Major, major kudos to Sue Stevenson, volunteer organizer of St. Baldrick’s Canton, one of the most successful annual head-shaving parties in Northeast Ohio. Proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research through the Children’s Oncology Group.
The passionate Sue started the Canton event in memory of her niece Abbey Foltz, who lost her cancer fight in 2000 at 19. Abbey was a GlenOak High School graduate.
This year’s “brave-heads shaving of the heads” party is noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 6073 Dressler Road NW, Jackson Township. The restaurant is setting up two tents and a stage, and is donating 15 percent of all food sales during that time to the cause.
At this writing, Sue already had 158 shavees signed up. The goal is to raise $56,000. If you want to join the fun, just show up.
“We have had an exciting year, as we have already done three pre-events and shaved 22 students, one teacher, a mother and a server from Quaker Steak & Lube last weekend,” Sue said. At Strausser Elementary School in Jackson Township, the teacher was Scott Morton, a six-time participant, and the mom was Luciana Meighan. “It was a blast!” Sue said.
“We have a lot of women this year shaving. My sister Nan Foltz is shaving as well as her 5-year-old granddaughter Claire Foltz in memory of her aunt Abbey Foltz! Exciting year!”
I don’t often shine the spotlight on fundraisers for causes other than health-related emergencies.
But the epic efforts University of Akron students have marshaled on behalf of one of their own is so heartwarming that I couldn’t resist sharing.
UA public relations representative Sarah J. Lane called it to my attention:
“Jasmine Simmons, who lives in Pickerington, is a freshman and a STEM Scholar. She has cochlear implants and she is a javelin thrower who will participate in the Deaflympics in Bulgaria this summer.
“She is attempting to raise $3,900 to support her trip. Many students and faculty have helped so far. The audiology faculty of the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (where Jasmine is a student) has contributed from their personal funds as well as the audiology fund.
“The speech-language pathology students who belong to their national student group — National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) — held a fundraiser Wednesday at the Barley House raising $300 after already donating $1,500.… Other students in the College of Health Professions are trying to get their student groups to fundraise for her as well … She [Jasmine] also works out with the UA track team, although she is not a member of the team.”
Jasmine — whose dream job is to become a pediatric audiologist working to help deaf children hear — said she was inspired in her career choice by “an amazing audiologist, Dr. Cindi Warner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.”
Jasmine — who is over-the-moon excited about competing in Bulgaria — began throwing shot put and discus in seventh grade “after doing a variety of other sports including cross country, basketball, softball and swimming.”
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” — sponsored by the Women’s Center at Kent State University in collaboration with other KSU departments and student organizations — is planned for 5 p.m. April 16, at Risman Plaza.
Men are encouraged to wear women’s shoes — high heels, sandals or other styles — for the walk.
For more information, please visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org.
Friends of Jeff and Jennifer Thomas of Louisville are sponsoring a second annual Scrapbooking Fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 13 at Parkside Community Church, 4520 S. Arlington Road, Green, to help this family still navigating a mountain of debt and physical disabilities.
The family was involved in a horrific car accident in 2011 that left Jeff, who was an engineer at Diebold, permanently disabled with brain injuries. Jennifer and two of the couple’s three daughters suffered minor injuries.
Since the accident, the Thomases’ church, The Chapel, has set up the Jeff Thomas Family Benevolent Fund at FirstMerit Bank (any branch) to help with expenses, and volunteers have renovated the couple’s basement for his care.
Cost of this fundraiser, which includes scrapbooking and dinner, is $25. Please go to www.supportjeff.com for a registration form.
Sarah Smith, one of the organizers, listed the 14 home-based businesses that will be represented: Arbonne, Creative Memories, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs, Thirty-One, Usborne Books, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Stampin’ Up, ViSalus, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Velata and Grace Adele. There is no cost for coming to shop.
“These consultants are volunteering their time and donating all their profits that day,” Smith said. “These items will be great for Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, teachers’ gifts, even Christmas … Some of the consultants will have special incentives just for the day … Lots of raffle baskets/silent auctions. And the following gift certificates: Heather Pelko Photography, Smucker’s, Camp Carl, Tre Belle, A Thousand Words Photography, 440 Performance, North Canton Playhouse, Signature Hair Studio, 8 Count Dance Studio, Amy Lyn Photography, Pancho’s Mexican Grille, Cookie Lee Jewelry and other items from local craftswomen.”
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locks of Love
Major kudos to husband and wife Tom and Rachel Keplinger of New Franklin who are each donating 15 inches of their hair to Locks of Love Inc., to have it fashioned into wigs for children who have experienced medical hair loss.
Rachel recently had her ponytail clipped. Her husband did some time ago but was saving it to send away.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.