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HVP March 2015

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Page 27 of 41 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 27 Local volunteers brave the shave By KATY WEBER W hen Saugerties mom Gloria Darmanin first decided to host her own St. Baldrick's head-shaving fund raiser, she timidly set the fundrais- ing goal at $3,000. "I wasn't sure we'd even hit that number," she says. "Each time we hit our goal, I'd raise it by another thousand." The event has already raised more than $22,000 and that number is growing every day. Volunteers like Darmanin organize local head-shaving events, where children and adults brave the shave in solidarity with kids with cancer. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a charity dedicated to raising money for children's cancer research. Local volunteers like Darmanin organize their signature head-shaving events, where children and adults shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer. With less than 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding ded- icated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick's is committed to raising awareness and funding research. "These children are worth more than 4 percent," says Darmanin. "St. Baldrick's is volunteer driven, which is key. The foundation funds more childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government." The family-friendly event will be held Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose/ Senior Center in Saugerties. In ad- dition to the shavees, there will be a DJ, face painting, bake sale, raffles, and more. For more information, visit Therapeutic Camp Programming High Counselor-To-Camper Ratio Dances, Sports, Talent Shows & More! Summer & Weekend Camp Programs R e g i s t e r N o w ! 56 Bruceville Rd., High Falls • 855-707-2267 • High Falls, NY 12440

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