Crowd goes bald for St. Baldrick at Proctors

Niskayuna girl's soccer coach Cheryl Kuzniar loses her hair during the St. Baldrick's head shaving fundraiser at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)Niskayuna girl's soccer coach Cheryl Kuzniar loses her hair during the St. Baldrick's head shaving fundraiser at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

Annual head-shaving fundraiser raises more than $75,000

BY JEFF WILKIN
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — The Nisky Nightmare was always fabulous.

Now, the soccer girls are fearsome.

“We’re going to be intimidating!” said Emma Anderson, 11, just before she and eight of her Niskayuna soccer pals had their heads shaved Saturday in the Robb Alley section of Proctors in Schenectady.

The Nightmare was a dream come true for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the fourth annual head-shaving event organized by Mike and Stacy DeBritz.

More than 140 brave and bold joined the hair club for men and women and raised funds to combat childhood cancer. Soccer coaches, teenagers, Schenectady cops, a scientist, a firefighter and a Daily Gazette reporter were among those who signed up sponsors and experienced severe reductions in personal blonde, brown, black and gray stock.

By late afternoon, the event had raised $77,042. More than $16,000 came from the soccer girls, who showed up in their green SB team “Soccer Ball-dees” shirts.

“I’m so proud of them,” said coach Cheryl Kuzniar, who along with coach Peter Wise also surrendered to the low hum of the electric clippers. “Their looks are so important to them, and they give them up for childhood cancer.”

The girls had the largest cheering section. Friends and relatives crowded around the elevated platform where seven barbers worked, and high-pitched “Woo-hoo!” cries went up as tresses came down.

“You guys are beautiful,” offered one fan.

Read the full story and check out the event photo gallery at The Daily Gazette.