Avantgarde Hair Salon & Spa, Grand Rapids

Mother’s Day Makeover Contest a Success!

Avantgarde Salon & Spa hosted its second annual Mother’s Day Makeover Contest with great success. Margaret Champion and Cyndi Geers were the two winners selected to receive a Grand Prize Makeover. Their full day of pampering included a manicure, pedicure, haircut and color and makeup application. “There are so many mothers in our community who are unsung heroes and deserve to be pampered,” says Bonnie Moore, Avantgarde Owner. “This contest gives Avantgarde the opportunity to pamper two special mothers who have faced difficult challenges in life and given selflessly to those around them, and they truly deserve to be honored.” In addition, five mothers were selected as finalists and received a complimentary spa service of their choice.

Margaret Champion was nominated by her daughter Dana Champion and was selected as the winner at Avantgarde West. “Compassionate, caring, hardworking, selfless, puts others first,” her daughter Dana Champion says, “are all words I would use to describe my mother.” Champion cared for her elderly father for the past five years as his primary care giver, until he passed away from cancer on March 9, 2001. In addition to caring for her father, Champion also cares for her 23 year old son who is cognitively impaired. “My mom did not ask for the cards she was dealt, but she has taken them and pushed through,” says Dana Champion, “…I hope to be like her when I am older.”

Cyndi Geers was nominated by her son Jonathan Geers and was selected as the winner at Avantgarde, East Paris location. “My mom dropped pretty much all aspects of her life to care for me,” says Jonathan, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 16. Following Jonathan’s diagnosis, Geers left her full time job as a nurse and took a part time job at Subway to be able to better care for him. Geers’ time and energy was stretched between caring for her ill son as well as three other children. “She’s devoted her entire life to caring for everyone but [herself],” says Jonathan who has now been in remission for four years.

Since opening its doors in October of 2007, ‘Making a Difference’ has been the driving force at both Avantgarde locations. “You never know the circumstances of someone’s life when they walk through the door. We’re here to Make a Difference because we know that everyone needs to be pampered,” says Moore.

 Photography by Jenn Anibal