Fifty-five brave participants showed up at the Avon Fire Station to
shave their heads for a worthy cause at Avon’s annual St. Baldrick’s
Day event on Saturday, March 17.
organizer Jennifer Harmon says the turnout and the success of the event
was fantastic, although not entirely unexpected.
feel like this year we knew exactly what to do, and things went very
smoothly – it’s amazing that for such a small island we’re able to come
together and raise a lot of money,” she said.
raise a lot of money for children with cancer they did.
goal for this year’s St. Baldrick’s Day was $14,000. While final totals
are still being calculated, so far, online and on-site donations total
over $12,000, and Jennifer is fairly confident that they reached their
goal, and hopefully then some.
was in no small part due to two big ticket participants, Mandy Haage
Fuller and Rubie Shoemaker.
and Mandy were two of the incredibly brave seven ladies who volunteered
to shave their heads. The other sister shavees were Eryn Thomas, Jenny
Creech, Ruthie Marshall, Amber McDowell, and Bobbi Whitley.
Rubie raised $2,000 for going under the razor, and Mandy, who had an
original goal of $2,000, was able to generate $3,125 in online, check,
and cash donations for shaving off her 20 inches of hair.
husband, Jamie, and her two children, Gracie and Jack, are adjusting to
the change well.
actually helped shave my head, and Jack rubbed my head this morning
with a wondering look of ‘Where did mommy’s hair go?’ but everyone is
fine with it now,” she says. “We’re so excited and I’m amazed at all
the donations. I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m so happy with all the
support, and I’m also happy the weather is so warm right now!”
hairdressers Chloe Sapecki, Denise Gaskins, and Terry Lorenzo performed
the shavings, and Jennifer estimates that about 90 percent of the
participants were repeat attendees.
While final totals are being calculated, everyone agrees the event was,
as usual, a wonderful and fun success, resulting in thousands of
dollars of donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundations, and a newly
clean-shaven Hatteras Island population, just in time for spring.
Baldrick’s Day was started in 2000 to recognize and generate donations
for children with cancer. The shaved heads serve as a reminder of
children who have had to undergo chemotherapy and have lost all of
their hair. Starting as an informal conversation between friends, the
event quickly grew in its short lifespan and is now celebrated annually
in 18 different countries.
the event started very much the same way. Jennifer Harmon, owner of
Avon Surf Shop, first heard of St. Baldrick’s after a chat with her
friends, Ray and Tina Chandler, and Warren “Tater” Gaskins III, who had
made a trek to Norfolk to participate in the event, and who has
participated locally every year since.
it has become an annual tradition of sorts for Hatteras Island locals
to head to the Avon Fire Station on St. Baldrick’s Day to get their
post-winter “haircut,” and shed their grizzled off-season persona for a
clean shaven summer look, all while helping a good cause.
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