As a follow-up to a recent article I wrote looking forward to the Delta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau's 2016 St. Baldrick's Day, I write this article to address the chapter's success on May 6.
Each year, students raise funds for St. Baldrick’s foundation by promising to shave their heads in return for a financial pledge to the nonprofit. Since 1999, St. Baldrick’s has organized efforts all over the world to fund research for childhood cancer and facilitate treatment for young people fighting this deadly disease.The St. Baldrick's event was held in conjunction with the annual Carnival celebration. Carnival is a celebratory event held each spring to celebrate the year's successes. Inflatables, a rock wall, a mechanical bull, among other fun attractions were brought to campus and set up near the St. Baldrick's event. Several brothers of Phi Kappa Tau raised money leading up to the event and some even spontaneously shaved their heads to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. In addition, members of the Centre and Danville community joined in and braved the shave.
Sophomore and brother of Phi Kappa Tau, Ricardo Ortiz, says that he decided to brave the shave because he "wanted to do something different. St. Baldricks was a way I could go bald and give myself a new look while raising money for a good cause."
The chapter's goal was to raise a total of $7,000, and it looks as though they will reach that goal. The chapter received donations through the event and received additions after the events, as well. In addition, the chapter sold hats for ten dollars, t-shirts for seven dollars, and buttons for one dollar before and during the event.
The influence of their event is felt on campus as so many freshly shaven heads walk campus. Centre and Phi Kappa Tau look forward to next year's event, and several people have already committed themselves to brave the shave next year, including myself!