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Tricoci University Students Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Victims

The students raised $7,500 across the university's nine campuses, including Libertyville.

Students at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture—including the Libertyville campus—recently stepped up to donate money to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Through the TLC (Teaching, Learning, Caring) Program, students raised $7,500 for Hurricane Sandy victims. Beneficiaries of the funds will include employees of Repechage, a manufacturer of professional skin care products, and Marathon Data Systems, a provider of marketing software solutions.

Tricoci University CEO Brian Weed said students at the university's nine campuses rallied around the cause. Each campus organized its own way to raise money, and the company offered a corporate match.

Among the fundraising initiatives were donating money to be able to wear jeans instead of the traditional black-and-white uniforms, holding bake sales and donating proceeds from student salon services.

Weed said the Libertyville campus, located at 751 E. Park Ave., was one of the strongest contributors to the effort.

"It was neat. It's fun to see the students get into it, the campuses get into it," said Weed. "I'm constantly amazed by the strong culture of giving back."

Tricoci Culture

Giving back, Weed said, is definitely part of the culture at Tricoci University. The school was founded in 2004 by Mario Tricoci, who wanted to start a school that raises the bar for stylists. Weed said Mario Tricoci wants students to leave the university salon-ready, professional, competent and with a good set of technical skills.

Tricoci University has about 1,000 graduates each year across its nine campuses, six of which are located here in the Chicago area. Students go through training in a classroom setting and then transition to advanced and practical training, which includes testing their skills on guests in the student salon.

The services include a haircut with blow-dry for $10, full-foil highlights for $37 and a basic facial for $17. The full menu of services can be found on the school's website.

Weed said the services are the same quality a customer would find at an upscale salon but at a value price.

He recommends calling the campus at (847) 247-8100 to make an appointment.

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