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W. Seneca West Senior Raises $20,000 Through Bald for Bucks
W. Seneca West Senior Raises $20,000 Through Bald for Bucks

The sound of clippers filled the gym at West Seneca West Senior High School Friday, June 8 as students and staff went “Bald for Bucks” to raise funds for cancer research.

West Senior raised approximately $20,000 - with more donations still coming in.

West was the fourth and final school from West Seneca Central to participate in the “goin’ bald” fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute this year. Previously, West Seneca East High School raised $36,000, Northwood Elementary donated $11,000 and West Elementary collected $15,800.

The school district has raised about $75,000 for Roswell in 2012!

This was West High School’s first time going Bald for Bucks.

The school principals agreed to “go bald” if students met the original fundraising goal of $5,000. The school far exceeded that. So, principal Jay Brinker and assistant principal Craig Ersing both got new haircuts just in time for the summer.

They will be in good company: 28 students went bald, 17 got 4 to 12 inches cut to donate to Locks of Love and 28 got a purple hair extension for cancer awareness.

Even those who are already bald decided to join the effort. Security officer Ron Piwowarczyk said farewell to his mustache of more than 42 years. Other staff and faculty who participated included social studies teacher Mike Vastola, security officer Joe Ciancio and math teacher Tom Meaney.

Participants had to raise a minimum of $100. Several students were inspired by watching classmates have their hair shaved or cut, and went to the bank to get money on the spot in order to participate.

Top fundraisers were Alise Murray, $1,575; Anna Maze, $1,180; and Jessica Pratt, $946.

The day included many heartwarming moments, and a number of family members were able to attend the event to offer support.

Stylists from Supercuts and Continental School of Beauty donated their services for the event, and Kiss 98.5's DJ Anthony stopped by to cheer on the students.

Students also had the chance to purchase purple ribbons to display on the gym wall in honor of loved ones currently fighting cancer or in memory of those lost to the disease.

This tremendous effort was coordinated by Donna Lepore and the SADD students.

Congratulations to West Senior and all the students, staff and family members from West Seneca schools who went bald for bucks this year!

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