Dancing, head shaving contributed to success of benefit

Five people had their physical appearance drastically altered after they bravely volunteered to have their heads shaved during a fun night

Danielle Kerr shaved the head of Donny Sears at the Legion Saturday night. Sears

Five people had their physical appearance drastically altered after they bravely volunteered to have their heads shaved during a fun night of dancing and fundraising at Sylvan Lake Legion Saturday.

The event, held as a benefit dance in support of cancer-stricken Sylvan Lake resident Danielle Kerr, quickly turned into a head shaving competition, with funds collected throughout the evening totalling $2,156.

Organizer Lisa Oickle was happy with the way the evening unexpectedly transpired.

“My son and one of his friends had been going around collecting donations to shave their heads, and all of a sudden we had two other friends say they would shave their heads if we raise $300,” said Oickle. “We had $300 in about five minutes.”

Oickle’s husband then offered to shave his head if $700 was raised, and his moustache if funding exceed $1,000.

He was without both by the end of the night.

“By about 12:30 a.m., five people had their heads shaved,” said Oickle. “It was good.”

Also taking place were several raffles and draws, including a 50/50 that saw the winner donate his $132.50 winnings back to the cause.

“That was awesome,” said Oickle.

Live and silent auctions allowed attendees to bid on items contributed by businesses and individuals, including clothing, gift baskets and a coffee machine.

Money was also raised through admission to the event, which was charged at a price of $5 per ticket, or $10 for 3.

Oickle felt more people would have attended had it not been for inclement weather.

She was pleased by the amount of support shown by those who did attend, however.

“The people that showed up were just amazing,” she said. “Everybody was great.”

Several downtown businesses contributed to auctions, and also helped to ensure the evening’s success, she added.

Oickle noted that help from individuals such as Gena Williamson — who ran the auction — was greatly appreciated.

Further donations in support of Kerr may still be made by phoning Oickle at 587-876-6133.

Funds raised will help cover Kerr’s treatment as well as various other expenses associated with it.


Just Posted

Youth invited to find their spark

Find Your SPARC fair at NexSource Centre tomorrow to encourage new activities

Lunch leaders create local and global impact

Fox Run students meet every Thursday to plan how to be of service

UPDATE: Sylvan Lake RCMP search for two missing women is over

Serenity Rosewell and Jazmine Sleva were located and are safe

Accused Jason Klaus testifies in triple-homicide trial in Red Deer

Klaus charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson

Christmas Bureau receives large cheque

Big Bear Energy donates to their community

Charge laid against B.C. man in alleged cat torture

Joshua Michael Lemire, 20, has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary pain/suffering to an animal.

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

Tourism numbers continue to climb in B.C.

The biggest rise in international travellers to British Columbia are those coming from Australia

Canadian screen stars want ‘action’ from industry meeting on sexual misconduct

‘Of course there’s been sexual harassment here. Absolutely. No question.’

Opioid prescriptions up across Canada: report

The report shows the number of opioid prescriptions rose by almost seven per cent, while daily doses on average dropped

Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci warns that Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Health Canada hints at government’s plans for legal pot

Health warnings, plain covers for pot packs under proposed regulations

Washington governor tells BC don’t be ‘daunted’ by Trump

“I want to assure this assembly that no matter who is in the White House, it won’t affect Washington state’s relationship with Canada or British Columbia.”

Most Read