Wedding Makeover helps couple looking for jobs

This article was original posted by Delaware County News Networks, on Monday,February 25th, 2013

By Anne Neborak

Gary Flynn of Folcroft had proposed to Karen Fisher of Norwood in December. The couple planned an April or May wedding but the two had lost their jobs and the financial burdens of putting together a wedding was frustrating. Fisher had heard about the Style Me Hired Makeover Show and decided to e-mail Marc Voci hoping for a makeover so she could build up her confidence, find a new job and then continue with the couple’s wedding plans.

The couple met when she was 15. She lived in Sharon Hill, he lived in Upper Darby. He graduated in 1998. They went out for three and half years. Time passed and they both went on with their lives. Twenty years later she saw him on Facebook. They reconnected and were planning to marry but as living has many twists and turns they both lost their jobs.

Voci read her e-mail and decided that both Karen and Gary would be the perfect makeover winners for February. Voci decided to surprise the couple and in fourteen days, he and his team pulled together not only makeovers for both but a wedding at the Marc Voci Color Bar and Salon on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Anita Coppens, the producer and Voci using their contacts found a way to pull it off.

“Everyone was so generous and “said Coppens.

Style Me Hired had been working with other small businesses to pull off the makeover and wedding. Makeup artist Mary Rascon of Cambio Salon and Spa of Media made the bride even more beautiful as Voci worked magic on the groom. Stella Maris Bridal shop in Holmes supplied the dress, Saget’s Formal Wear in Drexel Hill supplied the tuxedo, Pietros Jewelers in Philadelphia donated the wedding bands and Petals in the Park supplied the flowers. Applebee’s in Folsom catered the event. And Omni Hotel at Independence Park surprised the couple with a romantic night at their hotel.

At the wedding family and friends gathered to see the couple exchange vows. The ceremony was performed by Rev. David Keen who also donated his time, and recorded in photos by Laura Warrington of Laura Lynn Photography in Philadelphia.

After the ceremony the bride and groom kissed as photos were taken and news cameras videotaped the event.

“I am very overwhelmed but very happy, “said the bride. It was insane trying to get it all together in 14 days but we had so much help. It’s done; I have the man in my life I love. “

“After the wedding Karen and Gary will be presented with a job opportunity from EDSI. “We are hoping that this makeover is a start of a beautiful new life for our February Makeover couple,” said Voci.

Photos By Anne Neborak

Delaware County couple gets surprise fairytale wedding

This article was original posted by 6ABC Philadelphia, on Sunday, February 24th, 2013.

By Amy Buckman

FOLSOM, Pa. — Even though Valentine’s Day was days ago, cupid was working overtime in Folsom, Delaware County.

When Karen Fisher and Gary Flynne first dated, back in high school in the late 80s, they couldn’t have dreamed they’d someday get married in a beauty salon.

However that’s what happened Sunday, a surprise fairytale wedding, despite the realities of spending 20 years apart and that they are both unemployed.

“We friended each other on Facebook, were talking back and forth, and met each other again. We went and had a couple of drinks with each other and hit it off right from there. It’s like we were meant to be,” said Flynne.
Fisher lost her job about three years ago, and then Flynne was laid off in November.

Fisher wrote to salon owner Marc Voci, hoping for a makeover and some job leads from his “Style Me Hired” program.

He and his staff went to work, convincing local businesses to donate gowns, flowers, rings and refreshments.

“These local businesses coming together, locking arms, saying we’re going to help you Marc, we’re going to get this wedding, we’re going to put it all together. Without them, there is no wedding,” said Voci.

Fourteen days after writing her letter, Fisher found herself made-over, dressed up, and ready to take her vows.

“I’m overwhelmed but extremely grateful to Marc and everybody who helped put this together,” said Fisher.

In addition to arranging the wedding, Voci has seen to it that both the bride and groom are getting job help from a company called EDSI.

After spending their wedding night at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park, the happy couple hopes to start a very bright future together.

