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Go Bald or Go Home!

Chase Santoriella, 15, gets shaved in honor of his twin brother, Jake, who is battling cancer. Credits: Bob Dumas
Cristina Santoriella, goes bald for her son, Jake, as Nick Guyon of Cozi’s Barbershop adds the finishing touches. Credits: Bob Dumas
Christopher Kreinen, 7, decided to get his head shaved after he saw his friends participate. Credits: Bob Dumas
Mahopac Inn was packed to the rafters Saturday night for the St. Baldrick’s childhood cancer fundraiser. Credits: Bob Dumas
Johnny Kelly of Mahopac, left, and his friend, Sam Hamilton, show off their newly shaved heads. They were part of a team that fundraised for St. Baldrick’s. Credits: Bob Dumas
Bobby Cozi shaves Scott Rizzo, a biology teacher at Mahopac High School. An audience member later offered $50 to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation if Rizzo would have his facial hair shaved as well. Credits: Bob Dumas
Mahopac resident Steve Zagami gets a hug of support from his daughter, Maria, after he got his head shaved for St. Baldrick’s for the 11th year in a row. Credits: Bob Dumas

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Inn was packed Saturday night as people lined up to get their heads shaved and raise money for childhood cancer research.

It was all part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s annual fundraiser, which this year took in more than $40,000 for the cause at Saturday’s event.

Mahopac’s Zach Semenetz was the lead organizer for the event, which marked it the 11th year the fundraiser has been held in honor of the children of the community who have battled cancer.  Semenetz got involved in honor of his younger brother, Garrett, who overcame cancer and went on to win the Section I wrestling championship for MHS last year in the 99-pound division.

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