Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
Gene Juarez Academy, 6007-A 244th St. S.W., is conducting a fundraiser for the Mountlake Terrace family of Mike Watson on Sunday, April 28. Students at the academy will be performing haircuts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a $10 donation, with all proceeds going to the Watson family.
Mike Watson passed away last August at age 48 from a heart attack.The 1982 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School was involved in community youth and high school sports. He is survived by his wife Kellie, who is fighting uterine cancer, and two daughters Kayla and Kelsey.
The Gene Juarez Academy opened its doors in late January after moving to Mountlake Terrace from North Seattle.
“Our schools participate regularly in community outreach events where our staff and students donate their time and services,” said Megan West, the salon’s Assistant Vice President of Education. “We are new to the Mountlake Terrace area, so we are looking at ways of being involved in our local community and getting to know our neighbors.”
The academy is normally closed on Sundays, but will open for this fundraiser event for anyone wanting a haircut for a $10 donation, West said. “We want this event to be a huge success and have handed out information to our nearby business neighbors, as well as communicating it to the guests of the school,” she added.
Gene Juarez Salons is involved in various charity work, including fundraising every October for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “We believe very highly in giving back to the communities in which we do business and work very hard during the training program to instill that value system in our students,” West stated.
More information on the fundraiser can be found on Facebook.