St. Baldrick's Foundation

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Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer - SAVE THE DATE

Annual Fundraiser | March 1, 2020

Be a hero for kids with cancer. Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement. 

Because of YOUR involvement with this annual fundraising event for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

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Over the past five Years


Baldy Bowl

We Challenge You

In the spirit of service and some friendly competition, the Office of Residence Life cordially challenges you, and your office, to create a team and participate in the inaugural Baldy Bowl. The Baldy Bowl is a friendly competition amongst fellow departments around the University to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The goal is to collect small donations from coworkers, friends and family to grow your donation pool for your office. Together, these small donations will amount to a major impact in children’s lives. Did you know that 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive, and only 4% of U.S. federal funding is given directly to childhood cancer research? Together, BGSU has helped to fill that gap and continues to do more. Will you participate this year?

The competition will conclude at the 2019 St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon on Feb. 24 where the winner will be announced. The top fundraising team will have their team’s information permanently placed on the Baldy Bowl trophy and will get to display it in their office over the next year.


  • Who can participate? Any recognized office at BGSU.
  • How do we sign up? Sign your office team up on the 2019 St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon Event Page and designate a captain.
  • What do we need to do? Once your team has been signed up, you will be able raise money on your team’s donation page over the next couple of months. The contest concludes at the shave-a-thon event in February.
  • When is the event? The 2019 St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon will take place at 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2019.
  • Where is the event? Bowen-Thompson Student Union
  • Do I have to shave? No, you do not have to shave to participate or donate.
  • How is a winner determined? The team who has raised the most money by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event, will be declared the winner of the Baldy Bowl.

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St. Baldrick's: Conquer Childhood Cancers

The St. Baldrick’s event at BGSU is co-sponsored by the Office of Residence Life and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). NRHH also organizes the event every year.

The first annual Shave-a-Thon at BGSU was held in December 2012. The event raised $23,258 for St. Baldrick’s, had 152 individuals participate and sent 33 ponytails to Locks of Love. The second annual Shave-a-Thon was held on Jan. 26, 2014 and raised $25,208 to St. Baldrick’s, had 137 individuals participate and sent 48 ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The third annual St. Baldrick’s event was held on Jan. 25, 2015, raised $16,497, had 126 individuals participate, and sent 104 ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The fourth annual Shave-a-Thon was held on Jan. 31, 2016 and raised $27,091 for St. Baldrick’s, had 131 shavees and 66 volunteers participate, and sent 118 ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. In 2017, the fifth annual Shave-a-Thon raised $16,757 for St. Baldrick’s, had 89 shaves and 40 ponytails donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. In 2018, the sixth annual Shave-a-Thon was held on Feb. 19 and raised $28,018 for St. Baldrick’s, had 87 shaves and 149 ponytails donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

What is the St. Baldrick's Foundation?

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2000 to raise funding for childhood cancer research. Events are held at the local level where volunteers, sponsored by family and friends, raise money to shave their heads. By shaving their heads, these volunteers are standing in solidarity with children who often lose their hair as part of their cancer treatment.

St. Baldrick’s at BGSU began as the dream of Steven Syoen, a Hall Director at BGSU, during the 2011-2012 school year. Steve had worked on the St. Baldrick’s event at Texas A&M as a Graduate Student prior to coming to BGSU. Steve and a group of students decided that they wanted to host a St. Baldrick’s event on BGSU’s campus. The First Annual event set a fundraising goal of $15,000. The event was held on December 2, 2012 in the Multi-Purpose room in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. The event ultimately raised over $22,000, far exceeding the planning groups initial goals. After the first event wrapped up, the decision was made to have the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) plan future St. Baldrick’s events. This decision was made because NRHH included service as one of the organizations Core Values. NRHH took over planning and moved the 2nd Annual event from the Fall Semester to the Spring Semester. The planning and efforts for the 2nd Annual Event were led by Megan Schlosser and students from NRHH. The planning group decided to host the 2nd Annual Event on January 26, 2014 with a fundraising goal of $20,000. The group ultimately ended up raising $25,200. The 3rd Annual Event was planned by Molly Feasel and students from NRHH and was held on January 25, 2015. For the 3rd Annual Event the decision was made to host St. Baldrick’s Honored Families and to bring a St. Baldrick’s funded Medical Researcher to speak. Three St. Baldrick’s families were hosted along with Dr. Robin Norris from University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH. Moving forward the Office of Residence Life and National Residence Hall Honorary hope to continue supporting childhood cancer research in collaboration with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.