“Where Are They Now?” Success Stories

On Sunday, a “Where Are They Now?” show took place at the Marc Voci Salon and Color Bar in Folsom, Pa. The show reunited many of the women who were featured in the Style Me Hired Show. The women gathered to share their success stories. Watch as more women tell their stories of Hope, Restoration and Victory!






SMH Partner: Barbara, I Say Yes Salon

Local Group Provides Job Opportunities, Makeovers for Unemployed

This article was original posted by NBC10 Philadelphia, on Monday, January 28th, 2013, by David Chang

A local organization is giving unemployed women in the area a new opportunity, as well as a stylish new makeover.

Style Me Hired is a small business that gives free makeovers and employment opportunities to those who are temporarily out of the workforce. An excerpt from their website:

Style Me Hired gives free makeovers to men and women who are temporarily out of the workforce and are seeking employment. Over the past 2 years Style Me Hired has given hundreds of free makeovers to the unemployed to give them Hope and Restore their Confidence as they seek employment. Through the years we have collected many inspirational stories of success, hope, restoration, healing and happiness. It’s these amazing stories that continue to inspire us to Change Lives one Makeover at a Time.

NBC10 covered a Style Me Hired show at the Omni Hotel in Old City last September with Lori Wilson serving as the emcee. Marc Voci, the creator of Style Me Hired, teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Jimmy DeMarco and other local salon owners to make over 100 unemployed women. The Career Wardrobe also provided professional outfits for the women. After their makeovers, they met with several employers and underwent interviews for various positions.

On Sunday, a “Where Are They Now?” show took place at the Marc Voci Salon and Color Bar in Folsom, Pa. The show reunited many of the women who were featured in the Style Me Hired Show. The women gathered to share their success stories. Among those successes is Betsy, who got a job as an LLC operator with Monroe Energy, Denise, who was hired as an executive assistant with the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies and Lyn, who is now a web editor at the Hospital of Philadelphia.

Unemployed Mom Gets Job Opportunity, Stylish Makeover for Christmas

This article was original posted by NBC10 Philadelphia, on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012.

By David Chang

It was a Christmas makeover in more ways than one for a Delaware County woman. Not only did the single mom get a glamorous new look but also an exciting new opportunity for the new year and beyond.

Santa Claus joined forces with Style Me Hired, an organization that provides makeovers and job opportunities to unemployed women in the area. The latest winner is 47-year-old Nanette Garvey, a single mother of five who recently lost her job.

A Delaware County single mom of five gets a surprise makeover and an even bigger surprise from Santa. NBC10′s Monique Braxton has the story.

Santa and a makeover team surprised Nanette Sunday morning, whisking her away on Santa’s fire truck to the Marc Voci Salon in Folsom. The makeover team gave her a stylish new haircut, hair color, makeup and outfit.

“I was flooded with calls. This one struck me – she’s a single mom with five children. I know she must be going through a lot. I thought let’s get her in do what we do. Our brand is happiness,“ said Voci.

A Delaware County single mom of five gets a surprise makeover and an even bigger surprise from Santa.But the greatest gift of the day came in the form of the letter which Santa read out loud: a brand new job opportunity from EDSI, a consulting services company.

Santa then drove Nanette back to her home in Folsom where they surprised her five children with Christmas presents.

“It’s hard but I have a lot of family and friends that support me and are there for me no matter what. I teach my kids that you will always family and friends. Someone will always be there for you,” said Garvey.

While it’s not a guarantee that Nanette will get the job, it’s a major opportunity for the Folsom native and one that we’re confident she’ll take full advantage of. Most importantly, it’s a Holiday memory that Nanette and her family will never forget.

Photo credit: Anita Coppens

Thanksgiving Makeover in Ridley

This article was original posted by Delaware County News Networks, on Thursday, November 29th, 2012.

Marc Voci and his Style Me Hired Makeover Show teamed up with local businesses to surprise one of Delco’s seniors with a makeover.

“My producer heard of an elderly women, Shirley Dobson, who was without electric for a week and whose roof was damaged from Hurricane Sandy. This isn’t our typical makeover but here is someone who needs help and we are ready to help,” said Voci.

