St. Baldrick’s of Indian River County Surpasses $1 Million Raised for Childhood Cancer Research

St. Baldrick's Shave Event at Captain Hirams Resort in Sebastiain, Florida.
St. Baldrick's Shave Event at Captain Hirams Resort in Sebastiain, Florida.

St. Baldrick’s of Indian River County held their Annual Signature Shave Event at Capt Hirams Sandbar on Saturday and raised close to $60,000 for childhood cancer research. More importantly, they surpassed $1 Million raised for Childhood Cancer Research at their 9th Signature Shave Event in Indian River County.

“Currently, the after-event web page shows $47,663 raised but after corporate matching funds plus checks to be cashed, I estimate we will be closer to $60,000, which exceeds last year’s virtual shave where we raised $50,000,” Lead Organizer Frank Cookie Mannino told Sebastian Daily.

“The event was a great success,” Mannino added.

Top Participants 

The top participants for 2021 were Frank Cookie Mannino, Joni Mazzola, and Ron Blank.

Frank, who is the lead organizer for St. Baldrick’s of IRC, raised $14,004.30. Joni, the first female Sebastian resident to raise over $10,000, brought in $11,577.83, and Ron brought in $1,869.32. 

First Female Sebastian Resident to Raise Over $10,000

Joni Mazzola was the first female Sebastian resident to raise over $10,000 for Childhood Cancer Research. She has been a member of the Lions Club and was inspired to shave after watching a Lions Club video dedicated to Childhood Cancer Research.

She was up in Cleveland attending to her ill mom but drove back to Sebastian just for the Signature Shave Event. Then, she will make her way back to Cleveland.

Top Teams

The top three teams for the 2021 Indian River County Signature Shave Event brought in over $20,000. They were Mannino’s for Mollie with $14,104.30, Sebastian Lions Club with $4,389.26, and 2G1G were just shy of $2,000.

Worldwide, there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year. In the United States., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease, more than asthma, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and congenital anomalies combined. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation exists to change these realities.

St Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor-powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research. 

Visit Indian River County Braves the Shave or call (888) 899-2253 for more information. Get involved with St. Baldrick’s and learn how you can make a difference.

Here’s a few photos from last weekend’s event at Capt. Hirams in Sebastian, Florida.

St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak
St. Baldrick’s Shave Event at Capt. Hirams – Photo by Ted Kwarchak

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