Jul 29, 2014

Naperville Raises Thousands of Dollars for St. Baldrick's

Hundreds of people came out Friday night to watch as locks were shorn to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

It was a hair raising event Friday night as locks were clipped, snipped, shorn and shaved off in order to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The nonprofit funds childhood cancer research.

From tots of 6 or 7 to adults, male and female, the willing lined up to have their hair shaved off. Each participant who had their head shaved raised funds for the foundation. The amounts ranged from hundreds to thousands of dollars. 

Over the last seven years, the event has raised about $700,000 in Naperville, said Tim Jordan, one of the event's organizers. This was the eighth year it was held in Naperville. The fundraiser was held at . 

Several participants were honored by being inducted into the Knights of the Bald Table, having clipped their hair off for 7 years or more. Among those inducted into the Knights of the Bald Table was Roger Otto, a Naperville Police officer, who dressed up as Elvis to make the evening a little more festive.

Also shaving off what hair was left on their heads was Mayor George Pradel and City Councilors Paul Hinterlong and Bob Fiesler. 

The Garrett family, Steve, Rita and son Evan, 18, all shaved their heads Friday night. The family raised a combined $2,600 for St. Baldrick's. Evan has been cancer free for five years. 

The event was sponsored by the and departments. Stylists clipping hair were from , and . 

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