Lots of locks were shed at a St. Baldrick's event in Greenport in March 2016. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Are you brave enough to have your head shaved for a great cause?

Volunteers willing to shed their locks to raise money for childhood cancer research can sign up for a shave at a March 31 St. Baldrick’s Day event being hosted by Long Ireland Beer Company.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other non-government organization in the United States.

Only 4 percent of federal funding is dedicated solely to childhood cancer research, according to St. Baldrick’s. “About 60 percent of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies. For kids? Almost none, because childhood cancer drugs are not profitable,” the organization says on its website.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises over $35 million a year for childhood cancer research — all through shaving events held around the country.

“Grab your friends, make a team, and start growing that hair out,” the brewery said in its announcement of the event. “You’ll raise awareness for this great cause and money as you get your head shaved on event day.”

Burke said his friend Sheila Malone is the driving force behind the event.

Malone, of Medford, said she’s been involved organizing several St. Baldrick’s events, beginning in about 2005 when a friend’s 4-year-old child died of leukemia. 

“The entire vibe of these events is amazing,” Malone said. She said she’s never been a “shavee” herself — “I’ve always chickened out, but I figure I do my part by organizing.” 

Malone said she believes Long Ireland’s will be the first St. Baldrick’s event ever held in Riverhead. 

Volunteers sign up at StBaldricks.org, set a fundraising goal, upload a “before” picture and start raising money. The organization offers fundraising tips to help. 

Register to be a St. Baldrick’s shavee here.

“This will be a fun day, with cold beer, good friends, and lots of laughs,” brewery partners Dan Burke and Greg Martin said.

All shavees who register online and raise more than $50 will receive a commemorative t-shirt a free pint of Long Ireland beer.

The event takes place on March 31 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 817 Pulaski Street in Riverhead.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.