Style Me Hired teamed up with a local roofer and electrician to make repairs to Dobson’s home.

“We surprised her at her home then took her to the salon where she received a new look in her hair, makeup and a new outfit. While this was happening without her knowledge her home was being repaired,” states Voci.

After the makeover Voci and his Style Me Hired Team drove Dobson back to her home where she was greeted by the sub-contractors who repaired the damage to her home. Then she was given a $100 Shoprite card to replace the food that she lost during the power outage.

“It’s all about giving back and we were happy to help Shirley repair her home and give her a wonderful makeover so she had a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Delco woman gets surprise makeover and more

This article was original posted by ABC Action News, on Monday, November 19th, 2012.

By Amy Buckman

When Shirley Dobson learned she was to get a new hairstyle, makeup and some new clothes, courtesy of salon owner Marc Voci, she thought she was one lucky woman.

“All I know is this is a blessing from the Lord,” she told Action News.

“We’re going to use a little style and shampoo and make her more beautiful than she already is,” said Crystal Lewis of ‘I Say Yes’ Salon, as she began to work on Shirley’s hair.

What Shirley didn’t know was that while she was being primped and pampered, her Upper Chichester house, which had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy, was getting a makeover, too.

“It’s Thanksgiving. We heard Shirley’s story of what Sandy the storm did to her, and we wanted to surprise her with the makeover of a lifetime and really give back some hope and happiness,” said Voci.

During the storm, while Shirley stayed with her daughter, the roof developed a major leak and the power went out. She already needed a new lamp post and front door lock, and the additional expenses were overwhelming.

Marc Voci pulled in several people who were happy to help, including Joe Voci from JDV Electric and George Aubrey, who repaired the roof and installed a new lock.

“Anybody can be in this situation. I know if I were ever in this situation, I would hope somebody would help me,” said Joe Voci.

“It’s really good. I’ve been so busy lately that I need to slow life down and do something like this. It is a good feeling,” said Aubrey.

When Shirley arrived back home from the salon, her already-good day got a whole lot better. Marc Voci explained the repairs that had been made and presented her with $100 supermarket gift card.

“This was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I thank everyone for blessing me on this special day. This is a special Thanksgiving,” she said.

The spirit of the holidays, alive and well in Upper Chichester.

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Breast Cancer Survivor receives makeover from Voci

This article was original posted by Delaware County News Network, on Thursday, October 25th, 2012.

FOLSOM- Marc Voci and his Style Me Hired Makeover Show continues to give free monthly makeovers to women who are unemployed and actively looking for work. This month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Style Me Hired Makeover winner is a breast cancer survivor.

Kathy Connell reached out to Voci about her friend of 19 years who is a breast cancer survivor. Kathy explains that her best friend Kathleen hasn’t been to a salon because of her thinning hair. She reached out to Voci knowing his reputation as a visionary in the beauty industry for help.

“Our latest winner is Kathleen Dunn. Her best friend wrote to us asking to consider Kathleen for a makeover. She shared with us Kathleen’s journey to healing and wanted to do something special for her so she entered her for a makeover,” states Voci.

This makeover included a process called, “Hair Stuffing,” created by Rosalie Voci, Marc’s mother. “Hair Stuffing is a temporary treatment where people with thinning hair get transformed to a full head of hair,” states Voci. Rosalie has been doing this process for over 30 years. She created the process years ago to help restore confidence to a friend who loss her hair due to an illness.

“It was incredible, the transformation of her friend from having thinning hair to a full head of hair. It restored her confidence to go out more without being self conscious.” states Voci..

“This is just another part of her journey to healing and I will be right by her side, “ said her friend Connell.

Voci’s future plans is to spread his makeover magic by going across America, city to city, and change lives one makeover at a time.

Women who are currently unemployed and actively seeking employment can apply to win a Style Me Hired Makeover by Clicking Here.

A beautiful outlook for job seekers

This article was original posted by Delaware County News Network, on Thursday, October 4th, 2012.

