‘No Hair, Don’t Care’ Head-Shaving Fundraiser Next Monday

With less than two weeks until THON, student volunteers are busy making preparations for the weekend and finishing last-minute fundraisers to end the year on a high note. One such fundraiser, the fourth annual “No Hair, Don’t Care,” will take place next week at Evolve Studios, where hundreds of students will shave their heads to show solidarity with those fighting pediatric cancer.

This year’s event will take place on Monday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Evolve Studios on West Beaver Ave. Participants must bring a donation of $10 for stylists to shave their heads, with all proceeds benefiting THON. The THON Special Events committee will also provide each participant who registers prior to the event with a “No Hair, Don’t Care” headband to wear during THON weekend. The event will feature guest appearances by various Penn State coaches and the Nittany Lion.

The original “No Hair, Don’t Care” concept was developed in 2013 by then-freshman PJ Tatano. That year, Tatano reached out to head basketball coach Patrick Chambers, who did not hesitate to shave his head in his own office to support the fundraiser. In subsequent years, head football coach James Franklin and then-offensive line coach Herb Hand joined Chambers in shaving their locks in support of the fight against pediatric cancer.

The event is open to the public, and all members of the State College community are encouraged to participate. Students can reserve a time slot and a headband by registering online.

Since its inception, hundreds of students, faculty members, and other members of the State College community have donated their hair to the cause, and last year alone the event raised over $2,500. Combined with the donations from the event’s first two years, the total amount of money raised sits at more than $6,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund.

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