Monday, September 19, 2011
"It's been exhausting. It has been challenging but there's been so much support at each of the cities that I've stopped at. Once I get there I'm energized. I'm excited about being there," said Patrick Lomantini, Wichita hairstylist setting a world record.
Lomantini continued his excitement on the final day of his 50 day tour, giving free haircuts to those willing to donate to animal shelters.
"They always pay it forward. They're always taking care of the animal first and then worrying about the money later," said Lomantini.
It was in honor of a friend's shelter dog, named Taylor, which is one of the reasons why he chose to set this world record.
"On tour tour she passed away. She was a rescue and she was one of those dogs that was destined to be killed," said Lomantini.
He has helped raise nearly $50,000 for animal shelters across the country with the tour. On his Wichita stop, he donated all the proceeds to Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, a no-kill animal shelter.
"I thought that was great and very generous of him to give that amount of his time and money to an organization like this," said Linda Dicken, volunteer at Lifeline and received a haircut.
Lomantini spent eight months planning the 50 state tour and already has plans to have the event again next year.
Free haircuts will be given until 10 p.m. at 1812 S. Seneca, Suite 408L.