Frank Antonio Hair & Makeup sends MLK Center Kids back to school in style

Twenty children and their grateful parents enjoyed an afternoon of pampering at Frank Antonio Hair & Makeup, thanks to the generosity of salon co-owners Frank Barbosa and Antonio Aponte. The children were treated to complimentary haircuts and styling just in time for that all-important first day of school.

All of the children are enrolled in education programs at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Several of the children donated their hair to Locks of Love.

“We know about the great work the MLK Community Center does and wanted to do something meaningful to give back to the community where we live and work. Donating our style services seemed like a natural fit as the kids start the new school year,” Barbosa said.

Amari Massey gets the glamour treatment from stylist Joel Taylor.
PHOTO CREDIT: MLK Community Center

Four stylists joined Barbosa and Aponte in donating their time for the event. “I think our team had more fun than the kids did! We hope to make this an annual event and maybe expand it with other local salons joining us,” said Aponte.
“We’re thrilled by this unique gift,” said Marilyn Warren, the Center’s Executive Director. “Back to School is an expensive proposition for everyone and an experience like this is out of reach for our working families. Frank and Antonio are such generous community partners!”

A’mya Cecilio holds still for owner-stylist Frank Barbosa.
PHOTO CREDIT: MLK Community Center

Located on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, boutique styling salon Frank Antonio Hair & Makeup has over thirty years’ experience in the industry, numerous A-list Hollywood clients and an expert team dedicated to making their clients look great and feel even better.

A community resource since 1922, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s innovative programs provide hunger relief, educational and community support for nearly 3,000 diverse residents of Newport County.

For more information, visit or call 401-846-4828.

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