“Making an impact where it is truly needed should be a way of life for everyone. There is no feeling as wonderful as seeing how even small acts of kindness can change someone’s world.” – Chris Walker
Studio Gabriel Salon and Spa owner, Chris Walker has a giving heart. Chris and all of the Studio Gabriel staff selflessly give their time and talents to the not-for-profit organizations. They genuinely care about others and continue to make a steadfast difference in the community they call home. Chris remembers traveling alongside her mother and daughter back in 2000 to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada to provide manicures, haircuts, and makeovers to the little girls that were patients there. Seeing the smiles and positive impact they made on those little girls is something she will never forget. Since then, she has continued to expand her philanthropic endeavors to help as many non-profits as she can.
The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition establishes and supports a local system of care that optimizes health of moms, babies, and their families living in Indian River County. Dancing with Vero’s Stars is an annual feature fundraiser where local movers and shakers are paired with professional dance instructors to put on a dazzling evening performance on the stage of Riverside Theater in an effort to raise money for the local cause. Chris Walker was chosen to participate as one of ten star dancers from the community for this past year on May 11th, 2019. She was happy to step outside of her comfort zone, learn to dance, and support a cause close to her heart. The dancers collectively raised a record $495,000, a considerable increase from the roughly $40,000 raised at the first event in 2009. The entire Studio Gabriel Salon & Spa family participated in raising money for the cause and showed up to cheer on owner Chris Walker the night of the event.