South Buffalo Charter Goes "Bald For Bucks!"

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 5, 2012 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's off with the old, and in with the bucks, at South Buffalo Charter School. It's time to go "Bald for Bucks" and all for a good cause.

"All the money goes Roswell Park Cancer Institute," Beth Maloney with the South Buffalo Charter School and "Bald for Bucks" said.

Many students gave a donation of five dollars or more and had their head shaved for the cause.

"We do this in our community to get our students involved," Maloney said.

Coordinator Caroline Ventresca said last year they raised more than $10,000 dollars. This year, they hope to get even more donations. She said they couldn't do it without the students and the community.

"We had a couple staff members touched by cancer, and the community has really come together. We have tons of baskets and volunteers. It's really amazing what our community can do when we get together and get it done," Ventresca said.

If going bald for bucks isn't your thing. You can cut your hair for "Locks of Love" which makes wigs for cancer patients.

"I like Roswell Park and what they're doing so I cut my hair," Student Gabrielle Page said.

Some students kept all their hair but still participated by buying cotton candy and popcorn. They also got manicures and donated to raffle with dozens of exciting prizes. Organizers said it's not only about raising money, this type of event does even more for cancer.

"It opens up the awareness across the building about cancer. How they can prevent it and what they can do, they're part," Diina Sciortino with South Buffalo Charter and Bald For Bucks said.

"It shows how much most kids care about the school and people with cancer," Student Zaria Webb said

Many students said they feel good about their sacrifice and said it is a load off their back.

"I feel a lot lighter than I didn't with hair," Student Chris Galligan said.

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