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    Fundraising Teams Go Head to Head for St. Baldrick’s

    from press release


    With the Sunday, April 15 head-shaving event just a few weeks away, some 21 fundraising teams are busy collecting donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the world’s largest private (non-government) funder of childhood cancer research.
    “The teams vary, from one or two members to 30, from young to old, from male to female,” explained Volunteer Event Coordinator Dan Witmer.  “By joining or forming teams, they can work together and compete against other groups as they collect donations.  The competitive spirit helps motivate everyone, and the end result is more and more money for life-saving research grants.”
    Like last year, the Oswego State men’s lacrosse team has the largest team of fundraisers – 32 – and so far the St. Baldrick’s website shows that they’ve raised more than $2,500.  New this year, the Lakers’ men’s soccer team has also joined up, with 23 team members registered.  “They just got started, and they’ve raised more than $350 in three days,” said Witmer.  Both of those teams include the head coach.
    The leading team, with just four shavees registered, is the Team #22 group; they’ve raised more than $5,200 to date.  The team consists of friends and family of a local family with ties to Oswego State and a son who is currently undergoing cancer treatments.
    The second-place team, with $3,575 showing, is Charlie’s Angels, another new team this year.  Its seven members are friends and family of a local girl who is also battling cancer.  Leading their fundraising efforts is Jim Omundsen, who is second overall in money raised so far.
    Other teams are unique – like the Bearded Brethren, a trio of local men who shave at the St. Baldrick’s event every year.  Their present total is almost $2,000.  Or the Oz Brygade, a team of seven that is comprised of a Hannibal woman and her six children.  They are also approaching the $2,000 mark.
    The Oswego Minor Hockey Association team has five shavees registered, most of them in elementary school.  So far they’re showing $865 on the website.
    This year’s shaving spectacular will have some long-distance shavees.  Witmer’s two sons will be in the Czech Republic in late April, so they’re going to shave together while in Prague.  Their fundraising team, Couple O’ Muppets, has raised $750 so far but they hope to bring in both dollars and more shavees when they meet their box lacrosse teammates from all corners of the globe.  “We’re making them some ‘Ask me why I’m bald’ buttons, translated into Czech.  It’ll be fun to see how they do,” said Witmer.  “They shaved here when they were in high school, and they started a St. Baldrick’s event when they were at SUNY Brockport.  Now they’re bringing St. Baldrick’s to a 24-team international lacrosse tournament in Prague.”
    Other satellite groups this year include a team from East Syracuse-Minoa HS and the men’s lacrosse team at SUNY Delhi.
    “It’s not too late to register as an individual, start a team, or join a team,” said Event Treasurer Sandy Pike.  “And it’s never too late to make a donation – the website is open and active year-round.”
    This year’s 12th annual St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego event is on Sunday, April 15 from 1-4 PM at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center at 26 East First Street in Oswego.  In its first 11 years, the Oswego events have raised more than $580,000 for childhood cancer research.
    To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, to register as a shavee or volunteer, or to make a donation, go to www.stbaldricks.org.


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