St. Baldrick's fundraiser
The 2015 St. Baldrick's event will be on March 8 at the Scottish Rite Ballroom at 315 WHP!
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St. Paddy’s themed event in Collingswood aims to raise 150k for pediatric cancer research
Collingswood and the Collingswood Fire Department will again host the party-fundraiser of the year with the goal of raising $150,000 for pediatric cancer research. The 10th annual St. Baldrick’s event will be held on Sunday, March 8.
The Irish-themed event, filled with music, food, auctions, dancing and drinks takes place at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike) from noon to 5 p.m. St. Baldrick’s is best known for its signature head-shaving events in which guests cut their hair in support of pediatric cancer patients who often lose their hair during cancer treatments.
For those that dread to shed, however, head shaving isn’t a requirement for admission. Those interested can support the cause just by coming to the party. Collingswood’s team, Collingswood Firefighters For A Kid’s Cure, comprised of Borough firefighters and supporters has raised more than six figures for the foundation in prior years. In 2015, they’ll go under the clippers again with hopes of meeting their fundraising goal of $150,000.
Last year more than 1,000 people attended the Collingswood event and nearly 400 people lost thier locks in solidarity. The event includes a ticket raffle with the option to win prizes similar to those of previous years such as gift certificates, sporting goods, appliances, toys, gift baskets and other big-ticket items.
Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has shaved more than 150,000 heads at more than 3,900 events around the world. Funds raised at each event allow the Foundation to award research and infrastructure grants to childhood cancer researchers to find cures and improve the quality of life for patients and survivors.
Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has committed more than $56.9 million in research grants. In 2012, volunteers raised more than $30 million. It was a huge success that allowed the foundation to mark a milestone—$100 million in childhood cancer research grants since 2005. This year supporters plan to keep the ball rolling.
“It’s going to be a great experience for the community,” said Kevin Ehret, Collingswood Firefighter and organizer. “We even have an Irish band, The Broken Shillelaghs, that will really keep the party going. It’s all about bringing people together and working towards a cure.”
This event is family-friendly. A donation of $10 is required for guests 11 & over, shavees aged 10 & under are admitted free. The ticket includes a free buffet and unlimited soft drinks for the event. A cash bar will be available all day with $1 beers. Ample parking is available at the Scottish Rite.
Organizers are seeking donations! If you would like to contribute a prize, please contact firefighter Kevin Ehret at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned to Collingswood.com or go to www.stbaldricks.org to learn more. You can also visit the Collingswood Firefighters for a Kids’ Cure page to make a donation at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/22/2014