SAN DIEGO -- More than $25,000 was raised by the San Diego chapter of the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund research for childhood cancers, helping to give survivors a chance at long, healthy lives.
St. Baldrick's held its third annual Shave-A-Thon on Saturday at Quality Social in downtown. Participants at the event enjoyed food, music, entertainment, and a number of them chose to have their heads shaven. Organizers estimate that over 200 people attended the event, with 50 "shavees," including three women.
Money was raised through a combination of donations pledged leading up to the event, as well proceeds from the day of the event.
San Diego chapter co-founders Jake Pescatello and P.K. Marshall said they were pleased to meet their 2011 goal, which matched the amount raised in 2009 and 2010 combined.
“This year’s event was more than we could have ever asked for and we are so grateful for everyone who supported this incredibly rewarding event,” Pescatello said. “From families and friends, to influential media and even young cancer survivors, the event drew a range of people who were all brought together with one thing in common: the desire to conquer childhood cancer. It was overwhelming how everyone instantaneously developed a deep sense of camaraderie in just one afternoon.”
Popular local radio personalities Frankie V. and Sonic from Channel 933 were on hand and served as event emcees, while guests enjoyed the passed appetizers, live music, cupcakes from Sprinkles, a silent auction and a raffle.
Organizers say they have already begun planning next year's event and will announce their 2012 goal soon.
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