Five lucky Ridgefield women will start the new year off with a complete makeover, thanks to a fundraiser being sponsored by several local business including Whip Salon.

“Makeover Madness” at the Lounsbury House on Thursday, April 16, will highlight and celebrate the transitions made by this quintet but before that fundraising event can happen its organizers need Ridgefielders to nominate someone for a makeover.

“It can be a loved one or a friend or a neighbor,” said Amy Pal, owner of Whip Salon. “We want to find five good people who are deserving of a makeover. It can be someone who’s out of school and needs a professional look as they enter the business world, it can be a mother of three who just hasn’t had time to focus on herself. Our plan is to get a nice mix of people and treat them to a luxurious month of curated meals, personal training and gym classes, and, of course, a fresh hairstyle and some new makeup.”

The goal of Makeover Madness is simple: helping someone in the Ridgefield community look and feel great, an announcement said.

“When we look good, we feel good and we feel good we do good,” said Suzanne Brennan, executive director of Lounsbury House. “It spreads outward and impacts the whole community in a positive way.”

Pal said she’s been kicking around the idea for a few years and liked the fact that something like this has never been done in town.

“You see these types of shows on TV all the time and so I think there’s a natural interest there already. And I just thought that the makeover concept really lends itself nicely to getting that cross-sectional interest from other businesses,” Pal said. “The more players, the stronger the event.”

Nominees who are selected will receive an in-depth hair and makeup consultation at Whip to ensure they receive an update that is right for them.

They will also get 30 days of free fitness at FitClub to help get them back into healthy habits and five healthy meal ideas from Ridgefielder Brenda Lanzilli’s SaltSugarSpice blog.

In addition, five Ridgefield retailers — Audrey Road, Bahr & Co., Lucy’s, Olley Court, and Underground — will pick out and tailor a new wardrobe for selected nominees.

“We really want them to start this new decade with not only a whole new look but a whole new outlook on life,” said Brennan. “I can’t thank Amy enough for taking the initiative on this project. Whip is really a business that wants to help nonprofits, like Lounsbury House, in our community. I value that dedication.”

If selected the lucky recipients’ new looks will be unveiled at Lounsbury House on April 16 in a fun cocktail party celebration.

“Together, we’ll discover and support the new looks of the #getwhipped nominees, local vendors and Lounsbury House,” said Pal.

The event will run 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in February for $30 and will be $40 after April 1.

To nominate candidates, email, or call 203-442-6444. Nominations should include a 250-word writeup about the person and why the deserve to win a complete makeover and a recent picture. The deadline for entry is Feb. 1 and participants will be announced on Feb. 15.

Nominees must be at least 21 years old and available on show nights April 15 and April 16. Winners must be willing to participate and understand they will have their hair cut and colored and be presented and interviewed in front of a live audience. Include a photo of the nominee and contact details.

Rules may be found at under the ‘community events’ tab.

Enter to win

Do you have a friend or family member that you’d like to see “reclaim their glam?” Maybe even yourself? It could be someone who has been focused on other things and needs a pick-me-up. It could be someone who recently had a baby and wants to get back in shape. It could be someone who just got a new job and needs a new look. Or maybe it’s just someone who’s stuck in a rut and is due for a makeover for 2020. Whatever the reason, we are looking for willing participants ready and willing to give something new a try and commit to the #GetWhipped Makeover.

To nominate yourself or someone else simply email the name of the person,, including a recent photo, and in 250 words or less tell us why they deserve to win a complete makeover. Nominees must be at least 21 years old, willing to participate in a regular fitness program and be available the week before the show on April 16 for wardrobe, hair and makeup looks. Winners must also be willing to participate in the live event on April 16 at Lounsbury House understanding they will be interviewed in front of a live audience. The deadline for entry is February 1, the participants will be announced on February 15.

A complete list of the rules may be found at under ‘community events.’

The panel of experts

The #GetWhipped Makeover is an AMAZING prize!! The five lucky winners will receive a head to toe makeover: Hair, makeup, wardrobe, fitness and healthy eating are all included.

● Hair and Makeup by Whip Salon. Your nominee will start with the team of experts at Whip Salon who will treat her to a whole new updated look that she’ll love that fits her lifestyle including an in-depth consultation. Haircut, hair color and makeup are all included.

● Fitness by Fit Club Ridgefield. A six week fitness membership at Fit Club including a fitness assessment by one of their highly qualified trainers. A program will be designed and tailored with her personal needs and goals in mind, and she’ll be guided and supported by the incredible staff at Fit Club who will help her learn life changing habits while having fun.

● Healthy Menus by Salt Sugar Spice. Food blogger, Brenda Lanzilli, will provide nominees with healthy recipes to promote balanced nutrition each week leading up to the big day. Focus will include plenty of whole grains, proteins, and fresh produce. Total body health and wellness is the goal for our nominees.

● Wardrobe by Local Retailers. Each of the five participants will be assigned to a retailer including Audrey Road, Bahr & Co, Olley Court, Lucy’s and Underground Co. She will have two looks fashioned around her lifestyle, to be worn to the unveiling event on April 16th.

The event

Come celebrate the victory of these five lucky ladies as their new looks are unveiled live at the Lounsbury House on Thursday, April 16th in a festive cocktail party. Together we’ll discover and support the new looks of the #GetWhipped makeovers, learn more about their journey and the local businesses that supported them.

To purchase tickets online visit:


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street

6 to 8 p.m.

Advanced tickets $30 through April 1st

Tickets $40 after April 1.