On Saturday, March 16th, organizers estimate that over 50 men, women and children will shave their heads to raise money for community families in need and for cancer research.
This year's Shamrock Shave will combine fun, food, entertainment, and head shaving in an effort to raise money for two very worthwhile causes. 100% of all event proceeds and pledges will be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, to support community families in need, and to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
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Recently, St. Margaret Mary Parish was recognized with a Community Service Award from the Village of Algonquin due to the success of the Shamrock Shave and its positive impact on the community the last five years.
Last year's Shamrock Shave event raised over $34,000, with over 500 adults and children in attendance. This year, event organizers hope for even more success. According to Jonna Burck, Event Chairperson, "The Shamrock Shave is a unique fundraising event that brings the entire community together to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, while also raising money for two great causes. Last year, once again, the Shave exceeded all expectations. This year we hope to raise even more money for charity, shave more heads, and have even more 'Irish' family fun."
The event starts with a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at 5:30 PM in St. Margaret Mary's School Gymnasium and Cafeteria, with dinner proceeds also being donated to charity. The "Mane" festivities begin at 6:45 PM with head shavings staggered throughout the evening. Stylists from local hair salons have volunteered their time to perform the shavings, and other local businesses are sponsoring the event with food and monetary donations.
Between the head shavings, local favorite and Summerfest veteran Katie Scullen will be performing classic and contemporary favorites. Mayer School of Irish Dance will also be performing. A fun-filled family event, there will also be a Jig Contest, a "Best Irish Costume" contest, kid's activities, door prizes, and raffles all in a fun St. Patrick's Day party atmosphere.
Admission is $2.00 at the door for adults and $1.00 for children, and at no charge with a meal purchase. The St. Margaret Mary Education Center is at the corner of Eastgate and Algonquin Road in Algonquin. For more information, visit us online at www.saintmargaretmary.org/shave.