May 5, 2010
There will be a lot of bald cops, officials, dispatchers, and kids around town now
The occasion Tuesday evening at Walnut Creek's Civic Park Community Center was a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a nonprofit that holds these shave-a-thons to show solidarity with and raise money for children diagnosed with cancer.
Walnut Creek police organized Tuesday's event, looking to raise at least $29,000 Tuesday evening.
Some of the biggest applause went to female police employees who gave up their hair for the cause. They included dispatchers Alisha White and Carrie Moore. The latter donated three long braids of blond hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that takes donated hair and makes it into quality hair pieces for financially disadvantaged children with cancer.
Records technician Carol Earley did it on a whim after being told the crowd would put it a couple hundred dollars. "If you can get me in in the next 15 minutes, I'll do it," she said. Afterwards, she rubbed the soft feeling stubble and contemplated what her husband would say
Walnut Creek Intermediate sixth grader Brendan Miller sat to have his once blond, until more recently dyed black and orange hair shaved off. Just before he was to sit for his head shaving, he learned he had brought in another donation, reaching his goal of $2,000 for the event.