St. Baldrick’s Foundation

SBF-teambrent-rgbWould you shave your head for a child?

Participants in a St. Baldrick’s event shave their heads in exchange for donations towards cures for childhood cancers and giving survivors long and healthy lives.  It’s a simple concept, a fun time and a very effective fundraiser.  The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except the U.S. government.

Our tenth annual St. Baldrick’s event is Sunday April 6th, at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield.  Time has flown.  Ten years ago, a dozen or so TeamBrenters, all men, met at a bar in Stamford on St. Patrick’s day and shaved their heads, raising $87,000.  Brent was home from the hospital for the day, and it was the first time his parents had left him in six months.  Since then, we have been fortunate enough to have had thousands of supporters, we have watched the event grow, enjoying the Field, the Bear & Grill and the Arena at Harbor Yard.  We have discovered head painting and watched as dozens of other events have sprouted and grown.  It is amazing.  We no longer have to explain what we are doing, the words “St. Baldrick’s” are known to many.  People no longer think we are crazy.  We have had to move the event from a bar on St Patrick’s day to midday on a Sunday as children began shaving their heads…slowly overtaking the adults!  We have stopped using sharp razors (in dim lit bars) and moved to clippers (on well lit stages).  Brent has joined us, bald not from chemotherapy, but from shaving his own head for others.  We have raised almost $3.4 million to fight childhood cancer.

We have made a difference.   Check this out:

We have had some fun.  Check this out: (#Harlem Shake, Ben Sachs):

Join us for Opening Ceremonies at 1130am, featuring sportscaster Deb Placey and TeamBrent cofounder/St. Baldrick’s board member, Mike McCreesh.  Immediately after opening ceremonies, we will commence head painting by Once Upon a Face Paint; music by DJ E-Train; photos by Heidi Curran Photography& Ben Sachs Photography; an over the top bake sale; and of course….head shaving by Salon V and Salon Vivid.  Doors will close at 1:30pm.  Skinny Pines brick oven pizza and Christophe’s Crepes will be parked out front.

A free and easy (cheek swab) bone marrow drive will be going on so that interested, healthy adults ages 18-44 can join the Be the Match bone marrow registry & potentially save a life. Over 110 people have registered to become donors at TeamBrent’s events.  The Be the Match registry services patients who need a matching unrelated donor willing to donate stem cells on their behalf for a transplant.

We all rest in the shade of trees that we did not plant.

Each year the St. Baldrick’s Foundation officially Knights an elite group who has helped shape St. Baldrick’s by being involved for at least seven years. Less than 1% of shavees receive this designation.  We have been pleased to Knight 26 people at our events:   Becky Andronowitz, Tom Andronowitz, Rich Baron, Scott Bisson, Bette Blackwell, Dennis Brown, Jim Burgraff, Chris Calise, John Cody, Mike Donahue, Anne Farkas, Todd Goodfellow, Roger Haney, Bill Keough, Jane Kronick, Sam Mahler, Dana McCreesh, Mike McCreesh, Scot Parnell, Deb Placey, Pete Reiter, Ben Sachs, Neal Seideman, Stephen Seigel, Matt Wilcox, and John Wiseman.   How many new Knights will we honor this year??????  Join us for Opening Ceremonies to find out!

Looking for another way to support us?  Pick up some TeamBrent Ravioli at Cinch in the Fairfield Sportsplex complex. A portion of the proceeds ALWAYS goes to TeamBrent!

Thank you Sweet & Simple, Keough’s Hardware, Infinite Web Designs, Castle Computer, Moffly Media, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Fairfield PTA, vineyard vines, Discovery Capital, Curran VW, Success Printing & Mailing & Nauti Dolphin for your support!

Event Committee: Kristin Nierman, Courtney Yanni, Alicia Westerlund, Becky Andronowitz & Jane Kronick.