Five-year-old Havyn Ward presided over the princess party at Lysh Hair Salon last Saturday. Ezra Black/The Free Press Five-year old Havyn Ward took part in a fundraiser for Fernie’s Friends for Friends at Lysh Hair Salon. Ezra Black/ The Free Press

Many princesses participate in fundraising event

Saturday was a day many little girls will not soon forget.

Among them was five-year-old Havyn Ward, who presided over the proceedings with her royal scepter.

Others enjoyed many flavours of cupcakes while showing off their painted faces, obviously loving the opportunity to be princesses for the day.

They were among hundreds who took part in a fundraiser for Fernie’s Friends for Friends called Princess Party.

The fourth annual fundraiser was hosted by Lysh Hair Salon.

Co-owner Sarah LeNeveu said it was their most successful event to date and they raised $2245.80 for the local charity.

The princes and princesses got haircuts, had their nails done or had their faces painted. These services were by donation with all proceeds going to support the charity. There was also a raffle with many local businesses donating prizes.

“We’re truly grateful to be part of such an amazing community and to have such a fantastic local charity to give money to,” she said.

LeNeveu said over 20 volunteers and about 50 local businesses contributed to make the event a success.

“It started because I have two little girls and I think it’s a great way to get the town involved in fundraising. I love being able to give back to the community,” said LeNeveu. “It’s a great opportunity to wear those costumes and I like dressing up.”

Lysh Hair Salon co-owner Mike LeNeveu explained that Friends for Friends helps people who are going through cancer treatment. They provide monetary aide for medical expenses, help with travel, meals or friendly visits.

“They really are incredible,” he said.