Bald is beautiful and in the case of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, it is also charitable. Nearly 100 people have already signed up as shavees for the Park Lounge’s 4th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event, a nearly all day affair that brings out local residents who, in the name of finding a cure for childhood cancer, shed their locks to raise money.
This year promises to outdo last, even before the event has begun with just shy of $45,000 raised.
“To put that in perspective,” said Lounge owner, Jim Pavese, “our first year, 2009, we raised $33,000 after all was said and done.”
Pavese said this is the hard work of door-to-door fundraising, not corporate sponsorship.
“This is all volunteer driven fundraising…friends, family and people who get it.,” said Pavese. Donations also come by way of local merchants and family who contribute food.
If bald is too bold for you, sponsor a shavee and support a worthy cause. If you haven’t been to this event, head down. It is a spectator sport for sure and great fun. A team made up of Kings Park firefighters puts themselves in the chair as well as a few prominent locals and if that isn’t enough, well men is skirts just might bring you out. Last year Pavese and a few buddies donned kilts and shaved their heads.
What: Park Lounge's 4th Annual St. Baldrick's Event
When: Sunday, March 25, 12 p.m.
Where: Park Lounge, Kings Park
Why: Because kids should be kids, not patients.