Announcing the Winners of the First-Ever Battle of the Bald

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
December 15, 2015

It was the ultimate showdown — the first Battle of the Bald between colleges to see who could raise the most money for lifesaving childhood cancer research. Now, the dust has settled and the results are in!

Battle of the Bald

First place:  Delta Tau Delta at Kennesaw State University

First prize goes to the Iota Theta chapter of Delta Tau Delta at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, for their long-running Greeks Go Bald event. Held at a local mall to involve the whole community, the event raised a mind-blowing $33,042 in a mere two months.

Kennesaw State University logo

What was their secret? Pure determination.

“Our event was so successful because we set our goals high and were determined to break it,” said VEO Anthony Menezes. “Many people told us that there was no way Delta Tau Delta was going to raise so much money in two months, but we proved everyone wrong by working together and motivating each other to raise more than our goals.”

Second place: Virginia Tech Baseball

The Virginia Tech baseball team after their St. Baldrick's fundraiser

The Virginia Tech baseball team raised a whopping $28,776 for childhood cancer research during a spook-tacular event — a Halloween-themed baseball game.

The student-athletes batted, pitched and ran the bases dressed as everything from Gumby to the gang from Scooby Doo. Then, of course, the entire team braved the shave there on the field.

Their shave is a manifestation of the motto of Virginia Tech — “Ut Prosim,” which is Latin for the phrase “That I May Serve.”

“It’s something that’s in our DNA as Hokies — to give back — and I think you see that in this type of event,” said Austin Hartsook, the director of baseball operations at the school and organizer of the event.

Santiago Canyon College logo

Third place: Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College in Orange, California, came together to raise $17,206 for childhood cancer research, beating last year’s total by a brilliant $7,000!

This school is committed to childhood cancer research — this event marks their seventh year braving the shave. Altogether, the Southern California community college has raised almost $39,500 for childhood cancer research. Keep soaring for St. Baldrick’s, Santiago Canyon Hawks!

Battle of the Bald may be over, but you can still start your own head-shaving event for kids with cancer — register today!


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