MADISON, NJ - On March 12, dozens of Madison residents visited DownTown Salon and Poor Herbie's Irish Pub to help raise money for a good cause. The two local businesses offered their services for the fifth year in row to help raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Despite the unusually cold weather, DownTown Salon was packed with individuals waiting to participate in the St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving event. Many fathers and sons attended the event while other family members crowded around the barber chair to take pictures and watch their style transformation.
When asked why this has become such a popular event in Madison after just five years, salon worker Leslie Heller said the reason is simple.
“It is just such a wonderful cause, and it is a fun event too,” she said.
There was one female participant this year, Regina Heater, who has shaved for the third year in a row.
Event organizer Tom Selquist was busy assisting at both the salon and across the street at Poor Herbie’s. He explained that it was actually his son’s idea to bring this event to Madison.
“I first heard of this event from a close friend of mine who’s son had cancer. I started to attend these events with my son and then it was his idea to bring it here,” he said.
He was able to report that as of 2 p.m. on Sunday, the salon had shaved over 40 heads and had raised about $55,000. He expected the event to raise close to $65,000 by the end of the day.
Although DownTown Salon did not charge anyone for their services, most donated to the cause and even reached out to others to sponsor them. Over the past five years, over 200 residents have participated raising about $300,000
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation began in 2000 with one event held in Manhattan and has grown 1200 events nationwide. To date, they have raised almost $40 million.