Event encourages shaving heads for a good cause

May. 05, 2014 @ 07:55 PM

Keep calm, and go bald.

This is the message sponsors of Henderson’s first St. Baldrick’s Day want to communicate.

The Henderson Police Department, Hubert E. Tyndall Lodge No. 33 and Downtown Development Commission are working together to raise funds for kids with cancer — and shave some heads in the process.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation supports research for childhood cancers through individuals and teams who collect donations for the cause.

Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow said the agency decided to have the event because of the personal connections he and other officers have with disease.

“In July 2010, I lost my father to cancer,” he said. “I’ve heard of this event in the past few years, and it just hit home.”

The sponsors hope to raise $5,000 by May 31. They are already more than 80 percent there.

Five teams — including the Henderson Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Emergency Operations Center — and 35 participants have raised more than $4,100.

Of the 35 individuals, about 20 people have agreed to shave their heads for the event that will be held on Garnett Street.

On May 31, there will be booths from Chick-fil-A, Quacks & Racks, Vance County Rescue Squad, Allstate Insurance and Pelican Snowball.

Even Boho the clown will make an appearance.

There will also be a cornhole tournament and prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams.

Prizes for the tournament include a YETI cooler, two tickets to a Tim McGraw concert and free Chick-fil-A for a year.

A $30 gift card for Journigan’s Tire and Battery, a gift card for Royal Nails and Spa, and a gift basket from Sheetz will be raffled off at the event as well.

A prize will be given to the downtown business that receives the most donations.

For those interested in participating in the cornhole tournament, complete a registration form and pay $20 to J. West, 200 Breckenridge St., Henderson, or call (252) 432-1558.

For businesses interested in getting involved, a minimum donation of $25 is required. Businesses should contact Pam Hester with the Downtown Development Commission.

To learn more about the teams and individuals taking part in Henderson’s event, go to stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/11180/2014.



Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.