St. Baldrick’s Day celebrated its 11th year on Hatteras Island at the Avon Fire Station on Sunday afternoon, March 12.
annual event, which is affectionately referred to by a number of local
area 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 14 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
shaved clean. This year, three volunteer barbers were on hand – Denise
Gaskins of Hair by the Sea in Avon, and Chandler Butler and Tabby Rose
of Salon Jobell in Buxton
year’s event also had much more than just the pre-requisite razors and
impromptu barber chairs. Live music was provided by Mike Fahey of
Frisco and Enrique Babilonia, a junior at the Cape Hatteras Secondary
School, bake sale items and pizza – courtesy of Nino’s Pizza - were
available for sale, and there was an assortment of St. Baldrick’s
items, from T-shirts to pins, on full display.
people had registered online before the event, and as usual, there were
a number of walk-ins throughout the afternoon. Organizer Jenn Auguston
estimated that a total of $1315 was raised online by 17 participants
before the event, and that total inched closer to $2000 by the end of
the Sunday event.
year seemingly has a “star” participant, whether it’s a very brave
woman, a community leader, or a first-timer, and this year’s show
stopper was Ellis Gaskins, who at 2-years-old, was also the youngest
participant at St. Baldrick’s Day. Ellis helped his grandmother and
volunteer barber, Denise Gaskins, shave his dad’s head before patiently
getting his own haircut just a few minutes later.
“They really look alike now!” said one admirer as the two posed for photos.
addition, several volunteers were honored at the event for their years
of participation, including Jenn Auguston (7 years), Warren “Tater”
Gaskins (8 years) and organizer Jenn Price (an impressive 11 years.) A
team of additional volunteers also stepped up to the plate to make the
event a success as usual, including Tina Chandler, Jessie Maestro, Liz
Mayle, and Laura Waisman, CHSS students Maddie Chandler, Finni Harmon,
and Teddy Harmon, and CHES students Evela Chandler, Jazira Christ and
previous St. Baldrick’s Day events, folks who were unable to come out
on Sunday afternoon will have another opportunity to celebrate and
support the cause.
Friday, March 17, on St. Patrick's Day, Turner’s High Moon Bar in Avon
is hosting a special oyster roast from 6 to 8 p.m. All proceeds will
benefit the Avon St. Patrick’s Day Event, and people can still sponsor
their favorite shavee or the event in general online as well – no
For more information on shavees and to make a donation, visit the event’s St. Baldrick’s fundraising page at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/447/2017.
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