A cut above
PW ad rep shaves head to raise funds for cancer research
By André Coleman 03/25/2014
Pasadena Weekly advertising executive Joseluis Correa made a sacrifice few others would in efforts to help raise money to help kids suffering with cancer.
On March 19, Correa was among dozens of people who had their heads shaved as part of the annual St. Baldrick’s event at Matt Denny’s Ale House and Restaurant in Arcadia.
“Shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s Day was a great experience,” Correa said. “If me doing this helps to save just one child’s life, it was well worth it. This is a great event for a great cause.”
Correa alone raised $1,100 through 30 pledges.
This was the 13th head shaving event held at the popular restaurant and bar. Every year, members of the Arcadia and Monrovia Fire and Police departments, local residents and folks from a number of local clubs and charitable organizations raise money to helpcombat childhood cancer by taking pledges and having their locks shorn.
Co-sponsored again this year by Del Sol Salon, the local event has raised some $450,000 since 2001. Matt Denny’s and Del Sol Salon alone raised $67,167, said Matt Denny’s owner Matt McSweeny.
“According to the St. Baldrick’s Web site, we had 145 shavees,” McSweeny said. “The people from Del Sol Salon kept track and it was closer to 160 people. A lot of firemen just jumped in. It was pretty impressive.”
The money will go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which hosts about 1,300 head-shaving events a year. Since the first event was held in 2000 on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. The name St. Baldrick is actually a combination of the word “bald” and the name “Patrick.”
The Monrovia-based foundation is a national volunteer-driven charity committed to raising donor and grant funds to help pay for research into childhood cancers.
Last year the group raised $34 million for child cancer research. 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.