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Newtown Cut-A-Thon Raises $5,000 Toward Handicap House For Vet

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited Ricci’s Salon & Spa in Newtown at its cut-a-thon benefit May 15 for its "Homes For Our Troops" event.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited Ricci’s Salon & Spa in Newtown at its cut-a-thon benefit May 15 for its "Homes For Our Troops" event. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited Ricci’s Salon & Spa in Newtown at its cut-a-thon benefit Sunday, May 15, for its "Homes For Our Troops" event.

More than $5,000 was raised in six hours at the sold-out event.

All stylists and staff worked for no pay, and donated the price of their hair cuts to the building of a handicap house for 22-year-old Army Ranger Sean Pesce, who returned from Afghanistan with life-altering injuries.

Pesce was shot 13 times and had a bullet sever his spine while serving as a U.S. Army ranger. Now paralyzed from the waist down, he is seeking to build a house that will accommodate the challenges he faces on a day-to-day basis.

Money is still trickling in from those who couldn’t get appointments nor make the drive to Newtown.

Homes for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

To read an earlier Daily Voice article on the cut-a-thon, click here . For more information on Homes for our Troops, click here.

To donate to the handicap house for Pesce, please send a check to Homes for Our Troops and earmark it for Sean Pesce. All checks are tax deductible.

Homes For Our Troops is at 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780

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