Kay Hirai poses with her handmade artwork before her holiday Angel for Animals event in 2015. File photo

Kay Hirai poses with her handmade artwork before her holiday Angel for Animals event in 2015. File photo

Mercer Island’s Studio 904 donates $70,000 to animal welfare organizations

Owner Kay Hirai’s philosophy is that “compassion is good for business.”

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:21am
  • Business

Studio 904 founder and owner Kay Hirai’s philosophy is that “compassion is good for business,” and hers runs deep, especially for homeless animals.

This year marks 10 years of Studio 904’s Angel for Animals campaign, a month-long effort to raise thousands of dollars for the animal rescue organizations Pasado’s Safe Haven, Old Dog Haven, Precious Life Animal Sanctuary and Ginger’s Pet Rescue.

“What a lot of business owners don’t realize is that giving money away can actually help your business thrive,” Hirai said. “It may not happen right away but if a business supports its community and becomes known for a caring reputation, loyal clients are drawn to this.”

She said she is “sure this is why our salon has survived for over 40 years and is still going strong.”

This year’s Angels For Animals event is already underway with dozens of gorgeous raffle items available, ranging in value from $35 to $100. Raffle tickets to enter the drawing can be purchased now through Dec. 15 for $5 each or 5 for $20. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.

On Dec. 2, the salon will be transformed into an Angels for Animals Holiday Gift Fair, featuring handmade treasures form local artists and makers. This free event isn’t only for clients of Studio 904; the entire community is invited to come and enjoy the festivities. All proceeds go directly to Pasado’s Safe Haven, Old Dog Haven, Precious Life Animal Sanctuary, and Ginger’s Pet Rescue.

It hasn’t always been easy for this small business to orchestrate big events, but even in short-staffed or lower-revenue years, Studio 904 has stayed committed to this cause and managed to raise considerable donations to help animals in need, Hirai said.

Over the past 10 years, she has raised over $70,000.

“Our clients and employees appreciate rallying around a cause and feel a great deal of satisfaction knowing they are doing their part to lend a helping hand to those in need,” she said.

Hirai is also an author and philanthropist. To learn more about her life and works, see www.keikokayhirai.com.

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