By Anne Neborak

“During tough economic times, women buy more lipstick and nail polish to feel better. It’s a small thing but affordable when you are feeling you need a lift after losing a job,” says Career Coach Susan Price. Price has counseled many women at the Women’s Resource Center in Wayne, and sees how looks can affect their ability to get that interview and find a job especially in these hard times.

Marc Voci of Ridley, a hair salon owner at Marc Voci Salon and Color Bar and creator of Style Me Hired, has seen this transformation on a daily basis after women have their hair cut and colored. Voci grew up around the salon business. His grandmother was a hairdresser and so was his mother, Rosalie Voci. His mom was by his side last month at the Omni Hotel as 100 Style Me Hired Makeover winners had a chance to learn new skills and try them out with future employers.

“I see how a makeover can change a life each day. The first time I made over five women, and two received jobs. It’s amazing. I paired up with Career Wardrobe to have the women receive a complete outfit. Roe Falcone of EDSI set up a job fair. Twenty-five salons came together from Philadelphia and Delaware Valley volunteering their time to make over these women,” said Voci.

When Donna Phillips walked into the salon, she didn’t know what to expect. She lost her job three months ago after working as an office manager for 12 years at Leo Dental Lab. She was notified by e-mail and was excited, though a bit hesitant, believing that something for free had to have a catch.

“Everyone at the salon was so nice. I cried while Rosalie was blow drying my hair. I just love my hair. I love the color. I love the cut. I tried to tip but no one would take money from me,” said the Ridley resident.

Phillips, next stop was the Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia, where again she would be overwhelmed a second time by the volunteers who helped her, selects an outfit.

Caitlin Day, the Education and Outreach manager, has seen many women come through the doors and watched the change as they put on a suit. Many women are on public assistance and have suffered in domestic abuse situations. With the Style Me Hired winners, they will dress 100 women who are transiting to the job market. Women are referred to the program at Career Wardrobe where volunteers help you pick out a suit, shoes, scarf, sunglasses and jewelry accessories. If you are in the medical field, they have scrubs you can wear. If you’re employed at a job which requires khakis and a polo shirt, they have clothes that will work too. While most of their clients are women, there are suits for men, too. If you get the job, you can come back and put together three complete outfits.

“We see 3,000 to 5,000 women each year with a staff of 10 and a ton of volunteers,’” said Day.

Career Wardrobe has stepped up creating classes in interviewing, time management, financial literacy, basic technology and digital literacy.

“I found my job online, I arranged my interview online, and I interviewed on line and got a job online. There is a gap that has to be filled with technology, “said Day.

“Technology is something that women need to be well versed in. Our goal is to empower women. It’s a good cause and no one can find an argument against it. The suit is the great equalizer. It empowers women and gives them confidence, “adds Day.

Phillips tries on a suit with the help of Lorraine Schofield who volunteers and has a college degree, but is looking for a job in the pharmaceutical field.

“I love fashion so I thought why not volunteer here, “said Schofield.

Schofield helps Phillips decide between a green shirt and a pink shirt to pair with the black suit she has picked out. Vying for the pink shirt, Schofield stresses that the color is much more powerful looking. Though she can’t find shoes to fit, Phillips is happy with her choice. She is impressed with the women who volunteer, giving up their time to help other women.

On Sept. 24, the Style Me Hired event took place at the Omni Hotel. The dining room was buzzing with the sound of hairdryers as makeup artists’ use their magic on women of every age, making them look gorgeous and ageless.

Along with Marc Voci’s salon participating, other local businesses include Carol Ann Salon in Folsom, Cambio Salon and Spa in Media and Salon Moda in Springfield.

“It’s really nice to see all the salons get together. When I started in this business all the salons talked to each other, then they became very competitive. Now we are all together working towards the same goal. I read about Mark last year and I wanted to get involve. People need to give back to the community and show people in your community you care. Nothing is more rewarding then making a client look good and that makes them feel more confident. When they are happy and smile it is extremely rewarding for me,” said Mary Rascon of Cambio Salon and Spa.

