assisted with large programs such as a Backpack and School Supply Give Away and Project T.O.Y., which serves over 1,000 families in economic need during the holidays. She works selflessly to provide a safe space and guidance, food and the feeling of family to those who need it most. Debbie’s commitment to her community makes it a better place to live. She is an inspiration to all.

<p>Linda Nuszen (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) is the founder of Beading Hearts, a group of mothers who have lost a child to a drug overdose in either Nassau and Suffolk counties. Linda has created a safe environment for mothers to support each other during weekly meetings. The Beading Hearts members also visit mothers in sober homes, rehabs and even jails. She shares stories of hope, reflection and promise while making inspirational beads with them. The mothers in Beading Hearts are &ldquo;broken open&rdquo; and learning how to embrace a new life by letting some light in. Linda is that light during dark personal times.</p>
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Linda Nuszen (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) is the founder of Beading Hearts, a group of mothers who have lost a child to a drug overdose in either Nassau and Suffolk counties. Linda has created a safe environment for mothers to support each other during weekly meetings. The Beading Hearts members also visit mothers in sober homes, rehabs and even jails. She shares stories of hope, reflection and promise while making inspirational beads with them. The mothers in Beading Hearts are “broken open” and learning how to embrace a new life by letting some light in. Linda is that light during dark personal times.

<p>Aracelis Vanek is a wife and dedicated mother of an autistic child. She is patient, loving and always available and supportive of members of the family and her friends. She works in the title insurance sector and her friends and family describe her as &ldquo;a gift.&rdquo; She is known for her compassion and taking extraordinary actions to help and support her family and friends. Her actions and personal example are an inspiration for others.</p>
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Aracelis Vanek is a wife and dedicated mother of an autistic child. She is patient, loving and always available and supportive of members of the family and her friends. She works in the title insurance sector and her friends and family describe her as “a gift.” She is known for her compassion and taking extraordinary actions to help and support her family and friends. Her actions and personal example are an inspiration for others.

<p>Mara Navaretta is an inspiring entrepreneur and founder of Homes By Mara Realty. The company, founded in 2010, is headquartered in Syosset and now has over 60 agents and closes over $100 million in sales annually. Mara&rsquo;s community participation includes work with Blanca&rsquo;s House, the Ashley Wade Foundation pajama drive and a hurricane collection drive. She also supports North Shore Animal League and Children&rsquo;s Brain Tumor Foundation. Her commitment to her community, leadership in business and professionalism are an inspiration for her family, her team and young women across Long Island.&nbsp;</p>
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Mara Navaretta is an inspiring entrepreneur and founder of Homes By Mara Realty. The company, founded in 2010, is headquartered in Syosset and now has over 60 agents and closes over $100 million in sales annually. Mara’s community participation includes work with Blanca’s House, the Ashley Wade Foundation pajama drive and a hurricane collection drive. She also supports North Shore Animal League and Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Her commitment to her community, leadership in business and professionalism are an inspiration for her family, her team and young women across Long Island. 

<p>A few years ago, Korrine Weil&rsquo;s family faced major health issues; her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her daughter was hospitalized with a serious Illness. Sadly, their daughter passed away. Her husband&rsquo;s MS progressed and now he is housebound. Korrine is her husband&rsquo;s primary caregiver; helping him in and out of his wheelchair and bed is physically exhausting. Physical therapy was needed to treat her injured shoulder and back. Despite these monumental personal challenges, Korrine is happy to do small errands for her neighbors, such as picking up some groceries. This inspiring woman takes little time for herself, devoting it instead to those she loves.</p>
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A few years ago, Korrine Weil’s family faced major health issues; her husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her daughter was hospitalized with a serious Illness. Sadly, their daughter passed away. Her husband’s MS progressed and now he is housebound. Korrine is her husband’s primary caregiver; helping him in and out of his wheelchair and bed is physically exhausting. Physical therapy was needed to treat her injured shoulder and back. Despite these monumental personal challenges, Korrine is happy to do small errands for her neighbors, such as picking up some groceries. This inspiring woman takes little time for herself, devoting it instead to those she loves.

<p>In 2001, Ronit Birns was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Ever since then, she has devoted herself to raising money and awareness in the fight against the disease and to help others. As captain of the MS Walk Team RoRoRo, she raised over $500,000. She knows how stressful and challenging it is to live with MS. She remains upbeat and positive and is always willing to offer advice, comfort and support to those who are newly diagnosed with MS. She is a loving wife, mother, friend, and advocate who always puts others before herself. This inspiring woman is truly a &ldquo;warrior&rdquo; for a cause and respected member of her community.</p>
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In 2001, Ronit Birns was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Ever since then, she has devoted herself to raising money and awareness in the fight against the disease and to help others. As captain of the MS Walk Team RoRoRo, she raised over $500,000. She knows how stressful and challenging it is to live with MS. She remains upbeat and positive and is always willing to offer advice, comfort and support to those who are newly diagnosed with MS. She is a loving wife, mother, friend, and advocate who always puts others before herself. This inspiring woman is truly a “warrior” for a cause and respected member of her community.

