MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Inn was packed Saturday night with people waiting to get their heads shaved.
It wasn’t the result of raucous partying—it was Mahopac’s 13th annual St. Baldrick’s Day event where over 30 “shavees” went bald in solidarity with children who lose their hair after chemotherapy treatments, while raising money for childhood cancer research.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The first St. Baldrick’s event took place in 2000 in Manhattan where 19 shavees raised more than $100,000. To date, St. Baldrick’s has provided more than $258 million in research grant funds and countless heads have been shaved.
The local event’s organizer, Zach Semenetz, is a Mahopac native who has organized St. Baldrick, along with his family, since its start in 2007.
“My younger brother, Garrett, is a childhood cancer survivor,” he said. “I started doing this for him back in high school. It’s amazing to see the community come together each year to raise money for such an important cause. The event has gotten bigger and bigger every year.”
Last year, Mahopac St. Baldrick’s raised over $58,000 and the goal for this year’s event is $60,000.
The family-friendly event also featured food, drinks and raffles, with prizes that included a 50-inch TV, as well as a 50/50 drawing.
It’s still not too late to donate. Go to stbaldricks.org/events/mahopac2019.