Shave for the Brave hopes to raise $25K for child-cancer research
MALTA – Shave for the Brave, a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Remington’s Gastropub, 102 S. Third St. in Malta.
The second annual event, held in collaboration by Remington’s and Fatty’s Pub & Grille in DeKalb, will feature about 40 community members getting their heads shaved to raise money for child-cancer research.
Last year, 23 people went under the razor, including Remington’s owner Kristen Catencamp, and nearly $24,000 was raised, exceeding the $15,000 goal. This year, the goal is to raise $25,000.
The fundraiser will have a street-party atmosphere. The road outside Remington’s will be closed off, and tents will be set up. In addition to the haircutting, there will be a DJ, face painting, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a nacho and pretzel stand.
Last year, the event honored Jake, the son of Fatty’s owner Jeff Dobie. This year, 4-year-old Mattis Vera of Malta, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will be honored.
“It’s a fun event, with everyone cheering and laughing, but there’s not a dry eye in the place,” Catencamp said. “Everyone knows why we shave, it’s a way to show our solidarity. We cry not for the loss of the hair, but because we’re helping to positively impact the life of a child with cancer.”
Anyone interested in participating by having their head shaved or by volunteering can register through the day of the event. For more information about Shave for the Brave or to donate, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/13361/2019.