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VEO Mike with Haven, a St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid, at the Parker, Colorado, head-shaving event.
“Own it and have fun. That’s what it’s all about,” Mike Waid said.
Mike’s “Shave the Mayor” event kicked off in 2013, with a call to the citizenry of the small town of Parker to participate and a goal of raising $2,000. Who could resist seeing their elected official go under the razor?
Bob shares his best (and worst) ideas for a great head-shaving event.
St. Baldrick’s VEO Bob GaNun talks to a young shavee at his Floral Park event, which has raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer research.
It seemed like a good idea at first. “I thought, we’ll kick the beach balls around…it will be like a concert,” Bob said. But once they got the beach balls on the stage, things got hairy. “There was hair floating all over the place, hair sticking to the beach balls. Everybody popped them. But it was funny.”
Fun is what Bob brings to his St. Baldrick’s event year after year, and it works. Since 2009, his event at the Trinity Bar and Restaurant in Floral Park, New York, has raised over $1 million for children’s cancer research.
A San Antonio VEO shares his tips and tricks.
Paul and his sons with Aubrey, a childhood cancer survivor, at a St. Baldrick’s event in San Antonio last year.
It all started with a poster in a Starbucks.
That’s how volunteer event organizer (VEO) Paul Harris first heard about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The flyer advertising a head-shaving event to benefit childhood cancer research right there in San Antonio looked especially appealing to Paul’s two young boys, Coda and Wyland, who were excited to sign up as shavees.
Not knowing what to expect, Paul and his sons showed up on the big day, and they were hooked.
Participating in a St. Baldrick’s event in March was something Paul and his sons looked forward to every year after that. They drove to Austin for the Dell Children’s Medical Center event three years in a row when there wasn’t a St. Baldrick’s event in their hometown. The following year, Paul made it his New Year’s resolution to bring St. Baldrick’s back to San Antonio.
The March 2014 San Antonio event will mark Paul’s third year as a VEO. He shares his advice for new VEOs, veteran VEOs looking to grow their event, or anyone considering starting their own St. Baldrick’s tradition.
A top VEO shares his best fundraising tips.
St. Baldrick’s VEO Garrett Lamp tells us how he keeps his Viera, Florida, event growing in its fourth year.
Garrett Lamp is a St. Baldrick’s Volunteer Event Organizer — or VEO — for the fourth year in a row. St. Baldrick’s volunteers at his Viera, Florida, events have raised more than half a million dollars to cure childhood cancer, and they’re not done yet.
“We set up a five year goal,” Garrett said. “One million dollars raised for pediatric cancer research.”
How did an event that started with a $25,000 goal in 2010 end up with a five-year plan to raise one million dollars for kids’ cancer research? Garrett said the one thing that has helped his events grow the most is passion for St. Baldrick’s cause to Conquer Childhood Cancers.
“There’s not a better cause out there to fundraise for,” Garrett said. “There are a lot of unbelievable things out there, but children with cancer — you can’t explain to me why a kid gets cancer. It’s just a horrible disease…and I want to see an end come to that.”
How can you use your love for photography to fundraise for childhood cancer research? Start a Do What You Want fundraiser with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!
Start a photo booth fundraiser to cure kids with cancer! Photos by Elaine Zelker Photography
This fundraiser helped meet two criteria on David’s final bucket list: fund cures and embrace life!
“Casual to Conquer is not only a great way to support a cause our firm has embraced, but a great way to enhance employee morale. Some mornings it just makes getting off to work easier knowing you can slip into a pair of jeans and flip-flops.”
-Kristin Downey, Director of Human Resources, AmWINS Group, Inc.
A St. Baldrick’s event interview with Chris Haggerty, shavee and co-organizer of the Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub event in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 15. This event raised more than $42,000 for children’s cancer research!
What motivated you to get involved with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation?
My first experience with St. Baldrick’s was as a shavee last year. When I signed up, I asked my friends if they knew a local child with cancer that I could talk to and honor. Several people told me about Maddie.
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