A raucous good time was had by all at the fifth-annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event at O'Loughlin's Restaurant in Arnold on Sunday, where dozens signed up to have their heads shaved for charity.
Sponsored head-shavers raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research for childhood cancer.
Head-shaving has become the trademark fundraising technique for St. Baldrick's since the foundation began in 2000. And it's been a tradition at O'Loughlins for the past five years. Well over a hundred people have participated in the event since then, an event organizer said.
It's been just under a year since the death of 12-year-old Joey Sudo, a Severn River Middle schooler who suffered from a rare form of pediatric brain cancer. He was diagnosed at age 7.
Sudo's story has become a rallying point for several people in the county for the St. Baldrick's event, and his name was heard more than a few times at the Sunday event.
In a message of thanks to customers and patrons, O'Loughlin's owner Tom Crawford said the following on Facebook:
"Wow so many Thank You's to be said to such a great community! Starting with my Family, Tom Suit,Joe Suzanne and Jessica Sudo, Sheriff Ron Bateman, Deacon Leroy Moore, AACo Police, Sandy Rowlett, Donna and Jim Reilly,Mary and Pat, Art Nettle, Donna Fairhurst, Deb, Deb Zadera, and all Volunteers! D and M Dist. Inc, Absolute Party Rental, Pepsico. The DUBLIN 5, Sly 45, and Hal the Piper for providing us with 1st class entertainment. And a huge Thank You to you the community your outpouring of support for our continued efforts to fight pediatric CANCER! Finally remember "Joey"."