Real Glendale Business Woman, Inspired by Reality Star Kim Kardashian, Mounts Surreal Mayoral Race To Raise Awareness and Funds for Glendale Healthy Kids


Helen McDonagh, owner of Massage Envy Spa of Glendale, inspired by Kim Kardashian’s quip regarding her desire to run for mayor of Glendale, is mounting a faux mayoral campaign.  While McDonagh has no interest in obtaining political office at this time, she has her heart set on campaigning for the health and wellness of Glendale’s low-income families who, without Glendale Healthy Kids, are not able to provide much needed preventative care for their children. From May 7 through June 30th, to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, McDonagh will be campaigning for “Mayor of Glendale.” All campaign contributions will go to Glendale Healthy Kids. 

Glendale, California, May 7, 2012—  Reading  the April 30th article in the Glendale News Press regarding Kim Kardashian’s comments about the reality star running for Mayor of Glendale inspired Helen McDonagh. “I decided that I should “throw my hat in the ring,” but to campaign for a good cause.”

McDonagh chose one of her long-time favorite Glendale charities, Glendale Healthy Kids. Her “mayoral race” will kick off this Wednesday during the Taste Of Glendale at her Massage Envy Spa Campaign Headquarters.

The McDonagh for “Mayor” campaign will be taking donations on their Facebook Fan page,, through the Fundly app and on Additionally, from May 7 through June 30th, McDonagh will donate 10% of all gift card sales to Glendale Healthy Kids. To encourage donations, anyone who joins her “Super PAC,” with donations of $100 and up will be given upgrades on massage and spa services. She will also be giving kickbacks (free upgrades) to gift card purchasers.

“We’re hoping we can raise $10,000 or more during my ‘bid for mayor,’” said McDonagh, who has no interest in running for public office at this time. Many speculate that the community-minded business owner will be encouraged to run for office within the next few years.

While Helen McDonagh is no celebrity, she is a well-known voice in the Glendale business community. The President of the Downtown Glendale Merchants Association and owner of Massage Envy Spa of Glendale attends Glendale City Council meetings regularly, donates to many local charities, and often hosts charitable events in the large lobby of her clinic.

As a mother of two children, McDonagh empathizes with parents who struggle to provide adequate health care for their children, such as regular dental visits and checkups, routine physicals and medicine.

Massage Envy Spa of Glendale was awarded Business of the Year by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and in 2011 was awarded Business of the Year by the Glendale Latino Association.

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For information on purchasing donation gift cards: Massage Envy Spa of Glendale, 333 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, California, 818.246.ENVY (3689).

About Glendale Healthy Kids

Glendale Healthy Kids mission is to ensure that children have access to health care and health education. Their vision is to create a community in which every child has optimal health. In 1993, the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation formed a committee to determine the health needs of underprovided children in the community. A needs assessment revealed that uninsured children of the working poor were particularly limited in their ability to receive preventative care. Local emergency rooms and school nurses were providing primary care to the children who had no other access to physicians, dentists or specialists. As a result, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Unified School District, and the City of Glendale joined together and formed Glendale Healthy Kids.