They came, they shaved, they left bald. In January, 38 men and two women sat in the Gallagher Student Center atrium and shaved their heads in solidarity with child cancer patients to both raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to provide hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.
“I knew I was going to be out of my comfort zone,” says junior Kristen Alpaugh, president of the Children’s Charities Club, which organized the event. She was also one of the two women to get buzzed. “But that’s when you grow. At the end of the day, it’s just hair.”
The event raised $3,500, part of the total of $9,000 the club raised in its first year. Led by professor of psychology Cindy Dulaney, the club also held a 5k run in which 211 runners raised $3,500 for St. Baldrick’s, and it sent volunteers each week to help at the local Ronald McDonald House.
So what’s next?
“Next year, we’ll take a more local approach to the charities we’re raising money for and possibly organize a service trip in conjunction with Ronald McDonald House,” says Alpaugh. “We will continue volunteering, because when you do good, you feel good. We want to share that with everyone.”