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John Paul DeJoria
Los Angeles, CA

John Paul DeJoria traces both his entrepreneurial drive and passion for environmental activism back to the Variety Boys Club in East Los Angeles. Soon after he joined the Club, John Paul was selling the planters he constructed in the wood shop – his first profit-making endeavor. The Club’s Mount Wilson summer camp provided formative experiences in nature. Co-founder of both John Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patron Spirits Company, John Paul has received numerous honors for philanthropy and green business practices. His generous donation is helping to make possible a complete renovation of the Variety Boys & Girls Club’s 65-year-old building.

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