Cuts for Cure

HAYDEN SMITH displays the All-Things-Pink basket that will be raffled off at the Cuts for the Cure event this Sunday at the Oakland Church of God in Distant.

DISTANT – Several new heads will be offered up to be shaved at the second annual Cuts for the Cure event this Sunday, May 19, at the Oakland Church of God in Distant.

Last year’s first-time fundraiser went so well, organizers Mary Benton and her 10-year-old grandson Hayden Smith said that even more is being planned this time around.

“We raised over $1,600,” Smith said of last year’s event. Proceeds from this year will go to S&T Bank’s Relay for Life team, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Close to 20 area men have once again signed up to have their heads shaved, with the highest bidder being given the honors with the clippers.

“We do have a few new heads,” Benton said, pointing out that new Redbank Valley School District Superintendent Dr. John Mastillo has agreed to take part, along with new Redbank Valley High School varsity football coach Blane Gold, local businessman Tyler Ruby and Joe Monteleone of Joe’s Pizza in New Bethlehem.

Others who have agreed to take part include Snuffy Magagnotti, Guy Magagnotti, Jim Benton, Sarge Hinderliter, David Kirk, Bob Crawford, Lee Miller, Matt Smith, Craig Hibell, Tom Kaminsky, Mark Rupp, Jason Procious, Lew Stewart Jr. and former New Bethlehem Police Chief Scott Ryan.

Of course, Hayden Smith will once again have his head shaved too. Last year, his teacher bid to shave his head.

“She did my bangs because I always play with them,” Smith recalled.

Benton said the event gets under way at 1:30 p.m. and anyone can come to bid on the head-shaving, buy tickets for the Chinese auction or just watch the hair fall to the floor.

“Everybody who was there last year wants to come back,” Benton said. “It was a lot of fun.”

New this year will be an “Anything and Everything Pink Raffle” basket full of pink items and valued at more than $140. Also this year will be a silent auction featuring a Pittsburgh Pirates jersey autographed by manager Clint Hurdle and a hat signed by Pittsburgh Steelers great Jerome Bettis, as well as a surprise item.

Once all the heads have been shaved, the volunteers will parade past the judges. Local cancer survivors or those still battling the disease are welcome to come to help serve as judges.

In the end, Debz Twisted Scizzors and Byers Barbershop will help touch up the recently shaved heads for the volunteers.

Benton said the event doesn’t make light of cancer, but is designed to bring people together to raise money to combat the disease in a fun and memorable way.

“I don’t know anyone whose life hasn’t been touched in some way by cancer,” she said.

Benton also stressed that no one who attends will be asked to shave their head. She said all the volunteers have already been signed up and people can just come to enjoy the event.

For more information, contact Benton at (724) 664-6734.