Islanders get their heads shaved
money for cancer research
By ERICKA VILLALOBOS
When Ginger Wojciechowski went to work at Frank and Fran’s tackle shop
in Avon on Saturday morning, March 12, she had no idea that, by the end
of the day, she would have a shaved head and, more importantly, bring
in one of the biggest donations to this year’s St. Baldrick’s Day event
in Avon to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Early Saturday morning her boss, Frank Folb, went on-air to inform
Outer Banks radio listeners that he would be shaving his head and beard
for the fundraiser and any donations to support the foundation would be
greatly appreciated. When Wojciechowski heard him saying
she made an on-air pledge to shave her head as well if $500 was raised
by the time of the event.
“The $500 was raised within FIVE minutes, and the donations have kept
coming in since. By 3 p.m., we were up to $1,500,” said Wojciechowski.
Before her head was shaved, at least 10 inches of hair was cut and
saved for Locks of Love, another charity dedicated to helping children
with cancer by making wigs out of donated hair.
More than 60 other islanders joined Wojciechowski to have their heads
shaved for childhood cancer research. They were male and
and young and old. When they arrived they had trim cuts or
hair or long braids – from which they were soon parted.
The Kinnakeet Civic Association and Avon Surf Shop hosted Hatteras
Island’s fifth annual St. Baldrick’s event last Saturday, March 12, at
the Avon Fire House.
St. Baldrick’s is a fundraising event that began on March 17, 2000,
when three people decided to transform their St. Patrick’s Day party
into a head-shaving event to benefit children with cancer.
their goal of $17,000 was not only met but skyrocketed to more than
$100,000, they knew they had to spread the St. Baldrick’s spirit.
Nearly 11 years later, supporters all around the world have raised more
than $90 million for life-saving childhood cancer research by shaving
On Hatteras Island, the spirit of St. Baldrick’s Day is spreading and
proves to be a little stronger each year as more islanders volunteer to
be “shavees” and more folks pledge money to see them with shaved heads.
While the official figures may take a few weeks to tally, Hatteras
Island supporters raised $5,687 just through Internet donations and
another $3,700 at the door on Saturday.
Jen Harmon of Avon Surf Shop expects total donations to be
$10,000 this year, more than tripling the goal and substantially
exceeding last year’s total.
Another big contributor at the event was Cindy Seigel who, with the
help of co-workers at Midgett Realty, was able to raise $1,500 for the
charity. Seigel said she would see how much hair grew back
volunteering to be a “shavee” again next year.
While two of the biggest donors of the day were women, there were
plenty of men and children also doing their part to contribute to the
Eight year-old Al Hodges III of Hatteras village was able to raise $600
in less than a month with the help of family and friends before he had
his head shaved yesterday.
For more information on how to donate to St. Baldrick’s anytime of year
or to take part in next year’s event, please visit www.stbaldricks.org.
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