Legends don’t come along everyday. PBA | NCA’s annual Legends & Icons Charity Gala honors the life works of beauty professionals who’s unfaltering dedication to the industry help inspire and educate their industry peers to strive for excellence in their careers and in the communities where they work and live.

In 2011, PBA is proud to honor two such iconic professionals:

2011 Legend – Yosh Toya

Far from his modest childhood home in Japan, San Francisco-based Toya established himself as a classic master; a multi-location salon owner; and, a premier educator. His timeless styles, fluid hands and global approach have won him an Aveda Master of the Art Award, The Grand trophy of the Professional Press for Best Commercial Hairstyle from AIPP, a NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award and dozens of other honors.

2011 Icon – Beth Minardi

Celebrity hair colorist and salon owner Beth Minardi has dedicated her career to elevating salon coloring to an art form. Acclaimed colorist, educator, and product consultant, Beth is recognized internationally as a leading expert in all coloring phases. Beth studied painting and received a Bachelor degree in education. She began her career as a Clairol education director and was instrumental in developing and launching Logics Color Cremes.

The fifth annual Legends & Icons Charity Gala will be hosted by the inaugural International Salon and Spa Expo Midwest (ISSE Midwest), March 27, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare just outside of Chicago. For information and to purchase tickets, visit probeauty.org/issemw/details.

The PBA | NCA Legends & Icons Charity Gala raises funds to support the NCA Cares Fund, an umbrella organization benefiting three important charitable programs: CUT IT OUT/Salons Against Domestic Violence; Look Good… Feel Better; and, the NCA Disaster Relief Fund. To learn more about the NCA Cares Fund and how you can get involved, visit probeauty.org/charities.