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Cancer Survivor From Reading Wins Makeover Contest

Kellette was chosen from hundreds of entries.

Joyce Kellette after the makeover. Credit: submitted
Joyce Kellette after the makeover. Credit: submitted
Friends of Joyce Kellette's submitted her photo for a makeover contest, but honestly "never thought she'd win." Kellette, a Reading resident and cancer survivor, was entered into a makeover contest put on by the award-winning Anthony David Salon, located in Burlington. 

Out of hundreds received in the contest, Kellette's was one of three chosen by the public as a winner. 

The Anthony David Salon recently embarked on the quest via social media to find three deserving women to receive complete makeovers.  The salon received hundreds of entires from women all over New England who sent in their own photos or photos of a family member or friend in hopes of winning the makeover. Their photos were posted on the salon's website and the public got to choose the three lucky winners. The three winners range in age from 17 to 61.  

The makeovers included hair cut and color, make-up application and lesson, teeth cleaning and whitening and clothing complete with a head to toe new look. All services were donated.

Owner Anthony Vitale is no stranger to giving back to his community, having successfully raised more than $4,000 for Massachusetts police dogs through his fund-raisers. He wanted to reach out to his community of Burlington, Wilmington, Woburn, Billerica and Lexington to find deserving women that could use a little TLC for various reasons.  
After two very successful fund-raisers to help police dogs, he decided his next outreach would be to do something to help deserving woman trying to make a new start but couldn't afford what that entailed.  

According to Vitale, "I reached out to the Burlington business community for help, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I am so pleased that with their participation we were able to help these woman."  

Kathy Keady, GM, of Eileen Fisher, Burlington, jumped into action immediately and styled all three women and provided the clothing. Dr. Janiene Gresla, also of Burlington, took care of the teeth cleaning and whitening, and when the makeovers were completed, Kate Ackerman Photography, Wilmington  took the before and after photos of each winner.

Joining Kellette as winners are Gilda Alberti, Billerica, a mom of two, and Skyler Silva, Burlington, a student at Burlington High School.

Kellette grew up in Woburn with one brother and three sisters, raised by hardworking parents. She has been married to husband Jay since June 1973 and has a 31-year-old daughter Jacqueline and a 28-year-old-son Daniel.  

She went back to school earn a degree in Food Science at North Shore Community College when her son went off to college. She became a Consumer Safety Officer, (Investigator) for the FDA in 2008, but has worked for the USFDA since 1992. She belongs to the Reading Athletic Club and is there almost every day.  

In late 2010  she was diagnosed with breast cancer. But she beat it. Kellette credits God and Dr. Kelly Cornell and all the nurses and staff at the Breast Center and Winchester Hospital for her victory over cancer. She also received treatment from Dr. Irene Kuter and nurse practitioners and nurses and staff at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also credits  her wonderful family and great friends for their prayers and support. 

Kellette enjoys cycling, dancing and spending time with friends and family.  "I am so grateful for winning the makeover and enjoyed every minute of it," said Kellette.

The Anthony David Salon recently embarked on a quest via Social Media to find three deserving women to receive complete makeovers.  The salon received hundreds of entires from woman all over New England who sent in their own photos or photos of a family member or friend in hopes of winning the makeover. Their photos were posted on the salon's website and the public got to choose the 3 lucky winners. The three winners range in age from 17 to 61.  
The makeovers included, hair cut and color, make-up application and lesson, teeth cleaning and whitening and clothing complete with a head to toe new look. All services were donated.
Owner, Anthony Vitale no stranger to giving back to his community having successfully raised over $4000 for Massachusetts police dogs through his fund-raisers, wanted to reach out to his community of Burlington, Wilmington, Woburn, Billerica and Lexington to find deserving woman that could use a little TLC for various reasons.  He asked the public for their help to find woman who might be struggling through hard times, a mother returning to work, a community volunter that thinks of others and rarely of themselves, a sister, grandmother or daughter embarking on her first job.  The photos started pouring in almost immedialty, in fact, the contest was so successful that Vitale wants to continue doing makeover's over the next few years.
Vitale's goal has always been to give back to his community. After two very successful fund-raisers to help police dogs, he decided his next outreach would be to do something to help deserving woman trying to make a new start but couldn't afford what that entailed.  According to Anthony, "I reached out to the Burlington business community for help, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I am so pleased that with their participation we were able to help these woman."  Kathy Keady, GM, of Eileen Fisher, Burlington, jumped into action immediately and styled all three woman and provided the clothing.  Dr. Janiene Gresla also of Burlington, took care of the teeth cleaning and whitening, and when the makeovers were completed, Kate Ackerman Photography, Wilmington  took the before and after photos of each winner.
The winners are, Gilda Alberti, Billerica, a mom of two, Skyler Silva, Burlington, a student at Burlington High School and Joyce Kellette, Reading, a Consumer Safety Officer for Food & Drug. 

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