KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

50 States, 50 Days, 50 Cuts, To Help Shelters



Bookmark and Share

A Kansas man is traveling all 50 states in 50 days. He also has a goal of doing 50 haircuts at each stop.

Patrick Lomantini has taken a little over a month of his time, for the past three years, to help our furry friends. Since he started his fundraiser, 'Bark Aid,' he's raised over $200,000. Every single penny of that has gone to local animal shelters.

“A few years ago when I became a hair stylist, I wanted to make a difference,” said Lomantini. “And I wanted to be different than any other hair stylist in the world.”

So with that mindset Lomantini began cutting his way across America. The Kansas native was in Sioux Falls Monday at Dimensions Salon on South Sertoma Avenue.
    
“I couldn’t do what the shelter people do, I'd lose it,” Lomantini said. “They perform amazing functions at their humane societies. But I can do hair, and that's my way of bringing attention to what they do.”

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lomantini and his assistant Zack cut, cut, and cut some more. Since Lomantini began 'Bark Aid’ three years ago, he's done more than 6,000 haircuts across the country. On Monday, he had plenty more to do. The whole tour is self-funded. So Lomantini said he relies on the generosity of those who come out to support the cause.

“We just survive off of the tip jar,” Lomantini pointed out.
    
All of the money raised from the cuts is going to the Brookings Humane Society.
    
“This is amazing. We rely on donations and fundraisers, so something like this is a huge help,” said Maia Moore, director of the Brookings Humane Society.

Moore said to run the animal shelter it costs around $15,000 a month.

“Right now we have one turtle, right around 50 cats, and about 30 dogs,” Moore said.

And of course a few of them paid a visit to the salon.

Lomantini said his hands get sore, and cutting for 7 hours for 50 days straight is a bit exhausting. But he said helping a little guy like Turtle makes it all worth it.

“We are just two guys cutting hair for animals,” Lomantini said. “But it has taken on a whole new dimension.”

At Monday’s event Lomantini surpassed his goal of 50 cuts and did 63. Over $2,200 was raised for the Brookings Humane Society. 


If you didn't make it Monday, you can mark for calendars for next year.  Lomantini will be back at Dimensions Salon next Labor Day to raise money for another local shelter.


< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Canton Residents Still Recovering After Flood  story with video

It's been over two months since heavy rain caused millions of dollars in damage to ...

Man Arrested After Assaulting Lawyer In Court

A Sioux Falls man was arrested after assaulting his public defender in a court ...

SD Group Holding Discussions On Education  story with video

Education funding and teacher pay are controversial topics in South Dakota. One ...

Court Upholds Decision To Withhold Benda Records  Sep. 2

Faith Rasmussen Pleads Guilty   story with video  Sep. 2

Montgomery's Furniture Celebrates Anniversary With Donation   Sep. 2

Wineries On Consumer-Direct Shipping Laws  story with video  Sep. 2

Al Neuharth Award For Excellence Winner Named  Sep. 2

Aberdeen May Control Airport Pump During Flooding  Sep. 2

MNsure Trying To Fix 'Life Event' Changes Backlog  Sep. 2

Two Men Attempt To Rob SF Cab Driver  Sep. 2

Man Faces Drug Charges After Pursuit, Crash  Sep. 2

Pulse Plant Near Harrold To Employ 14 Initially  Sep. 2

Wagon Train To Start Its Trek To Pierre For 125th  Sep. 2

Tribal Leaders In Dakotas Gathering For Summit  Sep. 2

Legislators Discuss Wine-Shipping Laws  Sep. 2

Defunct Airport Terminal To Be Torn Down In 2015  Sep. 2

Corn Maze Offers Families Weekend Fun This Fall  story with video  Sep. 2

Man Uninjured In Iowa Plane Crash  Sep. 2

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video  Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video  Sep. 1

Olive Garden Takes Restaurant To Police Station For Labor Day  Sep. 1

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video  Sep. 1

Proposed Wind Farm Nears First Goal  Sep. 1

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search  Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive
     

Retailer Encouraged By Pheasant Numbers  story with video

Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks ...

Fallen Kite Leads To Missouri River Search

Authorities say a report of an object that fell from the sky ...

Labor Day Celebration Parade Attracts Many  story with video

Hundreds of people set up camp Monday morning on the streets ...

Police Searching For Motel Shooting Suspect  Sep. 1

Workers Spraying Missouri River Sandbars   Sep. 1

Augie Works To Be A Good Neighbor   story with video  Sep. 1

Wild Water West's Season Ends With A Splash   Sep. 1

Move-In Day At The University Of Sioux Falls  Sep. 1

KDLT News Archive
     

Quarterback Conundrum At SDSU, USD  story with video

Quarterback is the most important position on the football ...

Valencia Sparked Canaries In 2014  story with video

Off the field, Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Chris Valencia works as an ...

Canaries Shutout To End Dismal Season  story with video

FARGO, ND - Unable to figure out Jake Laber of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (43-56), the ...

Ruwe Ruins RedHawks  story with video  Aug. 31

Oregon Coach Praises USD & Hurt Quarterback  story with video  Aug. 31

Gridiron Greatness: August 31st, 2014  story with video  Aug. 31

Lujan Takes Jacks Reigns After Sumner Injury  story with video  Aug. 31

Kevin Earl Hurt In Coyotes Loss At Oregon  story with video  Aug. 31

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top