FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FreeOK, in association with Velvet Monkey Salon and the 16th Street Plaza District Association, hosts inaugural St. Baldrick’s charity event on May 4th, 2014.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (January 16th, 2014) – Oklahoma’s Humanism team, FreeOK, has teamed with local businesses and the St. Baldrick’s foundation to orchestrate a charity drive for for childhood cancer research to be held this May. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research and generates more charitable income for cancer research than even the American Cancer Association. The organization’s signature events ask that fundraising volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with children undergoing treatment. This event falls on the 13 year anniversary of the Velvet Monkey Salon’s opening and will include a live music series featuring local artists, food trucks, charitable shopping opportunities, raffles, prizes for participation and more.
The fundraising goal has been set at $10,000 and will require assistance from volunteers and sponsors in order to be met. Head-shaving, while not mandatory to participate, has always drawn smiles and applause from participants and spectators. This free event will be held on Sunday May 4th from 1pm – 4pm during Plaza Sunday, Velvet Monkey Salon has over 20 licensed stylist and barbers ready to shave heads to help raise money for this event, each participant will receive a souvenir for contributing.”
Honorees include Davin, a Lewisville, Texas child who lost his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at age 11, and Daniel, whose rare type of ALL left his family with no other option than experimental treatment until his passing. Daniel’s story touched event coordinator Suzanne Yancey and inspired the creation of this event.
You can read more on the honorees, donate, or register as a fundraising volunteer on the St. Baldrick’s website at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/10976/2014.
For inquiries, contact
Suzanne Yancey, Event Coordinator
For booth space or sponsorship inquiries, contact
Kai Tancredi, FreeOK Projects & Events Coordinator