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Local hair designer wins contest, gives money to Tri-State charity

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A Tri-State charity is getting thousands of dollars - thanks to a local hair designer who entered a national contest.

Kelly Henning, a hair designer at Off the Top salon in Evansville, says she's felt connected to the local Chemo Buddies organization ever since she met a hair client who had cancer. Kelly says when she applied for a charity contest, there was really only one charity in mind. 

Just months ago, Kelly applied for the Wella Hair Color Line's Charity Challenge. Anyone from any salon anywhere in the U.S. could submit a paragraph explaining why their charity deserves to win the grand prize - a $10,000 check. Monday, Kelly got good news - she won. 

"This is just so big, so big, and I'd never thought I'd be able to do anything like this," Kelly said. 

Kelly's charity of choice was Chemo Buddies, which is an organization created by a former hair client, Karen Williams. 

"She just had such a giving spirit," Kelly said. "She wanted to be sure that nobody ever had to go through chemotherapy alone." 

Karen passed away from breast cancer in 2011. Her sister, Jill Kincaid, started the charity, pursuing Karen's dream. 

"Whenever Chemo Buddies gets a thank-you note or recognition of some way of how much we helped them, that is a testimony to the legacy of my sister Karen, whose heart made this happen, and she lives on," Jill said. 

Although they both loved Karen, Jill and Kelly had never actually met face-to-face, until Monday, when Kelly revealed she'd gotten first place.

"She took the action step to do it, and I'm obviously grateful. 17,000 cancer patients are going to be grateful," Jill said. "I'm calling her Saint Kelly now."

Kelly says part of winning the Wella Challenge depended on votes through Facebook. She and Jill say they want to thank everyone who took the time to vote. 

For more information about Chemo Buddies, click here

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