ATLANTA (MARCH 18, 2016) – Georgia Aquarium welcomed 300 Great Clips salon managers to kick off a new partnership benefiting the Aquarium’s Veterans Immersion Program on Thursday, March 17. Great Clips’ president, Steve Hockett, was also in attendance at the event, held in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom.

Beginning March 17, Great Clips will be executing a cause marketing promotion across several salons to help raise support for the Aquarium’s Veterans Immersion Program. Salon customers will have the opportunity to donate $1 to the Veterans Immersion Program. Those who donate will receive $2 off their next haircut. There are currently 175 salons that will be participating in the partnership. Salons are located in Atlanta, Columbus, Ga., Thomasville, Ga., Valdosta, Ga., Savannah, Ga., Augusta, Ga., St. Simons Island, Ga., Birmingham, Ala., Auburn, Ala., Tallahassee, Fla., Bluffton S.C., Greenville, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

“This partnership with Great Clips is an excellent example of companies working together for a great cause, and we are very proud to help support the Aquarium’s Veterans Immersion Program,” said Hiroshi Okuda, director of sponsor relations at Georgia Aquarium. “The Aquarium is always looking to increase its community partnerships and is excited to be partnering with Great Clips on this initiative.”

Georgia Aquarium’s Veterans Immersion Program was established in 2008. To date, Georgia Aquarium has enabled more than 1,600 veterans to swim or dive alongside whale sharks, manta rays, and hundreds of other animals in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot exhibit.

"Great Clips has always worked to strengthen the people and communities we serve, including a strong history of giving back to our country's veterans who gave so much," said Tammy Nienaber, director of communications at Great Clips. "The Aquarium's Veterans Immersion Program is a great way to support veterans, and we're happy to promote this initiative and raise funds for the cause."

Georgia Aquarium will also be partnering with Great Clips for their back-to-school promotion. Starting July 15 through August 30, customers who purchase a haircut at Great Clips will receive a voucher for Georgia Aquarium tickets for a discount price of $25 that can be redeemed in September and October of this year.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has one of the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org

ABOUT GREAT CLIPS

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,900 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised, and salons are owned locally by more than 1,200 franchisees across North America. Great Clips franchisees employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer care system and advanced technical skills. As a walk-in salon, Great Clips provides value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. Getting a great haircut is more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check-in online, visit www.greatclips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit www.greatclips.com.