St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event and Raffle will be held on Saturday, February 15, at the Edinburg Center at Renaissance, 118 Paseo Del Prado. Music and raffle/silent auction will be at 10 a.m., shaving starts at 10:45 a.m. The head shaving event helps fund research into cures and better treatments for childhood cancer. Come and watch the Hair Fly.
The event was started by Winter Texans in 2009 at Texas Trails RV Park. The first seven years the event was staffed by seniors. Doctor’s Hospital joined the event in 2016 and now the event is staffed by senior volunteers and volunteers from the hospital.
Texas Trails has a team of six that will be showing up to do the shaving and a group will also manage the silent auction. Winter Texan volunteers also handle the raffle, distribute buttons and wrist bands, take pictures and so much more at the event.
2020 will be the twelfth year of participation for the Rio Grande Valley and over $300,000 was raised in previous Valley events. Vannie E. Cook Jr. Clinic in McAllen has received over $462,000 in grants from St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation began in 2000 as a casual conversation between friends and has exploded into the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. Over $39 Million was raised in 2019 bringing the total given in grants since 2005 to over $270 million.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation makes more grants for childhood cancer research than any organization except the U.S. government.
At last year’s head shaving event 51 heads were shaved and $25,000 was raised for research into cures and better treatments for Childhood Cancer.