2018-2019 Top Ten Schools: #5 – Lake Shore Central School District

This week, our #5 top fundraising school for 2018-2019 is Lake Shore Central School District!

Goin’ Bald for Bucks began when Lake Shore High School social studies teacher Tony George vowed to shave his head with his sister Cathleen while she was going through cancer treatment. He promised to not let his hair grow back until hers did.

When Mr. George told his students about his mission, many of them offered to join him. One student even suggested that they collect pledges before shaving their heads, and Bald for Bucks was born. In its first year, Mr. George and 36 Lake Shore High School students raised $3,600.

Seventeen years later, the tradition continues. The Lake Shore community team is led by Mr. George and math teacher Mrs. Kreinheder. This year, 40+ participants raised over $25,000! This fun-filled event features games, food, special guest appearances and a huge basket raffle.

Since that first event, the Lake Shore Central School District and community has raised $490,000 for Roswell Park.

2018-2019 Top Ten Schools: #6 – North Collins Central Schools

This week, our #6 top fundraising school for 2018-2019 is North Collins Central Schools!

North Collins has a long history with Goin’ Bald for Bucks; this year was their 14th event. Since they first started Goin’ Bald for Bucks, North Collins has raised over $170,000 for Roswell Park! This small but mighty community comes together year after year to host a truly special Goin’ Bald for Bucks event.

This year the 30+ participants at North Collins outdid themselves and raised over $23,000 – this is the most that the school has ever raised. We can’t wait to continue this tradition with North Collins going into the 2019-2020 school year!

2018-2019 Top Ten Schools: #7 – Hamburg High School

This week, our #7 top fundraising school for 2018-2019 is Hamburg High School!

This was Hamburg High School’s 9th Goin’ Bald for Bucks event. Since they first started Goin’ Bald for Bucks, Hamburg High School has raised over $140,000 for Roswell Park. This event is a group effort, organized by the Hamburg High School Student Government committee.

To raise additional funds for Bald for Bucks, the student government organized a penny war competition between the graduating classes, had a Braids for Bucks station at their event and encouraged their teachers to participate.

Hamburg High School is also this year’s top fundraising high school and had 30 Bald for Bucks participants who raised over $22,000 for Roswell Park. Thank you, Hamburg!

2018-2019 Top Ten Schools: #9 – St. Gregory the Great

This week, our #9 top fundraising school for 2018-2019 is St. Gregory the Great School!

This year was St. Greg’s very first Goin’ Bald for Bucks school-wide event. There were more 30 participants who raised $16,475 for Roswell Park. Out of all of our new schools this year, St. Greg’s raised the most! Their event was very special and started with a moment of silence and song from their school choir.

In addition to their Goin’ Bald for Bucks event, St. Greg’s student Sydney Lynn-Kieffer hosted a Team Roswell fundraiser to support Roswell Park called “Canvases Against Cancer.” Sydney and her fellow art classmates created their own original canvas paintings and put them on display in the hallways of the school. Each painting sold for $10 and in total the students raised $1,700!

Great job to the amazing participants who snipped, clipped and shaved their way to cancer cures and Sydney!

2018-2019 Top Ten Schools: #10 – Casey Middle School

The 2018-2019 Bald for Bucks season was exceptional thanks to the hard work and dedication of all participating schools. Every Wednesday during the summer, we will be featuring our top 10 fundraising schools from this year. We are so proud of everyone that participated and made a difference in the lives of cancer patients.

For this first week, we are kicking it off with Casey Middle School!

Casey Middle School hosted their first Goin’ Bald for Bucks event in 2015. Over the last 3 events, they’ve raised over $58,000 for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center!

Over 30 students and faculty members joined Casey Middle School’s 2019 team. Other students got in the spirit and rocked green and purple bandanas during the event. Each bandana was a $1 donation to the team total.

This event was extra special, and had guest appearances from DJ Anthony and Buster Bison!

Collectively, this amazing school raised $16,055. We are so proud of Casey Middle School!

The 2018 – 2019 Beards for Bucks Season

2018 was a great year for Beards for Bucks – more than 1,200 officers and sheriffs across Buffalo and Rochester raised an incredible $143,000 for Roswell Park!

