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St. Baldrick’s cancer benefit set

Three women (left to right) Tiffany Pikula, Michelle Gutierrez, and Shelby Bley, sport their newly shaved heads after takinging it on off durning the St. Baldrick's fundraiser held at Shorty's Backyard Bar and Grill. Chieftain photo John Jaques 3.17.12
Three women (left to right) Tiffany Pikula, Michelle Gutierrez, and Shelby Bley, sport their newly shaved heads after takinging it on off durning the St. Baldrick's fundraiser held at Shorty's Backyard Bar and Grill. Chieftain photo John Jaques 3.17.12

Do you want to see lots of shaved heads, hear some great music and contribute to a great cause all at the same time?

The 3rd annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fundraiser and Family Fest is all set for March 15 at Jimmy’s Tavern, 324 S. McCulloch Blvd, in Pueblo West. This year’s event features entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Five top local bands have donated their time and talent to provide the backdrop for a very important goal — to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. Though worldwide, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, research to find a cure is significantly underfunded.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation works with local volunteer groups across the country who hold events to raise money.

“Our goal this year, $20,000, is very ambitious,” said Grant Shay, Pueblo West event organizer for the third time. “Last year, we raised over $12,000, and we’re hoping that with community support, we can surpass that.”

Starting at 11 a.m,, the event will kick off with a demonstration by Bendell’s Karate, then live music all day, food, face-painting, car show, silent auction, green lemonade and beer — and the premiere event, head-shaving, where individuals, also known as “shavees,” raise money and then have their heads shaved in solidarity with those many children who have lost their hair to cancer treatments.

“Each year, this is becoming more and more of a community event with fun for the whole family and also serving the greater purpose of helping kids fight cancer,” Shay said.

Many local merchants are helping out by donating cash and items to be auctioned, or in two cases, pledging a percentage of sales to St. Baldrick’s.

People don’t need to get their heads shaved to get in on the action. All donations, large and small, from individuals or teams are welcome. Donations will be accepted at the event or on-line at www.PuebloWestHatesCancer.com. Collection jars have also been set up at various locations around town.

This year, the Pueblo Young Marines, a PW softball team, a drag racer group, a motorcycle club, PWHS DECA, and the PW Fire Department have all planned to participate. In addition, the PW Sheriff’s Department will be on hand with free child safety identity kits.

The event will take place rain or shine. For more information or to volunteer, call Grant Shay at 248-6328 or Jimmy’s Tavern at 647-1442. More information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and pictures from past events are available at www.PuebloWestHatesCancer.com.

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