Sun City resident wins national contest

Making people beautiful is rewarding in its own right, but for Sun City Hilton Head resident Phyllis Doyle, beauty just got better.

The sales consultant for the Dallas-based cosmetics company Mary Kay Inc. won a national contest and will have a Habitat for Humanity home built in her honor. Open to the company's about 600,000 independent sales consultants in the U.S., the contest was called "Get Beautiful. Give Back." The participant that did the most makeovers won the grand prize--a Habitat for Humanity house built in the winner's name in the location of her choice.

Doyle completed the highest number of consumer makeovers during a two month period to win.

"I never thought I could ask my customers to help me win a prize until I heard about this particular contest," Doyle said. "Being able to help someone have a home was the motivation I needed. Because this goal was so special, so unique and so worthwhile, I was willing to step out of my comfort zone knowing that ultimately it would help someone else."

Doyle said she strongly believes that the social benefits of homeownership significantly improve the quality of life for families.

"Strong families help build strong communities," she said.

Doyle's Habitat house will be built in Morris County, New Jersey, by the non-profit organization's affiliate there.

Before moving to Bluffton in 2007, Doyle worked for the United Way in Morris County, where she often partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help United Way agency clients find housing and be responsible homeowners.

Doyle said she will attend the home's ground breaking on Oct. 16, where she will be joined by Mary Kay beauty consultants from the area. She'll return to work on the house with other volunteers, and will be at the dedication (as part of her prize, Mary Kay will fly her up for the dedication, where she will meet the family who will live in the house.)

The family who will own the house hasn't been chosen yet; Morris County Habitat for Humanity will follow the organization's regular application and selection process.

In addition to her work in the beauty business, Doyle is a volunteer with United Way of the Lowcountry, where she is the 2011 Bluffton Campaign Chairwoman.

About Mary Kay

Mary Kay is one of the world's largest direct selling companies with more than $2.5 billion in annual wholesale sales worldwide. Founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash, the company has more than 2.5 independent consultants worldwide. The company has built 10 Habitat for Humanity Houses.