By Wendy Hayworth
Saturday, March 15 marks the 6th annual Head Shave for Hope House. This event brings together a group of individuals who are not afraid to try out a new hairstyle for a cause.
Participants have created donations pages at http://www.firstgiving.com/hopehouse. This year’s participants include event founder Nick Swearngin, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Eden, councilmember Rob Binney, 1989 high school graduate, actor, and bodybuilder Rob Fuller who has recently appeared in "The Escape Plan" on DVD now, "Chavez Cage of Glory" on DVD in May, and "The Kidnapping Freddy Heineken" in theaters later this year.
Every year, Swearngin dies his hair the week before the shave. Last year was Missouri Mavericks Orange. This year he decided to change things up.
"We’re doing KU versus MU on the donations for the hair color. So, if the MU people donate more money than the KU people then my hair will be black on one side and gold on the other. The beard will be just the opposite, gold and black, or just the opposite for KU," Swearngin said.
The donations have been counted. Swearngin will be dying his hair black and gold on Friday.
On the day of the event, a live auction will be held for the ability to shave each individual’s hair or mustache. For "the right price" Fuller will even auction off the ability to shave his chest.
For the first time in six years, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Eden will shave his mustache.
"It’ll be kind of like groundhog day. If my upper lip sees sunlight on the 15th, I can guarantee that there will only be five more days of winter," Eden said.
"Before I was assistant chief I was a firefighter paramedic on an ambulance. I’ve seen firsthand professionally what domestic violence can do and people staying in those situations because they have nowhere else to go," Eden said. "The opportunities that Hope House provides is awesome and it’s something that I think needs support."
After marching in the
Emerald Isle Parade at noon to generate a buzz of excitement, the head
shave will start at 2 p.m. in the Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter Association
Building at 322 SE Douglas Street.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp will be the emcee and auctioneer for the head shave.
In addition to the head shave, there will
also be an accompanying silent auction beginning at 10 a.m. So far the
Royals have donated tickets and a signed ball and the chiefs have also
donated an autographed ball. There will be numerous sports memorabilia
and gift certificates from businesses around Lee’s Summit.
All proceeds from the donation pages, live auction, and silent auction will be donated to Hope House to help support their tens of thousands of interventions and 4,200 adult and children domestic violence survivors every year.
Last year, this event raised $20,000.
"Thank you to the community as a whole. They’ve made this thing grow into what it is," Swearngin said. "We can’t do it without the community."
Donate online or you can mail checks to Nick Swearngin c/o John's Barber Shop, 217 SE Douglas, Lee's Summit, MO 64063...In MEMO Line write the name of the person you want your donation to apply towards.