BY KIRSTEN ADAMS
InternWith schools across the state facing budget cuts and subsequent equipment shortfalls, La Jolla High School finds itself benefiting from cuts of another kind.
Jose Figueroa, owner of Salon Jose, has been contributing to the Foundation of La Jolla High School with an annual Salon-a-Thon for the last two years. This year, however, he proposed an idea to sell $10,000 worth of gift certificates to the salon, with all proceeds going directly to La Jolla High School.
“For years he’s been involved and willing to help, and now he’s going above and beyond the call of duty,” said Caroline Farwell, who helped organize the drive. “It’s just great.”
The first year Salon Jose hosted the Salon-a-Thon, it succeeded in raising $2,000 for LJHS, and last year it netted around $4,000. In light of the economic downturn, however, Farwell said the foundation was hesitant to ask for his help this year. When he offered to sell gift certificates for the unheard of amount of $10,000, Farwell said she was blown away.
“It’s amazing that he’s willing to do this,” Farwell said. “His generosity is across the board.”
Jackie Helms, immediate past president of the foundation, said the donation will go into the general fund. Running on a yearly budget of around $450,000, the fund is used to support the more pressing needs of the school.
“It runs the gamut,” Helms said. “Sports, music, academics, they all benefit.”
There is still about $8,500 worth of unsold certificates, and Farwell said they can be bought through the foundation or at Salon Jose.
“It’s everybody working together,” Helms said. “I wish we had more community support like this.”