DETROIT – Last Saturday, the Romeo Lions Field was filled with barber chairs. The reason? The ninth annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity that collects money to fund research on childhood cancer. Every year, it organizes “shave head” events where people go and shave their head to show their support to children fighting cancer.
The first shave head event collected about 14.000 dollars, but after 4,200 head shave events and over 190,500 heads, they have raised over $118 million for childhood cancer research. The events have taken place in all 50 states in the United States as well as 28 other countries. It is one of the biggest fund raising charities that is carried out by volunteers.
Volunteer organizer, Michael Fiscus, said in an interview that this year’s goal was to raise $350.000 or more. From 1:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. barbers worked in a joyful environment shaving as many people as possible.
“In the next few weeks we will be collecting cash that was donated and collecting sponsor matching fund as well as new donations after people see what their friends and family did for St. Baldrick’s” Fiscus said.
But Detroit is not the only village hosting the event. The Alamo Beer Company opened its doors in San Antonio with the objective of raising $175,000. Three food trucks during the shave -Khoury’s Mediterranean Grill, Hot Burras, and Wingz & Thangz were prepared to receive clients and 10% of their sales went directly to charity. Menchie’s The Shops at Lincoln Heights was also present selling frozen yogurt and 20% of their sales were also destined to charity.