Upstairs in the Penthouse, as women try on their new outfits and have their make-up touched up, you can feel the surge of hope growing as they would face job counselors to look over resumes and demonstrate mock interviews. Just a few hours later, these women would use their new skills on competing employers. Mary Rumford of Chester Township had her own house cleaning business for 25 years. As economic times became tougher Rumford, who cares for her sick husband, watched helplessly as her business kept getting smaller. The 58-year-old wasn’t originally going to apply for the makeover but Anita Coppens, a friend at church and producer of the Style Me Hired event persuaded her.

“I feel it was God who did it. I was not originally going to do this my husband is sickly and I am making a transition in my life. I am losing customers in my cleaning business and the cost of operating it is too high. This is my coming out party, a new me. I am going to live instead of exist, “said Rumford.

Crystal Andrews of Philadelphia was laid off from her job at a day care a year ago.

“I am even job hunting on Saturday; I give my business cards out. I look online while I am at the EDSI program Monday through Friday. I am working on my resume and hunting for a job. This is great because they have mock interviews so we are ready for job interviews. I won’t let anything stand in my way. God is on my side and he put me on this earth for a reason. When I won I looked at my e-mail and was selected I screamed at the top of my lungs. Thank you, Jesus,” Andrews said.

Andrews won’t even let her tattoo on her leg stand in her way as Ginger Jones of Motives Cosmetics covered it up so she would be ready.

Lisa Farnese of Sharon Hill has been out of work for a month.

“It’s a great opportunity to better apply myself to today’s market. I worked at National Elevator Insurance Company for 11 years. My son’s Kevin’s girlfriend Julie Ayun, entered me for the makeover. She even helped me write the application and everything, “said Farnese

Roe Falcone who works at EDSI feels that after a Style Me Hired makeover a woman has a different feeling coming into an interview.

“You see the confidence. Many of our clients have had rough times, feel down and stress levels are high. This builds their confidence and it is a great opportunity. This can change lives,” said Falcone

For Phillips the experience was inspiring.

“I thought the whole experience was awesome. Women helping women,, volunteering their time to help me. I would love to start my own business to helping women my age. It helped me look at my life and find out what I really want to do. The job fair opened up my eyes to all the opportunities out there, “said Phillips.

Style Me Hired, Changing Lives One Makeover at a Time

This article was original posted by, on Monday, September 24th, 2012.

By Lauren Salapatek

Elanie Cedrone applies make-up on Elizabeth "Betsy" Stiles.Changing lives one makeover at a time, The Style Me Hired Makeover/Employment Show at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park in Philadelphia gave 100 women a new feeling of confidence today.

Giving makeovers to women who are temporarily out of the workforce and are seeking employment, Style Me Hired celebrated their second anniversary, where they set up participants with a free hair cut, color and make-up consultation from participating East Coast salons. The women also received interviewing training and advice for writing a professional resume. This year, instead of just providing participants with makeovers and job skills, they also gave them the opportunity to network with potential employers right after their makeovers were finished.

(From left) Creator of Style Me Hired Marc Voci, Elizabeth Stiles and Elanie Cedrone of Marc Voci SalonSo how did such an inspiration event come to be?

The idea for Style Me Hired was born on December 6, 2010 when Marc Voci Salon and Colorbar invited five locally unemployed women to receive a complete head-to-toe makeover complements of the salon. “The event was covered by our local news station, and right after the event, we got word that two of the women were hired instantly,” says Voci.

Bel A'Mour SalonAfter that, there was an outpouring of interest from e-mails to phone calls from people who wanted to be involved with the event next time—that’s when the Style Me Hired Makeover show was officially created. “As a salon owner, I felt like I needed to go the next step, and that was doing something important for my community,” says Voci. “Style Me Hired allows salons to come together as one, and drive confidence through the streets of America. These are real-life people who we helped out today. I hope our story will convince other salons around the nation to make the same kind of difference in other people’s lives.”

