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McHenry County hosting several St. Baldrick's events

Fundraisers to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation

Johnny McMinn reacts as Jennifer Orlick shaves off his hair on Friday during the St. Baldrick's event at Richard Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake.
Johnny McMinn reacts as Jennifer Orlick shaves off his hair on Friday during the St. Baldrick's event at Richard Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake.

Multiple head-shaving events have been scheduled through March in McHenry County to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps to fund childhood cancer research.

Huntley's fifth annual "Huntley Goes Bald" head-shaving event will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Tee 2 Green Indoor Gold and Sports Lounge, 11173 Dundee Road.

Activities will include Irish dancers, raffles, a mobile video game theatre and a bags tournament with a $50 entree fee per team. From 6:30 to 11 p.m., there will be musical performances from Chicago-based rock group HiFi Superstar and hair metal cover band the Lounge Puppets.

With the fundraiser taking place on St. Patrick's Day weekend, corned beef and cabbage and green beer will be among the food and drinks served.

The event is free for all ages from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only persons older than 21 will be allowed in after 6 p.m.

As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the event has raised $25,545 of its $35,000 goal. In its previous four years, the event has raised more than $300,000 for childhood cancer research.

For more information on Huntley Goes Bald, visit the St. Baldrick's website.

On Thursday, McHenry West High School will be hosting its McHenry Community Shave from 5 to 8 p.m. at the campus' main gym, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road.

As of 3:45 p.m. Thursday, $47,788 of the event's $140,000 goal had been raised.

Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, also will be holding a head-shaving event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 21. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, its fundraiser has collected $1,251 of its $10,000 goal.

On March 22, students at Richard Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake will participate in the annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser known as Bernotas Middle School Rocks the Bald.

In the past four years, the event has raised more than $40,000 for cancer research. As of 3:45 p.m. Thursday, $8,853 of the event's $14,000 goal had been raised.

On April 26, Offsides Sports Bar and Grill, 680 S. Eastwood Drive in Woodstock, will be holding the Woodstock Community Shave for the Brave, which has collected $371 of its $5,000 goal as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is powered by volunteers and funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization other than the U.S. government.

Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s events have helped to raise $258 million to support of childhood cancer research.

Visit the St. Baldrick's website at www.stbaldricks.org/ to find other fundraising opportunities and to donate.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct time and day for Woodstock North High School's fundraiser.

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