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Upscale Newington Salon Teams Up With VAz To Support Worthy Cause

August 30, 2011

NEWINGTON, Conn. – Sculptures Salon, with locations in NewingtonSouthington and Plainville, is teaming up with Viva VAz Vegas in support of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and the fight against multiple sclerosis. Viva VAz Vegas, hosted by VAz Media at the Society Room in Hartford, Thursday, Sept. 22, celebrates women and everything they love. It is a fun-filled evening of fashion, food and fabulous fanfare.

“We are delighted to partner with VAz to put on this amazing event,” said Gianni DiDomenico, Sculptures Salon co-owner. “We’ll be there offering guests complimentary hair styling by our top-notch stylists. We’ll also showcase some of our most trendy and outrageous ‘dos on the models participating in the runway show.”

Sculptures Salon co-owner and award-winning stylist Gianni DiDomenico puts the finishing touches on client Jessica Pace’s newly coifed ‘do. Sculptures, a longtime supporter in the fight against multiple sclerosis, is partnering with VAz Media to host Viva VAz Vegas Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Society Room in Hartford. The fun-filled evening, designed especially for women, will benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and those it serves. 

Viva VAz Vegas is an evening hosted by women for women. The event will feature more than 24 fashion and beauty vendors from New York, Boston, Canada, Connecticut and Florida.  Other highlights include complimentary massages, Henna tattoos, cocktails and tastings. Viva VAz Vegas will also host a runway show featuring Zack Lo Designer Shoes and Canadian designer Janice Louise Miller, of GlacierMilk, who will showcase women’s handmade eco fashions, an exclusive recycled couture line. There will be complimentary tastings from Dish Bar and Grill, Feng Asian Bistro, The X Rated Fusion Liqueur and more. Bobbi Brown artists will be on hand providing free makeovers. James Kaine, a popular magician from Newington, will canvas the room with his signature “street magic.” Guests can also enter to win round trip airfare for two to Las Vegas, courtesy of JetBlue airlines. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Sculptures Salon, co-owned and operated by Gianni DiDomenico, of Berlin, and John Formato, of Newington, is a state-of-the-art salon, featuring world-renowned stylists. After training in Europe and working as a stylist in several European salons, DiDomenico worked for Wahl Clipper Corp. His first encounter with multiple sclerosis was with one of the owners of Wahl who battled the disease.

Eventually DiDomenico returned to the U.S. to work. As member of the U.S.A. Hair World Olympics team, DiDomenico and his team won the 2002 championship competition which was held in Las Vegas. DiDomenico won three individual gold medals at that Hair Olympic competition, earning him the coveted World Champion Hair Stylist title. Sculptures Salon is a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, hosting benefit events of its own to support the cause.

Previous VAz Media events include VAz Feminine Fabulous Fun, VAz Beauty, VAz Spring Glamour, VAz Fabulous Fun For the Little Ladies, VAz Fabulous Fun in the City, VAz One-Year Anniversary Celebration and VAz Fashion and Fantasy.

Viva VAz Vegas will be held at the Society Room in Hartford Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available online. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. Guests, who must be 21 or older, receive a gift bag filled with samples from national and local vendors. Sponsors include JetBlue, which has donated two round trip tickets to Las Vegas, Sculptures Salons and Lynette Mendoza-Villa Law. For more information on VAz Media or to purchase tickets, visit For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to help make a difference, visit



About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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