Baldrick’s Day celebrated its 10th year in Avon with a bang -- or
rather a lack of bangs -- at the Avon Fire Station on Saturday
afternoon, March 19.
annual event, which is affectionately referred to by a number of local
Avon men as their “annual haircut,” raises awareness and money for the
St. Baldrick’s Foundation - a volunteer-driven charity that funds
childhood cancer research grants.
event’s local roots technically began 13 years ago, when Tina Chandler
and her daughter, Maddy, attended the Norfolk-based event while her
daughter was undergoing chemo, and it simply grew from there. For
several years, some Avon locals would make the drive up to Norfolk
every March to participate, until they decided to simply stage their
own event closer to home.
first St. Baldrick’s in Avon was held at the Avon Surf Shop, with Chloe
Sapecki as the event’s lone barber. It eventually moved to the Avon
Fire Station as more and more attendees signed up to have their heads
year’s event had five barbers, a bake sale, and a number of volunteers
who were ready and willing to have their heads shaved.
barbers were Nicole Jennette and Charidy Anders of Creative Ballance
Salon in Hatteras, Tabby Rose and Chandler Butler from Jobell's Salon
in Buxton, and Chloe Sapecki of Spa Koru who was also celebrating her
10th year as a St. Baldrick’s barber.
“I’ve never missed a year,” she said, “and that’s because of the people who are involved. We’re a close community.”
chairs were set up on one side of the hall, and a tempting bake sale
was set up on the other. The sale tables were lined with St. Patrick’s
Day-themed goodies including cupcakes, brownies, and chocolate mint
manned the central T-Shirt and button desk and signed up the walk-in
participants who didn’t pre-register for the event online and who made
a suggested donation of $25 before scoring their official St.
Baldrick’s Day T-Shirt and getting in line for a chair.
were a couple of stand-outs that the crowd watched with admiring grins
and cheered along the way, including Michelle Evans-Lord – the event’s
lone woman who bravely lopped off all of her hair, which had formerly
gone halfway down her back, to donate it to Locks of Love. “I had
cancer two years ago, and I donate it every three years,” she said, “so
I’ve been growing it for this occasion.”
two kids looked on – all grins and smiles – and FaceTimed the shaving
with their dad who happened to be overseas. “He said it looks great,”
Her kids were equally impressed and continued to grin for photos afterwards with their clean shaven mom.
“I think she actually looks better than she did before,” her son said.
“I think she looks like my Uncle Sean,” her daughter added.
stand-out was the event’s youngest participant, Landen Sonnier – a
first grader who was actually celebrating his second year of being a
St. Baldrick’s shavee. “He loved doing it last year, and wanted to do
it again,” said his mother.
who was a participant with Team Hatteras Realty, more than doubled his
goal of $100, and was the subject of a lot of smiling photos both
during and after the process – especially when a stripe was initially
shaved right down the middle of his head.
biggest money maker of the day was Donnie Smith of the Big Eye Charter
Boat at Hatteras Harbor Marina, who had raised $2,250 before the event
had even started, and who seemed surprised by the amount of donations
that had rolled in. “All I did was put it on Facebook,” he said.
Arriving at the event with a wildly full beard and head of hair, Donnie, too, left the barber’s chair grinning and clean shaven.
special shout out was also given to Eric Harmon, a 7-year participant
who, because of his repeated participation, was named by Maddy Chandler
as an official “Knight of the Bald Table.”
in all, it was a fun event – as always – with lots of folks wandering
in and signing up throughout the three-hour event, and volunteers
applauding the shavees as they exited the barber’s chair.
always a good time,” said Jenn Auguston, one of the event’s organizers.
“The whole community comes together to raise money for such a worthy
as the giggling kids who couldn’t help staring at their newly bald
parents will attest, an event that combines baked goodies, a great
cause, and a pair of clippers is going to be inherently fun.
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