37 events, thousands of participants, and over $235,000 raised for childhood cancer research — it’s safe to say the ultimate college head-shaving showdown had a successful second season. But who came out on top in this year’s Battle of the Bald? The results are in — read more to find out!
All images courtesy of Laurie Aiello
With her son Grant in her lap, her father getting shaved in the seat next to her, and her daughter helping guide the razor, Katrina Learned’s head-shave became more than a fundraiser — it was a moving family moment.
Katrina was the top fundraiser at the event, raising just over $14,000 for childhood cancer research and helping propel the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute event to the top of the charts for the second annual Battle of the Bald.
It’s the ultimate college showdown — St. Baldrick’s head-shaving style.
March Madness may have ended, but this college showdown just started.
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!
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.
Sometimes, a VEO needs a little direction, like a freshman without a map on the first day of class. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are five tips to get you started on organizing the best head-shaving event your campus has ever seen.
1. Get a little help from your friends
Know someone who’s majoring in accounting? There’s your treasurer! How about a communications major? They can help you advertise your event! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work — plus, what’s better than working with friends?
We’re shaving heads to find cures for kids’ cancer. Sound crazy? Maybe. But here are five great reasons you’ll want to join us.
The first St. Baldrick’s event at Valparaiso University in 2011.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an event near me.
I decided to bring the idea to my soccer coach to start a St. Baldrick’s event at Valpo. He agreed, and for the past four years we have been putting on a head-shaving event.
Student shavees at the 2013 St. John’s University head-shaving event. Photos by Jihad Nammou.
Students all over the country have been deciding that their passion is to help cure childhood cancer. And many have taken it upon themselves to start a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser on their campus.