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: #8 – Elmwood Franklin

This week, our #8 top fundraising school for 2018-2019 is Elmwood Franklin School!

This was Elmwood Franklin’s 4th consecutive Goin’ Bald for Bucks event. Since they first started Goin’ Bald for Bucks, Elmwood Franklin has raised over $60,000 for Roswell Park! We’d like to give a shout out to Mr. Andrew Deyell, Head of School, and Ms. Rebecca Murak , Director of Communications for their hard work and organization.

We had a rockin’ time at this event and the music and dancing never stopped! There were also some celebrity guest appearances from DJ Anthony and players from the Buffalo Bandits team.

Elmwood Franklin School is this year’s top fundraising elementary school and had 40 Bald for Bucks participants who raised $16,481 for Roswell Park. We can’t wait for next year!

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.

Integrate Your Fundraiser with Facebook

Would you like a tool that will make your Bald for Bucks fundraising efforts easier? Of course you do! Fundraising can be challenging, but we’re so excited to introduce a new tool that will help make it easier. You can now connect your Bald for Bucks fundraiser directly to your Facebook profile!

With this new utilization, you can spread the word about your fundraiser and track your progress right on Facebook. Your friends and family can easily donate when scrolling through their newsfeeds, and you can quickly send updates on your progress. You’ll be able to meet your goal in no time at all – and maybe set another one!

Your progress will be also reflected in your fundraising thermometer, both on Facebook and on your Bald for Bucks fundraising page, so people can stay up to date on your journey.

Here are the step-by-step instructions!

1. Log in to your fundraising dashboard

2. Scroll down and click on “Connect Fundraiser to Facebook”

3. You’ll be redirected to Facebook, and a pop-up window will appear that states Roswell Park will receive your public profile. Click “Continue.”

4. An additional pop-up window will appear that state Roswell Park would like to manage your fundraiser. Click “Ok.”

5. Either you’ll be brought to your Facebook Fundraiser or you will be prompted to go to your Facebook Fundraiser dashboard.

6. Edit your fundraising information, including title, description, goal amount, end goal and more.

7. Promote your Facebook Fundraiser by sharing or inviting people to your fundraiser to start getting donations! This tool will allow you to spread the word about your fundraiser, engage directly with donors and reach more people than you ever thought possible. For questions about fundraising with Facebook and donations made through Facebook, check out our FAQ page.