Fundraising escalates as St. Baldrick’s Day shave approaches

McHENRY – As the annual St. Baldrick’s Day shave approaches, a coalition of McHenry schools and organizations is hosting several fundraisers aimed at promoting awareness and support.

Proceeds from a weeklong fundraiser at the McHenry Wendy’s and a February benefit at Buffalo Wild Wings will go toward local families and the 100-plus children being cared for at JourneyCare.

The benefit will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at Wendy’s, 290 N. Route 31, McHenry.

The fundraising leads up to a community shave, which will be from 5 to 9 p.m. March 13 at McHenry West High School, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road.

The goal is donate 100 ponytails this year, said Michelle Zimmerman, a McHenry West art teacher.

Donors can choose one of two organizations for their ponytail to go to, she said. Wigs for Kids accepts ponytails that are at least 12 inches long, and Pantene Beautiful Lengths collects donations that are at least eight inches long for wigs for adult women.

Both campuses will hold spirit rallies the following the day, during which the final participants will be shaved. 

Area schools and groups raised more than $250,000 last year for St. Baldrick’s Day, $208,000 of it coming from the fundraiser at McHenry West High School.

In total, 965 volunteers shaved their heads in solidarity with child cancer patients, setting the world record for the largest number of people getting their head shaved at a single location.