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May 10, 2013

Makeovers for moms

Family nominates women, stylists donate services

Three special women are looking beautiful today.

Each was nominated by a family member, and was the recipient of a surprise Mother’s Day makeover, courtesy of the stylists at EnVogue Salon at 96 Washington St.

The salon solicited nominations in house and on its Facebook page. There was supposed to be only one winner, but stylist Joanne Cromisini said salon personnel were so impressed they decided to choose the three; Maria Sanfilippo Graffeo, Janet Gray, and Judy Salah Plank.

Graffeo was nominated by one of her four children, Elisa.

“Up until last year she was working full time at a hospital, going to school full time to get her nursing degree, and taking care of my sick grandparents, as well her family,” Elisa Graffeo wrote of her 43-year-old mom. “I want ... (her) to finally have a day off from everything and just take care of herself for once!”

Jennifer Gray Dahlmer said her mother and best friend helped her through a miscarriage, her now ex-husband’s military deployment, the birth of a child, and her divorce, all dealing with diabetes, subsequent kidney disease, her husband’s quadruple bypass, and the loss of Dahlmer’s brother.

“She was there through everything, and has been through so much,” Dahler wrote. “I feel a makeover is what just what she needs ... I just want her to have something great this year.”

Debbie Ulbright Salah wrote about Plank, her sister-in-law, a single mom raising a college-age son and teenage daughter.

Plank closed a business and moved back to Gloucester to take care of a dying parent. She is working as waitress while trying to save to open another business, Salah said.

“Judy rarely does anything for herself. Her focus is on family,” Salah wrote. “She’s had a tough few years and I can’t think of anyone who deserves a day of beauty more.

At En Vogue on Thursday afternoon, the three women were treated to pedicures, manicures, highlights and haircuts, and waxing. Each woman also received a bouquet of yellow roses, donated by Audrey’s Flower Shop at 38 Railroad Ave.

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