With more than $30,000 showing on this year’s website, the ten-year total of donations raised at Oswego events is over $510,000. Volunteer Event Organizer Dan Witmer has been involved since the first event in 2007, but he’s quick to give credit to others. “What started as an Oswego State men’s lacrosse team-builder has snowballed into a County-wide event including support from Oswego Firefighters, schoolchildren, other Laker teams, and families and friends of children battling cancer, and the size and scope of our efforts has grown with the help of so many people.”
As of press time, some 22 separate teams have registered this year. The leading fundraising team is Julian’s Army, named in memory of Julian Ross. His brother Brayden leads all 122 shaves in most money raised. The largest team is the Oswego State Men’s Lacrosse Team, with 31 team members and two coaches registered to shave; their website shows over $3,000 raised so far.
Approximately 16 local barbers and hair stylists will volunteer their services at Sunday’s event, and the fundraiser will also include raffle baskets and a silent auction. “We’ve got ski packages, NFL, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR items, a fishing charter, Laker hockey items, and a lot more,” says Susan DiBlasi, a member of the St. Baldrick’s planning committee.
“Everyone is invited,” said Sandy Pike, who, with her husband Dom, has been involved in Oswego’s St. Baldrick’s fundraisers since the early days. “It’s an uplifting experience, just watching men and women, young and old, sit there and have their heads shaved in solidarity with sick kids.”
This year the planning committee decided to diversify its fundraising efforts, hosting multiple events throughout the year. There was a Fajita Grill Night in January, and a Bunco Night and a chicken BBQ at Gibby’s Irish Pub in March. On Monday night the Oswego Sub Shop is hosting a St. Baldrick’s Night, and in May there will be a Julian’s Shamrock Kids’ Run and 5K. June will offer a St. Baldrick’s Golf Tournament at Tamarack Golf Course and a Father’s Day Breakfast at the Oswego Masons.
To make a donation, register as a shavee or volunteer, or just learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, go to www.stbaldricks.org.