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For Immediate Release: 6/3/13

Third Annual Jack’s Chattanoggins raises money for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger


Chattanooga, Tenn. – It’s that time of year when the shears come out and the hair falls to raise money for pediatric oncology patients throughout the Chattanooga region. The fifth annual Jack’s Chattanoggins will take place on Sunday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market.

This is the third year 14-year-old Jack Skowronnek will partner with the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger. Jack began shaving his head and raising awareness for pediatric cancer at just 10 years old after reading the book, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. Since then, he has raised more than $60,000 to help children fight cancer.  This year mark’s Jack’s fifth personal event.

Jack is hoping to raise $40,000 after raising $35,000 in 2012. All donations will support Children’s Hospital at Erlanger to assist with funding for advance projects and programs in the oncology unit.This year, more than 50 children in Chattanooga will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 95 percent of them will rely on the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for treatment.

“This fundraiser is particularly special to Jack, as we remember Kennedy “The Warrior” Griffith who went to heaven on Dec. 18.” said Jack’s mother, Dawn Skowronnek.  “We are continually humbled when families of cancer patients thank us for what we do for them.  It’s truly amazing.”

This year’s event is presented by EPB and Fox 61 and supported by sponsors such as Brewer Media, Texas Roadhouse, Fantastic Sams, Chattanooga Roller Girls, Brix Nouveau Wine & Cheese Bar, Pure Sodaworks, L2 Images and Le Chef Amour’s Haute Cuisine.

“EPB is proud to support Jack’s Chattanoogins for the second year because 100 percent of the funds raised stay right here in our community helping to care for the children at Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer,” said EBP community relations specialist, Hosea Pierce.  “We believe in enhancing the quality of life in our community even if it’s one child at a time.”

The public is encouraged to sign up as a shavee and seek donations from their family and friends. Shavees will shave their head on June 9 in solidarity with the children who lose their hair during treatment. Those who prefer to keep their locks can help support a shavee by pledging financially.

For more information on Jack’s Chattanoggins and to register or donate, visit www.jackschattanoggins.org <http://www.jackschattanoggins.org/> .

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2012

Contact:  Dawn Skowronnek

423-994-7680

dawn.skowronnek@att.net

 

 

Jack’s Chattanoggin’s Returns to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

Annual event set to take place June 10 at Chattanooga Market

Chattanooga, Tenn.,− After its citywide debut last June where 60 heads were shaved and over $18,000 was raised, Jack’s Chattanoggins will again charge the clippers to shave heads on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market inside the First Tennessee Pavilion.

 

It was just three short years ago, a then 10-year-old Jack Skowronnek with a mission to help children battling cancer, was a lone shavee.  Now, he’ll again be joined by dozens of brave men and women who will sacrifice their locks in order to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and its Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

 

Jack and his Chattanoggins will be raising money as “shavees” by gathering donations from friends and family. Anyone can register to participate and all proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital Foundation to help fund life-saving pediatric cancer treatment.

This year will be the second time Jack has teamed up with Children’s Hospital Foundation to make this event a citywide affair. Thanks to Paul Smith and the Chattanooga Market, Jack continues to have an ideal community-based venue for his Chattanoggins to shave their heads.  The event will be organized and managed by Dawn Skowronnek and the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and promoted via social media channels, grass-roots efforts, as well as radio ads with media partner Brewer Media Group.

 

Jack also welcomes EPB as its presenting sponsor this year and looks forward to having their own Dr. Shock emcee the event.  Fantastic Sam’s has joined the excitement and will be providing the licensed stylists for the shaving.  In addition, several teams have already formed and registered including a team representing the Chattanooga Roller Girls.

Any business or organization that is interested in being part of this great event can contact Ali Dunn at 423-778-5870.  Individuals or groups that want to have their head shaved on June 10 can go to www.jackschattanoggins.org  and become a ‘Chattanoggin’ by clicking on the Register Here button.  You do not need to shave your head to support the event; online donations and volunteering the day of the event are equally important.  Donations will also be accepted on the day of the event.  For more information, contact Dawn Skowronnek  at 423-994-7680.

 

About Jack:

Inspired three years ago by the book “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie”, Jack decided to shave his head to show kids with cancer that it’s okay to be bald.  After some research by his mom, Dawn Skowronnek, Jack discovered that he could shave his head and raise money for the research and treatment of childhood cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  That first year, Jack raised over $1,300 on his own.  In 2010, Jack repeated his head-shaving event, and convinced some friends to jump on the bandwagon.  The result was over $3,000 in donations, along with local business donating their time and efforts to help feed, entertain and, of course, shave the participants.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2011

Contact: Dawn Skowronnek 423-994-7680
dawn.skowronnek@att.net

12-Year-Old Challenges Community to Shave Heads for Pediatric Cancer
Event set to take place June 26 at Chattanooga Market

Chattanooga, Tenn., − On June 26, 2011, the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga will be the site of a hair-raising event. Well, more like a hair-falling event. That’s when people will be lining up to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer care. Thanks to the efforts of 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek, “Jack’s Chattanoggins” will be teaming up with the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger Hospital and its Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to raise money – and awareness – for children’s cancer treatment through a head-shaving event at the Chattanooga Market. Jack and his Chattanoggins will be raising money as “shavees” by soliciting donations from friends and family. Anyone can register to participate, and all proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital to help fund life-saving pediatric cancer treatment.

