LIBERTY –The 10th Annual “Joy to be Bald” fundraiser will kick off 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Lake St. George Brewing Company, 468 Pinnacle Road, with the introduction of a new signature craft beer, created exclusively for this event.
There will also be a Macaroni and Cheese and Whoopie Pie Cook-Off, judged by attendees, and an appearance at 4-5 p.m. by singer / songwriter Meghan Clark and “The Rogues” 5-7 p.m.
The activities will continue 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, including Walk-a-thon (registration/starting point at Stickney Hill and ending at Lori’s café). A chicken BBQ will be held 1:30 p.m. at the Liberty Community Center, 14 Junk Avenue, courtesy of the Liberty Fire Department. Head shaving and the silent auction will be held at 3 p.m. along with a bouncy house available all afternoon for the kiddos.
The event began in 2010 as a dare between Café owner, Lori Mayer, and a patron who offered to donate money to mutual friend Joy Mehuren if Mayer agreed to shave her head.Overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support at the event, Mehuren made her promise to continue the event annually to support others who battled the dreaded disease. Joy, who the event is named after, succumbed to lung cancer in 2011. Mayer will be shaving her head again this year.
The success and sustainability of “Joy to Be Bald” can be attributed to the hard work of the organizers and the desire of the past recipients to pay it forward and help someone else. This year’s t-shirt is being designed by Trinity Frost, daughter of former recipient Kelley Ripley. Lori Montminy, Cindy and Bruce Lovely, Stephanie Lunt and The Rogues own keyboard and fiddle player, Liberty native Cami Jewett are all cancer survivors, and former beneficiaries of Joy to Be Bald.
To sponsor, donate auction items, join the head-shaving or walk-a-thon, please contact Lori’s Café at 207- 589-4141. Walk-a-thon registration forms are available at Lori’s Café, Liberty or downloadable on their Facebook page. You can follow the event on facebook at facebook.com.