St. Baldrick’s Foundation “Brave the Shave”
Upcoming St. Baldrick’s Events:
South Lake Tahoe St. Baldrick’s March 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. For more information or to sign up as a shavee visit the South Lake Tahoe St. Baldrick’s page here.
Reno St. Baldrick’s March 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Reno Livestock Event Center Exhibit Hall. For more information or to sign up as a shavee visit the Reno St. Baldrick’s page here.
NNCCF raises more than $220,000 at 2012 event
Thanks to a high turnout of community supporters on March 17, the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation raised more than $220,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation to find a cure to pediatric cancers.
NNCCF’s annual event in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s “Brave the Shave” at the Reno Livestock Events Center Exhibit Hall brought out thousands of locals who watched 306 shavees go bald for a good cause.
“It was an amazing event,” said NNCCF executive director. “I teared up on a number of occasions watching our participants and listening to all these moving stories. I just couldn’t believe how awesome the shavees and volunteers were. It also warms my heart that I know all these kids have been in the fight and we’re all striving together to find a cure for them.”
Shavees included 85 children and teens and 70 females. Each round of shavees on the platform produced various stories, reasons and dedications for the participants’ willingness to submit to the razor. KBUL personalities Austin and Jen, who emceed the event, read comments and stories from shavees who shared how they personally had survived or had loved ones who have died from cancer.
Each shavee must have raised $100 to participate, though many brought in much more. The top three individual fundraisers not part of a team for the event were Mike Shuler of Reno, who raised $13,725.50; Rhonda Strunk of Reno, who raised $5,895; and Benjamin Haynie of Washoe Valley, who raised $1,605.
The top three teams that raised the most were Kylee’s Wish, sponsored by Blind Dog Coffee, Triad Plastics and IGT, with $42,811.55; Intuit QuickBuzz Payroll with $28,489.12 and Sweet-Pea with $14,548.
Money raised is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.
The St. Patrick’s Day event was held with the help of 64 volunteers, including 22 hairstylists, seven sweepers clearing the stages of piles of hair and about 35 helping with registration and various needs.
For more information about the event, go to www.stbaldricks.org.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. It was founded on March 17, 2000, when three insurance executives transformed their industry’s St. Patrick’s Day party into a head-shaving event to benefit youth with cancer.