February 28, 2015
Head Shave volunteers left to right: Eric Allee,
Nick Swearngin, Brian Dreyer, Lance Cornell, Jody
Heath and Dee Parish. Inset: Taylor Scott and John Key
By Mallory Ragon
The sixth annual Head Shave for Hope House will take place March
14. The event, which includes a silent auction, is scheduled for 10 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. at the Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter Association Union Hall located at 322 SE Douglas.
Nick Swearngin of John’s Barber Shop coordinates the head shave:
Volunteers agree to have their head (or mustache!) shaved by the highest
bidder. All benefits go to Hope House, an organization that provides
support and a variety of services for survivors of domestic abuse.
Nick's Head Shave for Hope House is the top individual fundraiser for the organization, raising over $17,000 last year.
Featured at this year’s auction are prints of original artwork
from local artist Rob Schamberger, signed by WWE Superstars Seth Rollins
and Bray Wyatt. Schamberger, who is a graduate of Lee’s Summit High
School and lives in Kansas City, says he began focusing his art on
professional wrestling in the last few years. It’s given him the
opportunity to paint live at shows like WrestleMania and auction his
work directly through WWE. His work has been published by Image Comics
and The Kansas City Star. The Pitch named him the Best Sports Artist in
Kansas City, and his work has been covered by E! News and AskMen.com.
When his mom learned that Swearngin, a long-time friend of the family,
was organizing the event, she asked whether her son had anything to
donate for the auction.
“I love giving to charity,” he said, “especially those that help mothers in need, and this was a perfect fit.”
Schaumberger says that his first barber was Johnny Swearngin, Nick’s dad, and he was actually the younger Swearngin’s first haircut.
Nick Swearngin has had his hair permed in preparation of this year’s event: Next week he will dye his hair the spirit colors for
the team’s jar that collects the most money. He has jars set up in the
barbershop for the University of Missouri Tigers, the University of
Kansas Jayhawks, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. So far Mizzou’s black and gold has garnered the most donations.
The silent auction begins at 10 a.m. and the head-shaving begins at 2 p.m.
Heads will be auctioned off by 98.1 fm KMBZ E.J. Becker
Many local businesses have donated items to the silent auction
such as gift cards, gift baskets and lots of sports memorabilia. You can
bid on a chance to "Shadow" Lee's Summit Tribune Sports Reporter, Fred
Liggett for an entire Mavericks game. See first hand from the press box
how the media covers your favorite hockey team and at the same time help
Hope House. This Auction item is open to children ages 11 through 18.