St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event raises $30K & counting |

St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event raises $30K & counting

Photos by Jim Cox
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St. Baldrick’s Foundation is an international nonprofit that puts on fundraising events across the United States and beyond. Event organizer Jim Hamlin brought the head-shaving event to Grand Junction to honor his son, Neal Carmine, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at age 25 in 2006. He died 11 months after his initial diagnosis. Fundraising is meant to expand cancer treatments available for kids with few options.

A blazing-hot Saturday, June 29, which reached upwards of 100 degrees at Edgewater Tap & Grill in Grand Junction, offered one creative way to stay cool: Head-shaving to raise funds for childhood cancer research with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

“It was unbelievable,” organizer Jim Hamlin said of the event’s success (and soaring weekend temperatures).

And as of Monday, July 1, Hamlin noted that Saturday’s gathering brought in $29,787, with 142 heads shaved (100 men, 29 women and 13 children). At last year’s inaugural event, held at Naggy McGee’s in Grand Junction, 84 heads were shaved with $26,000 raised.

Funds reached more than $30K as the week progressed, and Hamlin said he expects even more money to come in over the next few months through online donations.

“There are a lot of bald women walking around town,” Hamlin added.

Still want to get involved? Don’t worry! If you missed this year’s event, there’s always 2014. Hamlin recently announced that the third annual St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Fundraising Event will be held once again at Edgewater Tap & Grill on June 28, 2014.

Donations for 2013 are still being accepted through the event’s website as well at To view more photos from the event, visit

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