Events and Fundraisers

VEOs: 5 Tips to Grow Your Event

by Robb Drzewicki and Eric Bacyinski
October 14, 2014

Volunteer Event Organizers Robb Drzewicki and Eric Bacyinski aren’t content with raising the same amount for childhood cancer research year after year. Get the inside scoop on how their event at The Plymouth Roc grew from $12,000 raised in 2011 to $58,000 in 2014. Want a hint? There’s no magic involved — just old fashioned teamwork, social media savvy, creativity and loads of fun.


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Fundraising Tips

VEOs: 5 Ways to Own Your Next Event

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
August 1, 2014

Read how one St. Baldrick’s Volunteer Event Organizer got inspired and made his second head-shaving event even better than the first! Register your 2015 event now.


VEO Mike with Haven, a St. Baldrick’s Honored Kid, at the Parker, Colorado, head-shaving event.

Want to make your first, second, or third year as a Volunteer Event Organizer the best it can be? The mayor of Parker, Colorado — who also happens to be a two-time St. Baldrick’s VEO — has some sage advice for his fellow organizers.

“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?

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St. Baldrick’s VEO Uses His Voice to Help Kids With Cancer

by Emily Kilpatrick, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 28, 2014

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.

If you’re thinking about bringing beach balls to your St. Baldrick’s event, St. Baldrick’s Volunteer Event Organizer Bob GaNun has some advice for you:


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.

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7 Steps to Building a St. Baldrick’s Event from a Veteran VEO

by Rebecca Bernot, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 24, 2014

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.

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Garrett’s Tips for Creating a Successful Event Year After Year

by Emily Kilpatrick, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 5, 2014

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.”

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Do What You Want

How to Use Photography to Cure Childhood Cancers

by Alison Sutton, St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 14, 2013

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

Photo booths are all the rage right now, and it’s a simple way to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Last month, Susan Heard held her own Do What You Want fundraiser called Flashes of Gold in honor of her son, David, who has passed away from childhood cancer.

This fundraiser helped meet two criteria on David’s final bucket list: fund cures and embrace life!

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Do What You Want

Casual to Conquer: Workplace Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Foundation

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 30, 2013

Host a Casual to Conquer fundraiser in your office to raise money for children’s cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation! Empower your employees to have a little fun with casual days that makes an impact for children with cancer.

“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.

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The Room was Electric: A St. Baldrick’s Event in Hollywood, Florida

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 16, 2012

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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