ALGONQUIN – Introduced five years ago with low expectations, the Shamrock Shave benefit has grown to become a major area fundraising event at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin.
On Saturday, organizers estimate that more than 50 men, women and children will shave their heads to raise money for community families in need and for cancer research.
This year’s Shamrock Shave will combine food, entertainment, and head shaving in an effort to raise money for two causes. All of the event’s proceeds and pledges will be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society to support community families in need and to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Last year’s Shamrock Shave event raised more than $34,000, with more than 500 adults and children in attendance.
The event starts with a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at 5:30 p.m. in St. Margaret Mary’s school gymnasium and cafeteria, with dinner proceeds also being donated to charity. The St. Margaret Mary Education Center is at the corner of Eastgate and Algonquin Road in Algonquin.
The festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. with head shavings staggered throughout the evening.
Stylists from local hair salons have volunteered their time to perform the shavings, and other local businesses are sponsoring the event with food and monetary donations.
Between the head shavings, local favorite and Summerfest veteran Katie Scullen will perform classic and contemporary favorites. Mayer School of Irish Dance also will perform. There will be a jig contest, a “Best Irish Costume” contest, children’s activities, door prizes and raffles.
Admission is $2 at the door for adults and $1 for children, and free with a meal purchase.
For information, visit www.saintmargaretmary.org/shave.