Some 60 participants had their heads shaved Friday for St. Baldrick’s Day, a national charity event that raises money to support children with cancer. The campus’ sixth annual celebration raised more than $28,500.
By Frank Radosevich II
April 15, 2013
Despite the cold, windy weather on campus, many in the Bradley community felt it was the perfect time for a haircut.
Some 60 participants sat for the barber Friday and went bald for St. Baldrick’s Day, a national charity event that raises funds to support children with cancer and their families. Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity organized the campus’ sixth annual celebration for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
While some decided on the spur of the moment to have their heads shaved, others signed up in advance online and collected pledges from friends and family. All in all, students, faculty, staff and members of the community raised more than $28,500, surpassing the event’s goal of $25,000. The total is expected to grow, as the organization will continue to accept donations online after the event.
“We’re here today on Bradley’s campus to give every child who is diagnosed with cancer the best possible chance to live a long and healthy life, to fulfill their dreams and to fulfill their ambitions,” said President Joanne Glasser. “And they deserve it.”
Pi Kappa Alpha member Mike Donovitch said St. Baldrick’s Day has grown in popularity each year, attracting more participants and funds. Even with the cooler weather, Donovitch said the Bradley community came through with a strong showing of support.
“St. Baldrick’s show how the Bradley community is here for each other,” said Donovitch, a senior health science major who helped organize the event. “This isn’t just a Bradley event; it’s a Peoria event.”
The day is part of Bradley's greater mission of service to the Peoria community and beyond. Student groups and University events, such as the Bradley Fellows, the Volunteer Fair and Service on Saturday, provide students with dozens of options to work with various community agencies and their specific volunteer needs.
During the 2011-12 academic year, for example, Bradley hosted six Service on Saturday events and saw more than 670 students volunteer more than 2,000 hours of community service.
Mike Robbins, a senior in finance who attended the event, said having fundraisers like St. Baldrick’s Day helps unite the University and its surrounding community.
“It brings the campus together,” Robbins said.