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Locals prove pink is 'tres chic' throughout October

Date: 10/13/2009

By Katelyn Gendron

Reminder Assistant Editor

AGAWAM -- Think pink -- pink ribbons, pink nails, pink hair extensions; think everything pink.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the employees at Salon Tres Chic & Day Spa are doing their part to find a cure. For every client who purchases a pink product or service involving pink products nail polish, hair extensions -- a percentage will be donated to Baystate Health Foundation Inc.'s Rays of Hope -- A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer.

"We're walking for all our customers and friends [who've had or been affected by breast cancer]," Mary Ann Zicolella, owner of Salon Tres Chic and a cancer survivor, said. "Breast cancer is way too prevalent."

Zicolella and 13 employees will form Team Salon Tres Chic for the Rays of Hope walk on Oct. 25 in Forest Park, Springfield. Since its inception, the walk has raised $7.3 million to fund treatment programs and breast cancer research grants throughout Western Massachusetts.

Christina Rice, manager of Salon Tres Chic, said she's asked each employee to raise a minimum of $100 for the cause. She noted the salon has participated in numerous walks over the past five years, raising thousands for Rays of Hope, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and multiple sclerosis.

Rice added that fundraising efforts and ongoing research have no doubt helped to save the lives of Zicolella and several clients, one of whom was last year's team honoree, Team Cindy.

Rice noted that any donation given to Team Salon Tres Chic will enter donors into a drawing for a gift basket full of beauty products, service coupon and gift cards, valued over $100.

For additional information about Salon Tres Chic or to donate to their team, visit

More information about Rays of Hope -- A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer can be obtained by visiting their Web site at