For years now, Marc Voci and his team at The Style Me Hired Makeover Show have been giving away free makeovers to women who are unemployed. He recently gave free makeovers to the laid-off Sunoco refinery workers in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. “Locally it was devastating news, so we wanted to shed a little light there,” says Producer of Style Me Hired, Anita Coppens. “We worked with four of the women who were let go and they all got jobs after their makeovers!” According to Coppens, last year’s event brought in approximately 100 women, and this year the number doubled. The number of salons who participated almost tripled, too—last year there were only nine and this year there were 25!

Elizabeth “Betsy” Stiles was one of the refinery workers who received a makeover; she spoke at the event today. “It was overwhelming to see how many women there were,” she says. “I was down in the dumps after I lost not just one job, but two. I moved to Philadelphia for work, and when I lost both jobs my confidence and self-esteem just plummeted. After I was made over by the Style Me Hired Show last year, I felt like a whole new woman, plus I felt like the Marc Voci team was my second family.”

Styles along with Donna Phillips (styled by Jacqueline Malocu, Beautiful Dream Team and Elaine Cedrone, Marc Voci Salon) officially kicked off today’s event. They were the first out of all the women to get the first “cut and curl” out of the entire group.

So, what was the process like?

Two weeks ago, participants visited their salons and got their official cut and color done along with make-up consultations. Today, the event was split between multiple stations (each salon had its own station) where participants visited their stylists one final time for touch-ups before their big interviews.

Getting the royal treatment, stylists and make-up artists spent anywhere from 60 to 80 minutes fixing up each of the women. “After getting beautified, participants were reminded of job search basics and given one-on-one support,” says Coppens. “Employers got a chance to network with them for a couple hours.”

But that wasn’t all. Participants were also fitted for an official “interview” outfit through Career Wardrobe. Last year’s contestant Andrea M. Blassingame, who spoke today, says that after last year’s makeover and show, she certainly could not help but feel more confident. “The staff, the other winning ladies, and Marc Voci in partnership with the Career Wardrobe worked to make everyone look great,” she says. “I had a few interviews scheduled the weeks following and I certainly did take my ‘new makeover attitude’ to those interviews with me. It made me feel like I could get any job I wanted.”

Follicle Studio, PhiladelphiaAccording to Blassingame, the connections she’s made, the workshops she’s attended, and the networking opportunities have all helped her in her business endeavors. “The relationship I developed with the Career Wardrobe has helped me change things in my personal and professional life, including reevaluating my finances and credit score, and interviewing and resume techniques that I use when I’m networking.”

“I tell the women that even if they don’t get employment, take advantage of your opportunities. Go in with an open mind and take the confidence you feel and compliments you are getting and use it to propel you forward,” says Blassingame.

Voci and his makeover team announced their next show will be in Boston. “To do an event like this it needed a lot of press,” says Coppens. “We needed to get salons involved so it required a lot of reaching out through social media and press opportunities.

Last year was simply called the Style Me Hired Makeover Show because it only involved making over clients so they could find work afterwards. From this show forward, we will be partnering with Educational Data Systems Incorporated (EDSI) who provides us with the employer piece for the show. That’s why we have extended its official name to the Style Me Hired Makeover/Employment Show.”

Stylist and owner of L.A. Hair Salon, Laura Angiolillo, who participated last year and this year says, “After the makeovers the difference each women felt moved me to tears. It was rewarding to see how a makeover could build someone’s confidence level—that is why my salon participated this year.”

Cambio Salon, the first salon that sponsored the Style Me Hired Makeover Show, agreed the show was both fun and rewarding. “It’s good for salon owners and hairdressers to get involved with their communities,” says salon owner Mary Rascon. “Being in separate salons can cause that element of competitiveness. I like that when I came here today, it didn’t feel like that at all. I like that we were able to all get together again, network and bounce ideas off each other.”

Salon CambioRascon also says, “It doesn’t take all that much to do a makeover for someone. You could dedicate a few hours out of your career and really make a huge difference in someone’s life. As hairdressers we change lives every day, and the Style Me Hired Show today really gave us an opportunity to do that.”