Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Charity Act Gets A New Look

Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to charity. The Marlin Company employees have a knack for the unexpected in getting responses and raising money that will go towards benefiting a good cause.

The cause is St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s Foundation formed after three reinsurance executives John Bender, Tim Kenny and Enda McDonnell turned their St. Patrick’s Day party into a head-shaving event to benefit kids with cancer.
Jack Voss gets head shaved by Terry Carrano as part of exceeding fundraising goal.

What started out as an innovative way to have 20 "shavee" recruits raise "$17,000 on the 17th" turned into a successful sum raised - over $104,000!

Jack shows his legs have been shaved smooth.
Jack Voss, a developer by occupation, put his challenge on when he participated along with his brother and Stamford EMS in an event sponsored by St. Baldrick’s Foundation. 

Voss committed to have his head buzzed cut if he made his goal of $200. Additionally Voss promised to shave his head bald and shave his beard off entirely if he exceeded his goal. 

Not only did Jack shave it all off for the cause but he did so wearing the traditional garb of a kilt and shaved his legs in honor of the occasion.

He was able to raise $1,500 personally for St. Baldrick's, which added to the overall total of $25,754 for the foundation.  

Off comes the beard.
Contributions came from the company and co-workers who baked up ideas for bringing in funds. Cake sales and sweet treats of cannoli filling and waffle wafers brought in cash and the hopes of seeing Jack in kilt wear.

Congratulations to everyone who made work fun and who are helping kids with cancer have something to hope for - a cure!

Jack Voss in kilt
Many of The Marlin Company employees are gearing up to walk in Relay For Life for the same reasons Jack had in helping St. Baldrick's Foundation. Cancer is one disease that needs to go away! 

To learn more about St. Baldrick's Foundation organization or to get involved with your own head shaving visit: http://www.stbaldricks.org/ 


  1. This is very inspiring, Margaret. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow! What a great and inspirational story! I do have to say...his before and after photo do look totally different LOL