The Shine On, Starry Night fundraiser held Saturday night, March 25 at the Elks Hall to raise funds for families struggling with cancer was a huge success raising just over $34,000 for the cause, says co-organizer Corry Williams.
The funds that were raised through ticket sales for the dinner and dance, live and silent auctions and raffles will be distributed to help other families who are fighting cancer, Williams says.
“We would like to thank everyone who made this possible, from local businesses, individuals who donated, people who attended and the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event such a success,” Williams says.
During the evening two women, one little girl, and a man raised a total of $9,350 (of the overall total) by having their locks cut or heads shaved to help six-year-old Summer Singleton and her family with the cost of travel and accommodation during the months she is receiving chemotherapy treatment at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Local stylists Gloria Matschke and Kyla Sigurdson did the honours of shaving heads and cutting and styling the hair of donors.
Haylee Sigurdson, 6, raised $430 by having her long locks cut to be made into a wig. In addition to donations that evening Haylee also collected pop cans and canvassed schoolmates, friends and family for donations.
Jenelle Tate raised $310 by having her long locks cut to have made into a wig.
Merrissa Lewis raised $1,110 by having her long hair cut to be made into a wig and going one step further to have her head shaved to within about a quarter inch of her scalp.
Kevin Kadoski, a heavy duty mechanic at Mount Polley Mine had his long locks shaved completely off to raise a total of $7,500 between community donations and a challenge to fellow Mount Polley employees. Mount Polley employees contributed $4,200 of the total.