Editor's note: The following is a release from Sport Clips Haircuts.
For the fourth consecutive year, Sport Clips Haircuts locations in the greater Chicago area have joined in the fight against childhood cancer by setting shears in motion at the annual Bolingbrook 4 Kids head shaving event benefitting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
This year’s event took place March 24 at the . By the day’s end, 333 individuals volunteered to “go bald” for the cause and $156,500 was raised through sponsored “shavees”, silent auctions, and raffles.
The funds will go to support St. Baldrick’s general fund.
“We’re so proud to be a part of this community, especially when we see our clients and friends from Bolingbrook, and from out of town, turn out to support such an important cause,” said Bob Orr, who owns Sport Clips locations in Bolingbrook and Oswego. “St. Baldrick’s funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other volunteer organization - shaving heads was a fun way for our stylists to lend their talents in support of their important work.”
Among the top fundraising teams were Liberty Elementary School with $46,542 and the Blue Knights (local police) with $14,127 raised. The top “family” group raised more than $11,600 for the cause. For more details, click here.
In addition to fundraising activities, Bolingbrook 4 Kids provided guests with a variety of musical entertainment, refreshments from local restaurants, and games. Local cancer survivors were also recognized that evening.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The organization began as a challenge between friends in 2000, and has grown into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research.