Two St. Baldrick's events are happening this month.
The Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation will host its seventh annual St. Baldrick’s event from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, 2193 W. 84th Place, Merrillville.
Crown Point's annual St. Baldrick's event returns to Crown Point High School from 3 to 6 p.m. March 16. The St. Baldrick's event will be in the cafeteria of Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St.
In Crown Point, the annual St. Patrick's Day hair-cutting charity event that benefits the fight against cancer was for years held at the Crown Point Fire Rescue Station but became too popular for that venue.
Crown Point teacher and Key Club co-sponsor Candis Carey is overseeing the event.
"It's very busy, but it is a positive event," she said. "Last year we had 100 shavees and raised $70,000. We are hoping to match that, if not improve upon that this year."
To sign up as a volunteer, shavee, or team captain, go to www.stbaldricks.org/events/CrownPoint2018. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser, contact Carey at 219-663-4885 ext. 11271.
The NICK Foundation’s goal at the March 11 Merrillville event is to raise $50,000 this year. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation uses the proceeds to provide funds for pediatric cancer research grants.
“The event is an opportunity to raise public awareness about the gap in funding for childhood cancer research,” Burns Harbor Town Councilman Kevin Tracy said.
“There are a lot of people making donations of what they can afford and it's resulting in cures for childhood cancers that were once untreatable.”
Tracy’s team will be one of the many teams participating in the contest. The team that raises the most money will win four level-one Blackhawks tickets.
Volunteers and local businesses are donating their time and services toward the cause. Tricoci Beauty School will be doing princess up-dos and Texture Pointe Salon stylists will be volunteering for their seventh consecutive year. Rosati’s Chicago Pizza and Corky’s Dog House are providing the food for the event.
A magic show, face painting booths, games, an auction and balloon art will be available throughout the day and Costumers with a Cause will have volunteers dressed up as Captain America, Maui and other Disney characters.
Visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/NICK7thannualevent to volunteer, donate or join a team. The NICK Foundation is a nonprofit pediatric cancer organization founded in 2009.