Hilary Bilstad is a special part of the ARROJO family. Now a senior stylist, she joined the company in 2003 as an apprentice. Since then, her commitment has made her a world-class hair cutter, while her infectious warmth and kindness and sense of fun have made her an indelible part of our lives.
We’re also friends with her family. Her mother, Mary, often visits the city and the salon, bringing happiness –– and treats! –– into our world. A personality with more bubble than champagne, Mary is diagnosed with the chronic and progressive movement disorder, Parkinson’s Disease. 
The cause and the cure are still unknown, so Hilary and her mom took the advice of Michael J. Fox: “The cures we want aren’t going to fall from the sky. We have to get ladders and climb up and get them.” Hilary and Mary scaled the heights to create 
Primping for Parkinson’s, with proceeds going to Team Fox for the benefit of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. 
Held on Sunday, April 7, at ARROJO studio as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, for $100 donation guests received admission, cocktails, blow-out and styling services provided for free by ARROJO stylists (including Hilary), and a live auction, hosted by Nick Arrojo. 
A heart-warming day-to-night event, hundreds of guests donated thousands of dollars, having a good time getting primped as they did. During the live auction –– Nick was in form as an anchorman –– two tickets to a Broadway Show went for $800, a made to measure ISAIA tuxedo and shirt went for $2,100; and three hair cuts with Hilary went for $1,100, amongst other high ticket items that were also auctioned off. 
$70,000 raised, and the total continues to grow. “It was a lot of hard work, but it is so satisfying to give,” Hilary said. “I didn’t know we would raise so much. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone that contributed. Now we want to do it again!”  
Speaking of the recognition the event received from family’s in similar situations, Hilary observed: “I feel like we’ve created awareness and hope. People live with Parkinson’s, but don’t talk too much about it. We’ve shown that you can face it head on with positivity. We’re a normal family, and we are standing up to the disease. Others can too.”
Our deepest thanks to all the people and brands who gave their time and energy, gifts and contributions to help make Primping for Parkinson’s such a special event. 
If you were unable to attend and would still like to make a contribution, please visit our Team Fox page HERE
Images: Debbie Miracolo