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01/13/2012 01:21 pm ET

Study: 85 Percent Of Spas Give Back To Charity

A spa that offers soothing soaks and celebrity-caliber hair treatments may seem like a place solely committed to decadence. But these days, a surprising number of spas are using their space to bring good into the world.

According to the International Spa Association , a whopping 85 percent of spas donate products and services and 69 percent percent host charitable events at their facilities.

One such generous spa includes, DePasquale, The Spa in New Jersey, which hosted its second annual Fashion Fight For A Cure in October. It raised more than $90,000 for Cancer Care at Saint Clare's, a facility that provides a full range of oncology services to its patients, SkinInc.com reports.

The event honors David DePasquale, cousin of the spa's founder, Justin Depasquale.

"We are not only honoring my cousin," Depasquale told ModernSalon.com, "but everyone that is stricken."

But these giving spas aren't just raising funds, they're also donating actual gifts to those in need.

The Borneo Post reports that the Miri Marriott Resort & Spa fulfilled the wishes of more than 400 children and orphans this week -- providing them with new clothes, books and school supplies.

The Spa also gave about $2,000 to Cleft Lip and Palate Association Of Malaysia, the news source reports.

Both the beneficiaries and those doing the giving are benefiting from such acts of kindness. Amy Elizabeth, owner of The Littlest Spa in Massachusetts, told USA Today that customers who donate can earn credits that reduce the price of her services, which has boosted business.

"The word has spread," Elizabeth said, "and now I do several treatments a day."

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