Hair stylist and owner of Mario Russo salons speaks about philanthropy

Mario Russo has the Boston community at his fingertips – literally. Mario has been at the forefront of beauty and fashion for over 25 years as hair guru and owner of Mario Russo salons. Many of his clients have been directly affected by breast cancer.

“Over the years, our stylists have been directly confronted with this devastating disease and how the various treatments often effect a person’s self-esteem and confidence,” said Mario. “The empathy we feel for our clients hits us in a big way… and what they are going through.”

Mario Russo’s first encounter with BCRF happened when he was tapped to do Elizabeth Hurley’s hair for the annual BCRF Hot Pink Party, now in its 12th year. Since his introduction to the Foundation, Mario realized that many of his clients were involved in the organization, and that he could use his talents to serve the cause to help make a difference.

In the years since, Mario has supported BCRF with his generosity and talents; his team has donated styling services and gifts for the Foundation’s fundraising events and many of his staff volunteer or raise funds on their own time.

 “With BCRF we know we are making a difference,” said Mario.

In 2015, Mario Russo joined BCRF’s “Men in Pink” a group created to highlight the widespread dedication of men in Boston who are committed to funding local breast cancer research. That year, his table was filled with many of his own staff members that shared his passion for BCRF, and ultimately, helping to find a cure to end breast cancer in Boston and beyond.

“We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership in a meaningful way," said Mario. “The BCRF community in Boston is our community.”

Read more about BCRF’s Boston’s Hot Pink Party.

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