By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN It’s not every day that a woman will volunteer to have her hair shaved completely off, but four brave ladies from the Howard Lake area are willing to take the challenge, in an effort to raise money to fight breast cancer.
Jill Doering, Mary Streich, Patti Barth, and Laurie Lideen agreed that they may have gotten themselves “in over their heads” with this fundraising idea, but they’re also excited to see if the community can raise the needed $20,000.
The main fundraising event is set for Saturday, March 6 at the Blue Note in Winsted, starting at noon. If the fundraising goal is reached that night, the women will have their heads shaved on stage at 10 p.m.
“We are looking for hairstylists/head shavers to ‘outbid’ each other for the opportunity to shave the heads,” benefit volunteer Dana Wiegert noted.
Last year, the Howard Lake area fundraising group raised about $9,700 for walkers in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. If this year’s goal is reached, it will be an impressive feat, according to Doering.
“To raise $20,000 is a lot,” Streich added. “But, the more I hear from people, the more nervous I get that this is actually going to happen.”
Judy Mattson and Jamie Hirsch of Howard Lake and Kelly Borrell of Winsted are three of the people who will be participating in the three-day, 60-mile breast cancer walk. Each walker is required to raise a minimum of $2,300.
The March 6 fundraiser will help support the three walkers, as well as a team of 14 walkers in Waverly.
Hirsch said this will be her third year doing the walk, which starts Friday, Aug. 20.
“When we realized how many people in the community were walking, we wanted to do something to help them raise more money,” Streich said.
At one of their fundraising meetings, the women had been discussing possibilities, Doering said.
“Somebody said we should shave our heads, and we all kind of laughed,” she said. “Then, slowly, everybody said, ‘I will.’”
The added fundraising incentive seems to be working, Streich said.
“The community has been very supportive this year more than I expected,” she said.
“I honestly think it’s going to be bigger than ever,” Doering added.
Streich said she’s excited that a lot of money is being raised, but is also nervous about shaving her hair.
“I wish I could get it off my mind,” she laughed. “If our community could come together and raise $20,000, it would be well worth it, though.”
“I’m looking into scarves,” Doering laughed. She’s been having trouble getting her mind off the shaving possibility, too.
“I dreamed that I had to shave my head in order to go to the dentist,” she said.
Doering’s aunt, who lost her hair because of cancer treatments, said she was surprised that Doering would volunteer to shave her hair.
“It’s a big deal to lose your hair when you’re a woman,” Doering said. “It’s very scary, but it’s for a great cause.”
But, no hair will be shaved if the $20,000 goal isn’t met.
“We’ll just add up all the money and see where we’re at,” Doering said. If it’s enough, “I guess we’ll all find out what kind of shaped heads we all have,” she added.
“We should have made it $100,000,” Streich joked.
The fundraiser will start with a beanbag toss that goes from noon to 6 p.m. A “Deal or No Deal” game will be played throughout the day. A silent auction will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a live auction from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Karaoke will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
There will also be a bake sale, t-shirt sales, and games for children.
Silent auction items are needed. Please contact Doering at (763) 658-4206, Barth at (612) 669-5843, or Streich at (763) 647-9940 to make a donation.
Monetary donations can be made to: “Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure” c/o Jill Doering, 3660 100th St. SW, Waverly, MN 55390.
For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health, or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.