<p>Suzanne Chimera (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) co-founded Hair We Share, an organization that provides free custom-made donated human hair wigs to those suffering from medical hair loss. Suzanne was passionate about helping others and she contacted an 18-year-old girl diagnosed with leukemia to offer assistance. Before the young woman&rsquo;s prom and graduation, Suzanne gave her a wig that looked like her own hair before she lost it to chemotherapy treatments. This led to the girl&rsquo;s mother becoming a Hair We Share board member and volunteer. Suzanne takes no pay for her tireless efforts. She runs events, solicits pony tail donations and monetary donations and works directly with recipients. Her heartfelt and inspiring work is making a difference in the lives of many.</p>
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Suzanne Chimera (Pictured with Anthony DeFranco) co-founded Hair We Share, an organization that provides free custom-made donated human hair wigs to those suffering from medical hair loss. Suzanne was passionate about helping others and she contacted an 18-year-old girl diagnosed with leukemia to offer assistance. Before the young woman’s prom and graduation, Suzanne gave her a wig that looked like her own hair before she lost it to chemotherapy treatments. This led to the girl’s mother becoming a Hair We Share board member and volunteer. Suzanne takes no pay for her tireless efforts. She runs events, solicits pony tail donations and monetary donations and works directly with recipients. Her heartfelt and inspiring work is making a difference in the lives of many.

<p>Angela Ruggeri has been battling Cystic Fibrosis for 33 years and does so with grace. During medical treatments and hospital stays, she drew upon her inner strength and never gave up her fight. For years she has used her life as an example and her story to help and inspire others. She founded Breathe Believe to give hope and much needed support to those with Cystic Fibrosis who were less fortunate than her. Angela is committed to giving back to her community through Breathe Believe, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a shining light of home and inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing her.</p>
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Angela Ruggeri has been battling Cystic Fibrosis for 33 years and does so with grace. During medical treatments and hospital stays, she drew upon her inner strength and never gave up her fight. For years she has used her life as an example and her story to help and inspire others. She founded Breathe Believe to give hope and much needed support to those with Cystic Fibrosis who were less fortunate than her. Angela is committed to giving back to her community through Breathe Believe, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is a shining light of home and inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing her.

To celebrate its 30th year in business on Long Island, the Anthony DeFranco Salon and Spa (SALON TODAY’s 1st Runner Up in the 2019 Salons of the Year) found a unique way to express its gratitude to the community and its clients. Owner Anthony DeFranco, an entrepreneur and respected beauty and hair styling innovator, honored and celebrated ten inspiration women who have faced and overcome personal challenges or who had given back selflessly to the community. (Flip through the slideshow above to read each of their stories.)

Each of the inspiring women received a total head-to-toe day of beauty where DeFranco and his team spent time with each, pampering and enhancing their natural beauty through hair color, styling, makeup and nails.

“I was blessed with wonderful mentors and others who inspired me and supported my entrepreneurial dreams. Recognizing these women was our way of giving back to the community that supports us every day,” says DeFranco. “My team and I applied our years of experience and skills to make these extraordinary women feel special; they deserve recognition for all they do in the lives of others. Our mission statement is ‘beautiful hair is not everything, it’s the only thing’ and our vision is to create and provide every client with an exceptional look that makes them feel beautiful, confident and individually unique. Each of these women looked great and it was our privilege to do something special for them,” said Anthony DeFranco.

The deserving women participated in a special ceremony at the newly renovated Anthony DeFranco Salon in Huntington Station, NY. DeFranco and his team shared the inspiring stories of each honoree as they walked down the red carpet. Each honoree wore a gown or cocktail dress donated by MIEKA Boutique of Woodbury and Greenville. Local dignitaries, including Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland, Suffolk County Legislator Thomas Donnelly, Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Spencer, and Bob Lopez, representing the office of NY State Sen. James Gaughran, presented DeFranco and the honorees with citations for their contributions to the community.

“Providing dresses and gowns to these remarkable women allowed them to express themselves and feel special. This event gave us the opportunity to recognize to those who selflessly help others. Their stories of loss, struggle and triumph have touched my wife Karen and me deeply,” said Ken Richter, co-owner of MIEKA Boutique.

Anthony DeFranco opened his Huntington Station Salon 30 years ago, and he became recognized as a national leader and innovator in hair styling and beauty. Today, he has a staff of more than 50 and a new location in Plainview. DeFranco believes in mentoring and developing local talent, and he and his team members support many local charities and causes.  from here on Long Island. He and team at both of his locations support many local charities and causes.