In Buffalo, more than 700 participants rallied together to help raise funds for cancer research and patient-care programs. Police departments across the area grew out their moustaches and beards for the cause, including officers from Lockport, Buffalo, Kenmore and East Aurora. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office was able to bring together participants from its PBA (Police Benevolent Association), Holding Center Division and CSEA Corrections Unit. Additionally, Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc., and Cutco Corporation grabbed the clippers to help raise money for cancer research.

This simple act had big results! Participants were able to surpass last year’s Beard for Bucks total by more than $5,000! 

While it was only their second year participating, officers in Rochester made a huge impact. With more than 500+ participants fundraising for cancer cures, participants were able to triple last year’s fundraising total! Officers from all over rocked that no shave look, including Brockport, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Geneva, Greece, Ogden, Webster, Rochester Police Locust Club, Monroe, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Irondequoit Police. Funds raised will support both research at Roswell Park and 13Thirty Cancer Connect, which helps adolescents and young adults impacted by cancer live their very best lives in Rochester.

By growing out their beards and creating teams within their organizations, these participants were able to make a great impact on the lives of patients and families across Western New York. A little bit goes a long way and with the combined effort, their support makes a tremendous difference.

From Saving to Shaving – Marty Biron’s Bald For Bucks Journey

Giving back to the community is something Marty Biron always enjoyed as a goalie for the Buffalo Sabres. After retiring from the NHL in 2013, he “wanted to keep that relationship with the community going.” Partnering with Bald for Bucks and the Sabres was the perfect solution.

He initially heard about Bald For Bucks when he was asked to join other players in shaving their heads for cancer cures. Marty was in! He first participated in 2015.

Most recently, he shaved his head live on MSG during intermission where he raised nearly $4,000 for cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park. Being able to participate with pediatric patient Isabella made the event extra special for him.

“To see her smiling through the whole thing and the confidence she showed in front of a big crowd around to watch just made this event so much more meaningful,” Marty said.

The more and more he’s gotten involved with Bald for Bucks, the more and more Marty has become impressed with the community support, especially with schools and students.

“Being able to participate with some of the current Sabres meant a lot to me as a way to be [involved] with a younger generation of NHL players in the same way a senior in high school may bond with a freshman through Bald for Bucks,” he said.

Marty will be shaving his head for cancer cures for the fourth time in 2019. And what’s his advice for those thinking of participating?

“It is a very simple act of support and kindness that means a lot to many affected by cancer. We all have somebody in our lives that is dealing with the emotional and physical burdens that comes [with] a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and Bald for Bucks is a great way to help [raise] funds and awareness.”

Join Marty and Go Bald for Bucks! To participate as an individual or to get your school involved, register here.

15 Posters Ideas For Your Next Bald Event

Goin' Bald

Today’s the day. You’ll be snipping, clipping or shaving your way to cancer cures in front of the whole school! When you walk into the auditorium, you see the bleachers filling up with your classmates. You wave to your friends! Then, it’s your turn. You sit in the chair and as you look up into the crowd, you see your best friends cheering for you and holding up posters to root you on. As the hairstylist turns on the clippers, you’re not so nervous anymore.

Time to Get Craftin'

Whether you or your friend is taking the Bald for Bucks challenge, everyone needs some encouragement! Making a poster with an inspirational message is the perfect way to show your support for fellow participants or for the students in your school Goin’ Bald.

Before you kick off your poster-making party, you’re going to need a few supplies. This is a great time to get creative! Here are some suggestions:

  1. Poster board (to cut) or colorful construction paper
  2. Markers or paint
  3. Letter stencils (optional)
  4. Glitter and stickers (optional) 
Next comes the encouragement! Think inspirational and motivational quotes or inside jokes you share with your friends. Need some help thinking of what to write? We’ve got you covered:
  • Way to go
  • You got this
  • You're amazing, brave and strong
  • Go Best Friend, That's My Best Friend
  • I'm SO Proud of You
  • You're my hero
  • Inhale confidence. Exhale doubt.
  • "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." - Amelia Earhart
  • I'm always cheering you on!
  • You're going to ROCK this
  • Believe in Yourself
  • You're making a difference!
  • Keep going - you can do this!
  • Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it.
  • "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Showing support for your fellow participants and students is one of the best ways to make help make your school’s Bald for Bucks event a success. Plus, it feels good when we cheer each other on! We can’t wait to see what posters you create. Don’t forget to share them – post a picture to social media and make sure to use #baldforbucks.

