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Heads to be shaved Saturday, March 10th for...
Heads to be shaved Saturday, March 10th for Hope House
March 2, 2012
Hayden Torpey, Rep. Noel Torpey, Nick Swearngin, Rep Mike Cierpiot, Rick Roeber, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, Aaron Goff, KC Police Credit Union and Greenwood Chief of Police Robert Leslie, Anna Huff, Taylor Scott and Mike Talboy (inset) will auction the right to shave their heads on Saturday, March 10. Not pictured, James Phillips and Matt Keeling, both employees of K.C. Police Credit Union, Scott Koller, LSFD and Peggy Martin.
Tribune Photo/ Fred Poese
Ever want to shave a sheriff, chief of police or a local politician?
By Linda Ahern
You will be able to if you are the highest bidder on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in downtown Lee’s Summit.
John’s Barber Shop will be holding their annual Hair Razing and Silent Auction to benefit Hope House, a shelter for abused women and families again this year.
The event has out grown the Barber Shop location and Nick Swearngin, owner, has announced the event will instead be held at IAFF Local 2195, the Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter Association building, located at 322 S.E. Douglas Street. Start bidding on the Silent Auction items at 10 a.m.
The newest candidates to be in the elite circle called “Lee’s Summit Bald Eagles” will be Jackson County’s Sheriff Mike Sharp; Greenwood Chief of Police Robert Leslie; Aaron Goff, President/CEO of the K.C. Police Credit Union; Rep. Noel Torpey and his son, 10-year-old Hayden, who is in the fourth grade at Sycamore Hill Elementary; Rep. Mike Cierpiot; Lee’s Summit resident Rick Roeber (Barefoot Rick); Rep. Mike Talboy, Democrat Minority Floor Leader; Anna Huff, Taylor Scott; James Phillips and Matt Keeling, both employees of K.C. Police Credit Union, Scott Koller of the LS Fire Department and Peggy Martin.
But the most poignant group are the three generations of Lee’s Summit women. Anna Huff is a 911 dispatcher for the Central Jackson County Fire Department. Anna recently began her battle with cancer by having a double mastectomy. Ironically, her first chemotherapy treatment is scheduled for the day before Hair Razing. Joining her to show their support of both Anna and Hope House are her aunt Peggy Martin, a three-year cancer survivor, and Anna’s granddaughter, 11-year-old Taylor Scott, a student at Meadow Lane Elementary. The latest entry is Greg Williams, a Lee's Summit Postal Carrier has offered his head.
Last year Senator Will Kraus head brought in a total of $2,500. The highest bidder who shaved his head was a fellow veteran, Gary Walker, known as KOG (King of Green). This year Senator Kraus is razing donations to NOT be shaved. So the race is on to see which new ‘Bald Eagle’ will be this highest
fund raiser for Hope House.
Officer Wiesemann has a group walking in the Downtown Lee’s Summit Emerald Isle parade prior to Hair Razing to show Hope House victims that they have the support of the community and also support the fundraiser. So grab your green, your signs and your walking shoes and join the group in the parking lot of Lee’s Summit High School at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Hope House is a fantastic organization, and the more you know about them, the more your heart longs to help them,” Swearingin said. “I am grateful to the entire Kansas City metro area and especially Lee’s Summit for embracing the Hair Razing for Hope House. LS Police Officer Mark Wiesemann has been a major force in the effort this year.”
If you would like to help either by donating to the silent auction or by donating some money, you can send it to John’s Barber Shop, c/o Nick Swearngin, 217 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Please make checks payable to Hope House.
Don’t forget to stop in at the IAFF Local 2195 – Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter Association building, 322 S.E. Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit. The silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The Hair Razing Auction will begin at 2 p.m. You will actually be able to shave our Jackson County Sheriff, Chief of Police, a Politician or support one of our honorable ladies – that is, if you are the lucky highest bidder.
Last year’s Lee’s Summit Bald Eagles that raised nearly $10.000, were Sen. Will Kraus; Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter, Scott Koller; Merle Bowers; Lee’s Summit Police Officer Mark Wiesemann; and Nick Swearngin.
Bidding has started online at the event’s Facebook page, so visit https://www.facebook.com/events/112698092192259/ If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction call Nick Swearngin at 816-835-0345 or please post on the Facebook event page.
Hope House services form a safety net of prevention, education and support for more than 10,000 victims of abuse every year.
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