Inspired two years ago by the book “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie”, Jack decided to shave his head to show kids with cancer that it’s okay to be bald. After some research by his mom, Dawn Skowronnek, Jack discovered that he could shave his head and raise money for the research and treatment of childhood cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. That first year, Jack raised over $1,300. In 2010, Jack repeated his head-shaving event, and convinced some friends to jump on the bandwagon. The result was over $3,000 in donations, along with local businesses donating their time and efforts to help feed, entertain and shave heads.

This year, Jack has teamed up with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to make this event a city-wide affair. Thanks to Paul Smith and the Chattanooga Market, Jack will have a large venue for his Chattanoggins to shave their heads. The event will be organized and managed by Dawn Skowronnek and Children’s Hospital Foundation, and promoted via social media channels, grass-roots efforts, as well as radio ads with media partner, the Brewer Media Group. Jack is hopeful that he can convince local firefighters, police and perhaps some local Chattanooga celebrities to become shavees to help his cause.

Jack’s Chattanoggins is currently looking for opportunities to partner with restaurants throughout the city and suburbs for a series of recruiting events. Any business or organization that is interested in being part of this great event can contact Dawn Skowronnek at 423-994-7680. Individuals or groups that want to have their head shaved on June 26 can go to www.JackShaves.org and become a Chattanoggin by clicking on the “Register as a Shavee” link. You do not need to shave your head to support the event; online donations and volunteering the day of the event are equally important.

The event will begin at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 26 at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Donations will also be accepted on the day of the event.
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Jack Shaves for Kids Cancer – 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 , 12:00 a.m.

Support pediatric cancer research with a shaved head June 26

Clockwise from top, Dawn and Jack Skowronnek, Tori Tomokane-Verville and Faith Skowronnek are participating in the St. Baldrick’s event organized by Jack and being held at Sweet Gipsy on Saturday, June 26 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Photo by Emily Crisman

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Signal Mountain resident Jack Skowronnek encourages others in the community to share in his show of solidarity with children afflicted with cancer and raise money for pediatric cancer research by shaving their heads at Sweet Gipsy Bakeshop and Cafe on Saturday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m.

“It’s a good cause because we’re helping kids who have a 50-50 percent chance of dying each day,” said Jack, age 10. “Maybe I’ll be the doctor to find the cure.”

The event is part of a nationwide effort to fund childhood cancer research through the nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization Jack’s mother Dawn Skowronnek introduced her son to after he expressed an interest in helping children with cancer.

Jack said his interest in pediatric cancer developed last year after reading the book “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie” by Jordan Sonnenblick, in which a teenage boy shaves his head when his little brother, who was diagnosed with leukemia, loses his hair during chemotherapy.

“I want to let kids with cancer know it’s OK to be bald,” he said.

Jack participated for the first time last year by holding a virtual event online, raising $1,200 for the cause on his own, said Dawn Skowronnek.

This year Jack decided to increase his impact by hosting a public event, and she said his goal is to have at least 25 people shave their heads and raise at least $1,000.

GET A CUT FOR THE CAUSE

Sweet Gipsy is at 1404 James Blvd. Volunteers are needed for the day of the event, and you can sign up by contacting Dawn Skowronnek at 994-7680. To learn about St. Baldrick’s call 1-888-899-BALD or visit the organization’s website.

All hair removed at the event will be donated to the organization Matter of Trust, which Skowronnek said will use the hair to make mats to help soak up oil from the ongoing BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

She said Sweet Gipsy will stay open a little later that evening to serve food and local musician Dana Rogers will provide entertainment.

Anyone who wants to participate can go online to register, where Dawn Skowronnek said their friends and family can donate funds in their name. She said people are welcome to simply walk in the day of the event and have their head shaved as well.

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Around and About Chattanooga with Julie Steele
A production of WUTC 88.1 FM in Chattanooga, TN

June 24th, 2010 – An interview with Jack and me and the lovely Julie Steele.

“St. Baldrick’s Organization Fights Childhood Cancer”

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The Lake County Journal Blog – In Lehman’s Terms
Kid of the Week – May 7, 2009

Jack Skowronnek, a 10-year-old from Wauconda, has raised more than $1,200 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. He shaved his head in honor of the cause May 4th

Some kids never cease to amaze me. Jack Skowronnek of Wauconda is one of those kids.

You see, some kids read books because their parents or teachers make them read.

Skowronnek reads books and gets inspired to help others.

The 10-year-old read “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie” about a middle school boy whose younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia. The older brother shaves his head in support of his brother.

That sounded like something Skowronnek wanted to do.

“[Jack] informed me he wanted to shave his head so that kids who lose their hair to chemotherapy will know it’s OK to be bald,” said Skowronnek’s mom, Dawn. “I explained to [Jack] that he could not just shave his head, but also take this opportunity to raise money for an organization such as St. Baldrick’s.”

And that’s exactly what he did. The boy already has raised more than $1,200 for the organization and had his head shaved May 4 to honor the cause. The donations keep coming in, too.

He’s made two YouTube videos, one explaining why he decided to shave his head and the other to thank those who supported him.

Check them out here.

What’s even more admirable is the fact that this isn’t Skowronnek’s first time supporting a good cause.

He and his sister designed greeting cards to sell so they could donate money to St. Jude’s Chidren’s Hospital.

How does someone so young have such a big heart?

People are starting to take notice of the hard work Skowronnek has put into his cause. He was chosen as this week’s “Kid of the Week” on the Steve Cochran show on WGN 720.

Jack, you’re my kid of the week. Heck, you’re my kid of the month.

And you’re only 10.

I hope people much older than you will follow your lead.

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