Braving the Shave

I couldn’t even hear the clippers.TJ-shaggy

I wasn’t deaf, I wasn’t distracted, it was just LOUD at Uptown Grille, the host for the St. Baldrick’s event. The place was packed for St. Patrick’s Day! I understand that several people made good use of the crowded bar to raise more funds for children’s cancer research.

TJ being shaved

I arrived later than I wanted. I walked in feeling like a cross between Santa Claus (old with a white beard), Scrooge (grumpy), and Charlie Brown (a loser for falling far short of my goal of $1,000).

The organizer, Emily MacBeth, had recruited a sizable team to manage everything. Between the registration desk, shavers, photographers, silent auction managers, there was a lot to do. In a word, it was overwhelming!TJ-shaved

Even though the volunteers had been there several hours, they were cheerful, welcoming, and grateful. I can’t count how many times I heard, “Thank you for doing this.” I left feeling lighter (how much does hair weigh?), younger (no more white!), and like I made a difference (I raised about $400).

Will I do it again? I don’t know. It’s a worthy cause, but growing my beard wasn’t fun. I have a few months to think about it. Maybe there will be stubble again in January.

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Countdown to the St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser

St Baldrick's Fundraiser at Uptown Grille

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Tomorrow afternoon people will be converging on Uptown Grille in Commerce Township for the 2010 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraising event. It’s going to be a big deal, with head-shaving, a silent auction with some really great items, and a lot of fun. Come on out! I will be there in the evening.

Even if you can’t come to the event, you can still contribute. Click the orange button to donate.

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Half-off Challenge

Cancer is an ugly enough on its own. Children getting cancer is even sadder.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for children’s cancer. I set a goal of raising $1,000. It’s time to turn up the heat a bit, and I’m raising the stakes. Watch the video to see more…

If you want to find out how I look with half a head of hair, go to my donation page. When the total passes $1000 I will shave off half of my hair and beard, and leave it that way until the event at Uptown Grille on March 17.

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