Not only did shavees lose their locks for a good cause—each participant collected donations for going under the shaver—they bravely did it seated on a stage in front of an audience.
The razor came to life at 1 p.m., and buzzed nearly non-stop throughout the day, shaving more than forty heads and a couple of chins to boot. Manning the razor were barbers from The Art of Shaving, located across the hall from Rí Rá inside Mandalay Place, and celebrity shavers—Josh Strickland and Cheaza from the Peepshow and local food critic and star of the soon-to-air Travel Channel show “All Forked Up,” Al Mancini.
The winner of best in show for the day was Brittany, a young woman with a thick head of hair 26-inches long. She gave it up for not only St. Baldrick’s but for Locks of Love as well.
The seed for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was planted back in 1999 when three colleagues successful in business decided to give back by shaving their heads in exchange for donations for kids with cancer. The following year on St. Patrick’s Day the first St. Baldrick’s event was held at Jim Brady’s Pub in Manhattan. The goal was to shave 17 heads and raise $17,000. Instead 19 heads went bald and $104,000 was donated to fund research at Children’s Oncology Group. In 2007, $12.9 million was raised at 402 events.
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