Community Interest

“Rock the Bald” Raises Over $7,800 for Children’s Cancer Research

On Saturday, March 23rd, a “Rock the Bald” head  and beard shaving event was held at Fireside Bar and Grill in New Melle to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research for childhood cancers.

Participants had been raising money online for several weeks before the event, and donations were also taken that day. The top fundraiser was Keith “Cookie” Tenney of Foristell - with over $3,000 by day’s end. Other top money raisers were Scott Sluhan, Josh Ellis and the New Melle Fire Department Team (Rick Massey, Jeff Capstick and others.)

Hair Stylists who donated their time and expertise were Jessica Masterson and Megan Irizarry from Lox Family Hair Salon in St. Peters; and Rita Klos, Hair Care by Rita, in New Melle.

The grand total for the event was $7,854 (including 50/50s and other cash donations) and a great time was had by all. What a great accomplishment for a first year event! A HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed and participated!

Now let’s hope all those bald heads don’t get sunburned!

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(L-R) Sherry Tenney and Jackie Mitches (event helpers), Jessica Masterson (stylist), Jim Mitchell (Event Coordinator),
Megan Irizarry (stylist), Rick Massey, Keith "Cookie" Tenney (top fundraiser), Linda Massey,
Scott Sluhan (2nd highest fundraiser), Gene Joerling and Rita Klos (stylist.)

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Keith "Cookie" Tenney - "I'm kinda liking the Fu Manchu!"


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Lisa Ferguson of Defiance, with stylist Megan Irizarry.


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Scott Sluhan of St. Peters - 2nd highest fundraiser -
using his phone camera as a mirror.



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Gene Joerling and sylist Rita Klos.


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Jim Mitchell (before) with stylist Jessica Materson.


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(After) Scott Sluhan admires Jim Mitchell's cute little braid that Jessica left him.


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New Melle Firefighter Josh Ellis - 3rd highest fundraiser.
"Dad, Are you sure you're OK with this?"



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New Melle Firefighter Jeff Capstick.


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Linda Massey


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New Melle Fire Chief Rick Massey


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Ron Hooper