A quick picture before appearing on the 3 Plus You show with the Chattanooga Roller Girls.
It’s Monday morning, the day after the shave and Paul Smith was right, Monday morning came and everything was fine.
There are so many people to thank for a wonderful event yesterday. As a I write this post, we know that we raised over $30,000 and more donations are left to be counted. There were 100 shavees and 40 gallons of hair shaved.
First of all, thanks goes to my son, Jack Skowronnek, whose little heart has always cared so much. I don’t know what most parents would do when their 10 year old announces the need to shave their head, but I’ll never regret my choice to let him do what his heart told him. And of course, to Jordan Sonnenblick whose book inspired Jack in the beginning.
We are thankful for the 100 shavees who joined us yesterday in an effort to support children battling cancer in the Chattanooga area. Every one is fabulous! And then, there are those we know on a personal level, whose support touches our hearts so deeply.
The most moving moment for me yesterday was watching the Chattanooga Roller Girls get their heads shaved. Up until this point, I hadn’t cried yet. I guess I’m getting a bit used to it. However, while watching the girls, particularly Tamara Obscura, who was so obviously moved or terrified at what she had started, that’s when I lost it. I cannot imagine what was going through their heads at the time – they couldn’t even see what was going on. Flood gates were open at that point and the emotions begin to pour out.
One of THE funnest moments was had from the most charismatic group of shavees – the Chattahooligans! Out of nowhere we heard their voices singing as they approached the shaving area. The chanting/singing was so unexpected and drew the crowd in. Here’s a peek of their antics.
Ali Dunn – Children’s Hospital Foundation
Paul Smith – The Chattanooga Market
EPB, our presenting sponsor, as well as their very own Dr. Shock, our emcee
Jim Brewer – Brewer Media Group
Michelle Lisotto – Derryberry Public Relations
Dan, Kim & Doug and their team – Texas Roadhouse
The Chattanooga Roller Girls – by the way, their next home bout is June 30th!
Brittany Moncrief – Moncrief Photography
Rich Smith – Rich Smith Photography
The folks at WRCB 3’s 3 Plus You show
The morning crew at WDEF 12
Ken Nicholson – Trends on 3 (WRCB)
This N That
Jennifer Edge – Triple 7 Studio
Mike Taht – Munich RE
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.
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.