Faith and Begorrah
‘St. Baldrick’ haircuts to help raise funds for kids with cancer
Is there really a St. Baldrick?
The answer: If there isn’t, there ought to be one.
What is certain is there are an awful lot of saintly area folks who just adore kids suffering with cancer and are willing to shave their heads in public to raise money to find a cure for them.
On March 19 — two days after St. Patrick’s Day — members of the Arcadia and Monrovia Fire and Police departments, local residents and folks with a number of local clubs and charitable organizations will be sporting bald heads starting at 6:30 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House and Restaurant.
“We usually do over 100 shavees,” said Matt Denny’s Manager Vince Agura. “We set up about seven or eight chairs in a tent in our parking lot and the beauticians from Del Sol Salon, which is next door, come in and shaves whoever signs up for it.”
According to Agura, the participants collect pledges from people for the event, which are then turned over to St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Matt Denny’s will be serving corn beef and cabbage as part of its menu, even though the real St. Patty’s days will be over for two days by then.
The event, co-sponsored again this year by Del Sol Salon, has raised some $450,000 since 2001.
As for St. Baldrick, he’s really a combination of the words “bald” and “Patrick,” since the first event was held in 2000 on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. The Monrovia-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a national volunteer-driven charity committed to raising donor and grant funds to help pay for research into childhood cancers.
According to the group’s Web site, one out of every 20 children will have cancer before their 20th birthday. More children are lost to cancer than any other disease in the world.
St. Baldrick’s hosts about 1,300 head-shaving events a year and last year raised $34 million for child cancer research.
“It’s really caught on over the years,” said St. Baldrick’s Special Event Coordinator Alfred Portillo. “There is a need for more research, because child cancer research is underfunded. People want to lend a helping hand.”
Matt Denny’s is located at 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia.
For more information, call (626) 462-0250 or visit mattdennys.com. and stbaldrick.org.