CROWN POINT — The city's annual St. Baldrick's event is moving this year to Crown Point High School where it's being chaired by the senior class president.
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.
"I think it's really cool we are taking it over for the city because the high school is a bigger venue and it will allow the event to grow," said Matt Krampen, who in addition to being the class president is also president of the school's Key Club.
Nick Tufts, who previously chaired the event with firefighter Tim Martin, said it's a great opportunity for Krampen and the high school to be involved in what is, other than the federal government, the largest funder of research for childhood cancer.
"It's an amazing thing to be involved in," he said.
Tufts said it got to the point where the Fire Department was maxed out by its size and the event became a lot to handle there with all the other activities like the St. Patrick's corned beef and cabbage dinner, which is at the same time.
"We were looking for a way to keep it in the community and hand it off to somebody who can run it and I think the Key Club was the way to go," he said. "They're organized, they have a built-in facility with the high school and I think they're going to do a great job."
Krampen said chairing the event is a lot of responsibility.
"I think we can handle it so I took it on," he said.
Krampen said the goal is to raise $50,000. Over $14,000 was already raised more than a week ago.
Krampen is being assisted in the event by fellow classmate Sam Surufka, who said it's cool to see some of the younger generation lead projects like this "and become more responsible."
The St. Baldrick's event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. March 17 in the cafeteria of Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St. For more information or to donate visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/CrownPoint2017.