Four Fundraising Tips for Introverts

Do you love alone time? Are you quiet? Do you have a small group of friends? Then, you might be an introvert. Even though social interactions might not be your thing, you have everything you need to be an excellent fundraiser.

Introverts are super passionate and driven, which makes them great at fundraising for a cause they believe in. We know fundraising can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before, especially if you’re quiet. However, we know just how capable you are. Here are four fundraising tips to get started.

Start With Fam and Friends First

The best way to ease into fundraising is to ask your family and friends first. They’ll be so happy and proud that they’ll want to donate right away – and may be willing to spread the word, too!

Asking people you’re close with first is also good practice. Try out your sales pitch on them and see what they think. If they offer any advice on how to improve, take it! This will help give you the confidence to talk to others.

The Internet is Your Friend

Many introverts love to communicate through writing, which makes the Internet the perfect place to fundraise.

Get on your fav social media platform and spread the word. Ask some friends if they’d be willing to share your message on their accounts, too.  Send text messages to classmates, teammates and neighbors. Remind them that it’s not about the amount – every bit helps. There are so many ways to use the Internet to fundraise and you don’t even have to leave the couch to do it!

Turn Fundraising Into a Fun Challenge

Fundraising should be fun, so turn your efforts into a fun challenge! Leave a change jar on your desk and collect any spare change from classmates and teachers. Collect bottles and cans in the cafeteria. Maybe ask your teacher if you could host an ice cream social for your class.

There are so many small things you can do that will really add up at the end.

You’ve Got Strengths – Use Them!

Introverts are great at connecting with people in small groups. Look for opportunities to talk with neighbors, coaches, relatives, friends of siblings and more. If you can explain from your heart why you’re doing this, people will be more likely to donate.

You’ve got the heart, passion and commitment to fundraising successfully. Turn on your introvert charm and work your magic!

A Little Art Makes A Big Difference

Chelsea Crane has color on her mind and beads in her carrying case as she walks throughout Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. As one of the five Artists-in-Residence, she’s here to offer patients a creative escape.

Today, she’s with Lisa, who is no stranger to creativity. Lisa shows Chelsea rocks she painted, which she collected at Sturgeon Point on Lake Erie, New York.

They’re big rocks, about 6-8 inches across. Lisa painted them with scenes from nature, like a waterfall, a bridge, trees and bunnies. They’re gifts for her doctors.

“You want them to know that you care for them as much as they care about you,” she says.

Lisa is a lymphoma patient at Roswell Park. She’s spending several weeks in her hospital room preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Although, she’d rather be painting at home or walking the beach. So, when she sees Chelsea come in with her stacks of art supplies, she lights up.

Lisa is making window decorations with beads. She digs happily through bins of colored beads, picks stones in earth tones and begins to string them together. She and Chelsea talk while they make colorful art together.

For Lisa, these visits keep her spirits up.

“It takes your concentration off having tubes in you,” she says.

Chelsea, a dancer with a master’s degree in social work, finds herself humbled by her interactions at Roswell Park.

“As an Artist-in-Residence, I’m able to connect with others in such a unique way,” she says. “We’re able to build our interactions upon art, and I find that this allows people to communicate through a language we don’t often access.”

What Makes These Programs Possible

Thanks to donor gifts, Roswell Park funded 30 quality-of-life programs in 2017, including Artists-in-Residence. These programs help patients get through their battle while finding joy and escape in the smaller things. Roswell Park’s Artists-in-Residence visit clinics and inpatient areas offering music, dance and art activities to those who are interested and feel good enough to participate.

“I always find it touching when a patient says that for a moment they forgot they were in a hospital because I know that the creative interactions are making a difference, ” Chelsea says. “Our team of Artists-in-Residence are truly thankful to all the donors and supporters of our program because it allows us to continue fostering healing interactions.”