Monthly Archives: May 2012

We shaved a head early!

For those of you who know us personally, you’ll know that we recently moved to Atlanta.  Although, we have moved, we still continue our work on Jack’s Chattanoggins for the city we still love so much.

My husband now works for Munich RE and their Philanthropy Committee invited us to their first Philanthropy Fair to share what we do with Jack’s Chattanoggins.  They also thought it would be a great idea to have an executive shave their head to promote the cause and volunteerism.  Well, we did that yesterday.  It was a HOOT!

As I write this, Mike Taht, our gracious volunteer has raised $3,380! AND, that’s not the best part.  The best part would be the company MATCH for that amount.  Yep, we’re a little giddy.

Here are two awesome videos from yesterday. – May 9, 2012

Chattanoggins head-shaving event returns to Chattanooga Market

Event raised more than $18,000 last year for the Children’s Hospital Foundation

• Published Wednesday, May 9th 2012

Jack Skowronnek poses with some of the Chattanooga Roller Derby girls at last year’s head-shaving event. This year, the roller derby girls have put together a team that signed up to have their heads shaved in support of Jack’s cause. (Photo: Brittany Moncrief, Moncrief Photography)

A 12-year-old shaving his head for the summer is not uncommon, but rarely does someone raise more than $18,000 by doing so.

Jack Skowronnek, now 13, will be hosting his Jack’s Chattanoggins event again June 10 at the Chattanooga Market to raise money for pediatric cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

The event aims to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation by asking volunteers to shave their heads for donations from their families and friends.

So far this year, 30 “shavees” have already registered, Dawn Skowronnek, Jack’s mother, said. Walk-up shavees are also accepted the day of the event with a minimum $25 donation.

Nearly 50 percent of those signed up so far this year are women, Skowronnek said, which is an increase from last year.

“Some of them are mothers whose children have survived cancer, and they are doing this in support of them,” she said. “It is really moving … It is so exciting to watch them come forward.”

Jordan Sonnenblick, the author of the book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie,” which initially inspired Jack to shave his head, said he was “thrilled” about the impact of his work.

“In real life, my ‘inspiration girl’ lost her brother after I wrote that book, so I feel a tremendous responsibility to raise funding and awareness in the battle against childhood cancers,” Sonnenblick said.

Last year, Sonnenblick, who has been unable to attend the event, Skyped with Jack as he had his head shaved.

“I could at least express my awe of Jack live while his shearing was in progress,” he said.

Skowronnek said she is just happy to have been able to encourage Jack to do something positive with his idea and raise awareness.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you really can make a difference,” she said. “The biggest thing is just to not discount anything your child says or an idea they bring to you … I just taught Jack that you can make a difference, not just empathize but actually take action.”

As for Jack, “he is just ready to get his hair cut now,” Skowronnek said.

The head-shaving event will take place at the Chattanooga Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with volunteer hairstylists from Fantastic Sams cutting hair.

Individuals who want to have their head shaved, make a donation or volunteer at the event can click here.

Jack TV 2012 – The Chattanooga Roller Girls


I am racking my brain trying to remember how it is I met Violet Heart-Breaker and decided to attend my first roller derby bout…perhaps, I’ll have to ask her.  However, I do talk to so many people, and most don’t escape me with just a passing “hello”.  Nonetheless, we attended a couple of bouts last year, and to my surprise having not known anything about derby, it was a blast.  In my teenage years, I spent my weekends on those four wheels gliding around the wooden floor of the Axle Roller Rink in Chicago.  When the closed the doors, it was like a death in the family to me.

So, it is so very exciting to see roller derby growing and to be able to enjoy the Chattanooga Roller Girls who continue to kick major arse!  You must attend a home bout if you can, the next one being on May 12th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Jack and I will be there recruiting and spreading the word about the June 10th shave. It is a great family event.

Not only are these girls fabulous athletes, they do as an organization support and stay involved in their community.  We are *THRILLED* that some of the girls have formed a team of shavees to support our event.  In fact, women are coming out of the woodwork to get their heads shaved to support those precious kids who battle cancer.

It stirs my heart each time I listen to why a shavee has decided to participate.  Everyone has a reason.  For some, it’s empathy for those in need which often times can bring to the forefront of their consciousness, a realization of their life’s blessings.  For others, cancer has touched them personally.  And too often I find, the later is the reason.

What ever your inspiration or motivation, join us on June 10th for the shave!  You will be amazed at the humming of the clippers and the good mojo floating around when people unite to help those in need.