Stylist shares passion for celebs' causes

08/01/2011 12:00 AM

08/01/2011 2:50 AM

I look forward to going to Fashion Week every year, not just for the shows, but also to see the people I've gotten to know during the past three decades.

Phillip Bloch is one of those people who is always there, and always nice. He's not only an excellent source for all things fashionable, he's helpful and fun and charming.

So it's interesting to see that this stylist to the stars, author, actor, fashion consultant and designer is off on a new adventure — letting people know about the charities that well-known people are supporting.

Phillip is now a contributing correspondent on "ABC World News Now" with his "Cause Celeb" segments.

His first subject was Fran Drescher, the actress we got to know as "The Nanny," now starring on "Happily Divorced." With Phillip, she introduced viewers to her organization, Cancer Schmancer.

I e-mailed Phillip to congratulate him on his first segment, and he suggested that — because I live in the Air Capital — I could have an airplane sky write " 13961466" across the Kansas sky to get my readers to take a look.

I wrote back that this column might be easier.

"This has been a passion project of mine for years, and I think it has the potential to create awareness for so many great charities and causes," he said.

Watch for his exclusive interviews with Cee Lo Green, Ted Danson and Andie MacDowell, to mention just a few.

I knew I liked the guy who grew up on Long Island studying fashion magazines. And I knew I really liked him the first time I interviewed him in 1997 and he answered every question I had before he talked to a fashion writer from a much, much larger newspaper.

It's not surprising that he's ready to help a myriad of charitable organizations. And I've always found it interesting which charities stars choose to help, so I'll be watching.

A bunch of bobs — Five volunteers went the extra mile at Camp Hope this year. The camp is for children who suffer from or who have survived cancer.

So here are five volunteers with long, straight hair to the middle of their backs — a couple nearly to their waists.

They refrained from cutting their hair until they got to camp so they could get together, have their hair cut and donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. It's a program that uses the hair to make wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

Stylists from Hairlines in McPherson did the cutting and the styling of the new dos.

Those who get a double gold star — one for volunteering and one for donating their hair — are: Dannon Jones and Sherri Moore of Wichita, Amanda Bretches of Great Bend, Jayme Barnes of Ozawkie and Emily Mirsch of Topeka.

Nicely done, ladies.

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