"Fuzzy Melons" Brave the Shave
Green Bay, WI – A team of Berners-Schober staff, aptly named “The Fuzzy Melons”, lost their locks in solidarity with other brave shavees to help find a cure for childhood cancer on March 19th, 2016.
Several of Berners-Schober’s staff have once again organized a community fundraiser with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising entity for childhood cancer research. This year 170 participants, alongside a few inspired Berners-Schober staff and their family members, had their heads shaved to raise awareness in the local community of the need for funding for childhood cancer research. Their combined efforts resulted in over $52,000 being raised for St. Baldrick’s.
To show their support for children with cancer who lose their hair through chemotherapy, thousands of St. Baldrick Foundation participants and volunteers shave their heads each year while requesting donations of support from friends and family. For the 10th year, Berners-Schober jumped in 'head first' by sponsoring a team and championing the event at Green Bay Preble High school. Middle and Elementary schools all over the Greater Green Bay area were invited to come and support the cause. The firm encouraged volunteers and donors from all over Brown County and beyond to participate. In conjunction with the main head-shaving activities, this free event included a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, face painting, games, and other family-fun activities.
History of this St.Baldrick’s Event:
- Since 2007 BSA has been sponsoring a team at the event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The event has been organized at Preble High School in collaboration with the school’s Sting Cancer program.
- The first year there were 40 shavees and $17,000 raised.
- The event has hosted an average of 175 shavees annually and raised approximately $480,000.00 to date.
- The largest event held in 2014 raised over $76,000 and hosted 360 shavees,
- The event started as a way to honor Amelia Gorton, daughter of Tim Gorton, a Berners-Schober employee. Amelia is a Leukemia survivor.
- This St. Baldrick’s event is consistently one of the 5 largest events in terms of participation and funds raised in the state of Wisconsin.
- For those who wish to contribute, a donation can still be made of any size can be made by visiting the team's page here.
"Setting a fundraising goal is where we start. I know from past experience that when we bring the community together, we can match or exceed that goal by leaps and bounds. No gesture is ever too small, and is deeply appreciated," said John Miller, the event coordinator from Berners-Schober. "Children struggle so hard just to be children. Even with advancements in treatments, a cancer diagnosis puts that childhood at risk of being lost in a myriad of hospital stays, needle sticks, nausea and pain management. Their siblings have to suffer and miss out on a lot as well. We need to do everything we can to give these kids a chance to grow and lead amazing lives. That's why we ask that everyone join us, contribute and help spread the word."
About St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research, and funds more in childhood cancer grants than any organization except for the U.S. government. Since the Foundation's first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick's has funded more than $101 million to support the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world.
About Berners-Schober Associates, Inc.
Berners-Schober is a full-service architectural, engineering and interior design firm that has been in operation continuously since 1898. Their experience covers medical, educational, municipal, recreational, religious and commercial facilities. Berners-Schober’s professional composition and breadth of experience enables them to tackle projects of various sizes and complexity. The firm’s longevity shows the proven stability of the organization, and the ability of professional staff to address the needs of clients and their facilities. More information about Berners-Schober is available at www.berners-schober.com
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