Greenwich Braves the ‘Shave for St. Baldrick’s’


Kerry Gavin, event organizer, with his son Dylan and father-in-law John B. Verrier.

Western Middle School’s event “Greenwich Braves the Shave” will take place on Thursday, March 14 to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This annual event enlists “shavees” to shave their head to raise money for childhood cancer research.

“We have over 20 shavees signed up,” reported Kerry Gavin, Western Middle School Assistant Principal and event organizer. “There is still time to sign up and help us reach our goal.”  

Gavin, who shaves his head each year, has organized the St. Baldrick’s signature head-shaving event for sixteen years. “No bed head, no hat head. You save money on hair care products and trips to the barber,” said Gavin about the benefits of going bald. “You are raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research.  You set a good example of service. You make a difference to others. You are a hero.”

Gavin raised $20,000 at last year’s event and $156,000 to date for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds the most promising cancer research just for kids. St. Baldrick’s is the top private funder of childhood cancer research grants in the U.S. and around the world.

Each year, thousands of volunteers like Gavin, organize fundraisers, such as Greenwich Braves the Shave to raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s events are the largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefiting pediatric cancer research.

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