Free Makeovers for Military Wives at Salon 34
Turkish Business Does Goodwill Gesture for American Troops
By Skip Sheffield
It’s tough being a soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq, but what about the wives back home?
That’s exactly what Salon 34 owner Ali Batibay wondered. Now he is doing something about it at his new salon.
Salon 34, located in Delray Town Center at 4801 Linton Blvd., Suite B-1, Delray Beach, is offering free makeovers to American military wives from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.
“It’s bad enough they’re husbands are overseas, fighting for America, back home there are financial pressures, foreclosures and other worries,” says Batibay, originally from Turkey and an American resident for ten years. “A makeover makes a woman feel better about herself, relax and deal with the challenges.”
Salon 34’s staff of 14 hair stylists, manicurists and makeup artists will be poised to do their best to boost the morale of the woman behind the men.
“We had been looking for a worthy charity to support, and we found it in Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,” explains Erhan Sakaoglu, an attorney, fellow Turk and business partner of Ali Batibay. “We are grateful for the success we have had in America. We want to give something back, and we would encourage other small businesses to do the same.”
Frank D’Amato is a barrel-chested, 73-year-old U.S. Marines veteran who seems an unlikely frequenter of a beauty salon.
“Oh I get my hair done here,” says D’Amato with a laugh, rubbing his shiny bald head. “Seriously, I think what these guys are doing is great. I’m all for anything to lift the morale of all branches of the military.”
For more information, call 561-381-5277 or visit www.studio34delray.com.