More than 200 people turned out to the Missouri Valley Family YMCA, Bismarck, ND, today to watch heads shaved, hair fly, faces painted and to bid on nearly 100 silent auction items and countless baked goods – all in the name of a new holiday for North Dakota: St. Baldrick’s Day.
Since the event came to North Dakota in 2008, nearly 900 volunteers have shaved their heads in solidarity of children with cancer. In the five events Bismarck-Mandan has hosted, more than $700,000 has been raised for childhood cancer research and fellowships.
St. Baldrick’s is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s events have taken place worldwide and in 50 states, raising more than $120 million. More than 190,000 volunteers have shaved their heads while requesting donations of support.
Today’s event surpassed previous years’ events in attendance in funds raised.
“While money is still coming in, I think we can safely say we surpassed the $200,000 level,” said Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of External Relations and Communications. “That is outstanding. Every year we set the bar higher, and every year I continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support, generosity and enthusiasm for St. Baldrick’s. This event has grown organically, and today is proof that it has taken on a life of its own.”
Andrew M. Serri, Basin Electric’s CEO and General Manager, was equally impressed. “What an outstanding event. To see so many people come together for one terrific cause is the definition of community. I may be new to Bismarck-Mandan, but in my short time here, I feel as though I’ve found my home. I am humbled by the generosity and hearts of so many people. I’m proud that this event has grown to be what it is, and I’m thrilled that this year’s event was our biggest one yet.”
Watch some videos from the event: