LEXINGTON, Ky. — An industry of healers joined hands and hearts to make a difference following the terrorist attacks of September 11. The International SPA Association (ISPA), with nearly 1,800 members in 53 countries, organized the Hands of Hope Relief Fund to raise money for the United Way September 11th Fund. ISPA is still receiving donation totals from members, but we know that so far members have sent $13,245 to the September 11th Fund and given countless hours to help others heal.

November 11, 2001 was the day that ISPA members set aside to unite as the voice of the spa industry, and that meant the membership had to act quickly. The Hands of Hope Relief Fund was announced on October 16 during ISPA's Annual Conference, which meant ISPA members had less than four weeks to form their ideas and put a plan in place. It was exciting for ISPA to see that more than 40 spas rushed to the call for action and raised more than $13,000.

Through Hands of Hope, all ISPA members were asked to donate 10 percent of all sales from November 11 to the United Way September 11th Fund. ISPA recognized that not all members would be able to make a financial commitment on November 11; therefore the association suggested grassroots efforts as well. Ideas included donating supplies to the Massage Emergency Relief Team, finding a local hero who has helped with the relief effort and treating them to a day at the spa, or using November 11 as the day to join a local charity.

Creativity and generosity abounded when it came to Hands of Hope.
• A member in Minnesota donated 100 percent of the revenue from November 11 to the September 11th Fund.
• In California, a member organized an evening for all the healing practitioners in the community. They were guided through healing tools for themselves to release much of the negative energy and stress they have taken in from those they were healing.
• Also in California, a member honored three local firemen who went to Ground Zero in New York as part of California's "Team Unite". The firefighters were treated to a day of spa services and lunch.
• A group of members on the Monterey Peninsula in California donated funds to the Carolina Emergency Rescue Massage Team (CERMT). The companies operated a treatment room where volunteer professional practitioners offered massages on a donation basis. A commemorative T-shirt with an original Hands of Hope logo was sold to raise additional money.

The following ISPA members have advised ISPA that they participated in Hands of Hope:

Allegria Spa at the Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek (Colo.)
Aria Spa and Club at Vail Cascade Resort (Colo.)
AvantGard Day Spa (Calif.)
Beyond Beauté Wellness Spa (Texas)
Charles Grayson European Spa (N.C.)
Complexion Day Spa & Wellness Center (Calif.)
Cordevalle (Calif.)
Emerald Springs Body Spa (Pa.)
Giuliano Day Spa (Mass.)
Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa (Calif.)
LaBelle Day Spa (Calif.)
Litespa (Minn.)
Marriott's Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (Calif.)
Massage Masters Day Spa and Therapy Center (Calif.)
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (Calif.)
Na Ho'ola Spa (Hawaii)
Nob Hill Spa (Calif.)
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (Calif.)
Osmosis Enzyme Bath & Massage (Calif.)
Pierre & Carlo European Spa (Pa.)
Red Mountain (Utah)
Sanctuary Spa at Courtside Club (Calif.)
Sonnenalp Spa (Colo.)
Spa at Chateau Elan (Ga.)
Spa at the Diplomat Resort (Fla.)
Spa Camp, Inc (Calif.)
Spa Gregories (Calif.)
Spa on the Plaza (Calif.)
Stellar Spa (Calif.)
The Garden Spa at MacArthur Place (Calif.)
The Lodge at Skylonda (Calif.)
The Oaks at Ojai (Calif.)
The Sanctuary Day Spa (Calif.)
The Spa at Bernardus Lodge (Calif.)
The Spa at Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort (Fla.)
The Spa at Pebble Beach (Calif.)
The Spa at Silverado (Calif.)
Tranquility Springs Wellness Spa (N.H.)
Wyndham Palace Spa (Fla.)

Babor (Fla.)
Jurlique (Ga.)
Tara Spa Therapy (Calif.)
YG Laboratories (Calif.)

For more than ten years, ISPA has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and the voice of the spa industry. The ISPA membership is comprised of nearly 1,800 health and wellness facilities and providers from 53 countries. Since 1991, ISPA has been committed to forming and maintaining alliances that will educate, set standards, provide resources, influence policy and build coalitions for the industry. ISPA's vision is to revitalize humanity and its mission is to educate the public about the value of the spa experience and engage its participation.