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ChattanoogaPulse.com – June 27, 2011

Cancer Charity Event Raises Over $17,000

Written by Pulse Staff








June 27, 2011 – 8:04 am

In only its third year in existence, a local charity has set a new record.  Jack’s Chattanoggins is the brainchild of 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek. When he was ten, he read a book that inspired him to shave his head to show kids with cancer that being bald was OK.  He raised $1,200 that year.  Last year he got about a dozen other people involved and raised $3,200.  Sunday at the Chattanooga Market, the event saw more than 60 people shave their heads, raising more than $17,000, nearly half of that coming in direct donations during the event.

That money will stay right here in Chattanooga to be used at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in the Pediatric Oncology Unit.

Chattanooga Times Free Press – June 26, 2011

published Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Locks surrendered during CFC win

CFC's Chris Ochieng controls the ball in midair during the match against Atlanta on Saturday. The Chattanooga Football Club played against the Atlanta Silverback Reserves at Finley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Photo by Jake Daniels.
CFC’s Chris Ochieng controls the ball in midair during the match against Atlanta on Saturday. The Chattanooga Football Club played against the Atlanta Silverback Reserves at Finley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The halftime entertainment at most Chattanooga Football Club games at Finley Stadium usually features a game or two on the field for some of the boys and girls in attendance to play.

On Saturday, during Chattanooga FC’s 2-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, CFC’s Robbie Hill and Tom Webster got involved in the action. But instead of doing anything with a ball, the show involved the players’ hair and a pair of clippers.

Hill and Webster got buzz cuts, in front of the announced crowd of 1,653, to support the Jack’s Chattanoggins fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger, a project started by 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek of Signal Mountain.

Hill said he let his hair get a bit long to make Saturday’s show more dramatic.

“I was going to get it cut a few weeks ago, but I decided I’d wait,” the Englishman said with a smile. “I’m always happy to help out with charities and this was a great cause.”

Donations were accepted throughout the game and the main Jack’s Chattanoggins event is today at the Chattanooga Market in the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Hill’s teammate, reserve defender Thomas Clark, handled his clipping duties. Jack’s mother, Dawn, cut Webster’s hair. Despite being an Air Force Academy graduate, Clark said that was his first time with wielding the clippers.

After a scoreless first half, the action picked up dramatically in the second. In the 65th minute, CFC fullback Nick Odeny pushed forward and scored on a breakaway to put CFC up 1-0.

Five minutes later, Atlanta’s Aziz Izmour was tackled in the box by CFC’s Nick Chase, who had been pushed in the back moments before, and the referee awarded the Silverbacks a penalty kick. The score was tied soon after, but it was a penalty kick in the 89th minute that lifted CFC to a win.

Mark Beattie flipped the ball toward a defender who inadvertently touched the ball with his hands, giving CFC a chance to regain the lead. Forward Chris Ochieng sent the ball into the net for the victory, which kept CFC in first place in the National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference standings with a 5-1-1 record in league play.

“I was nervous, but after the referee blew the whistle I calmed down and picked a spot and hit it,” Ochieng said.

Chattanooga FC visits the Georgia Revolution next Saturday before hosting the Under-20 team for CF Monterrey, in Mexico, on July 4.

Nooga.com – July 4, 2011

Event raises more than $17,000 to benefit pediatric cancer

• Published Monday, July 4th 2011

Jack Skowronnek before and after one side of his head was shaved. This is the third year he has shaved his head to support kids with cancer, and he says he never plans to stop.

More than 60 men and women showed up at the Chattanooga Market last Sunday to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer patients.

Jack’s Chattanoggins, started by 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek, was sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Foundation and raised over $17,000 for the foundation. All of the proceeds will go to support children with cancer and help pay for their treatments.

“Having this be the first year we were doing this as a city-wide event, I really had no idea what to expect,” said Dawn Skowronnek, Jack’s mother. “I just remember when we started shaving- it was packed. It was standing room only, it was really incredible.”

Dawn said that after the event began, more than 30 walk-ups came because they had decided to donate and shave their head for the cause.

“Next year in my mind I’m going to call it a mega-shave,” Skowronnek said. “I want at least 100 people.”

As for Jack, he still plans to shave his head every year.

“I wanted people my age undergoing chemotherapy to realize that a shaved head isn’t a sign of weakness- it’s a sign of a fight,” Jack said. “It shows that people are alive and they are fighting.”

Jack began shaving his head three years ago to support kids with pediatric cancer after reading a book called “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.

This was his first year planning Jack’s Chattanoggins with his mother. He and his family had previously partnered with St. Baldricks to raise money for children with cancer.

Two brave “shavees” pose after getting their heads shaved. Contributed photo.

From the Signal Mountain Weekly News – May 25, 2011

Skowronnek seeks ‘Chattanoggins’ to raise funds for kids with cancer

Recruiting event at Buffalo Wild Wings in Hixson Wednesday, May 25

By Emily Crisman

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Signal Mountain resident Jack Skowronnek, 12, is looking for volunteers willing to shave their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital. He will be at a recruiting event tonight at Buffalo Wild Wings downtown from 6 to 8 p.m. His Jack’s Chattanoggins head-shaving event will be at the Chattanooga Market Sunday, June 26 beginning at 11 a.m.

Signal Mountain resident Jack Skowronnek, 12, is busy convincing locals to aid in his fundraising effort for pediatric cancer by shaving their heads. Volunteers find sponsors and agree to go under the razor blade together at Jack’s Chattanoggins, an event to be held at the Chattanooga Market Sunday, June 26 beginning at 11 a.m.

Any business or organization interested in hosting an event or becoming involved should contact Dawn Skowronnek at 994-7680.

He is hosting several recruiting events around town to boost awareness, participation and therefore fundraising. Jack will be at Buffalo Wild Wings in Hixson to give out information and register participants tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Customers can also request 10 percent of their bill tonight be donated to Jack’s Chattanoggins.

Chattanoggins is a larger-scale operation than Skowronnek’s previous efforts, in which he raised more than $1,300 the first year on his own in sponsorship funds and $3,200 the next with the help of 13 friends and neighbors.

“It struck me as admirable for such a young boy to want to do something so big that impacts so many people like cancer [does,]” said Chattanooga Market general manager Paul Smith, who has lost several vendors to cancer just in the past few years. “I felt the event needed a larger audience, and I thought this would be a way to embrace helping others who are suffering from cancer.”

When Jack first had the idea to shave his head at age 10, he had never actually met a child with cancer, but he wanted to show kids with cancer it’s OK to be bald after being inspired by the book “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.” His mother, Dawn Skowronnek, then told him about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization which raises money for childhood cancer through people who volunteer to shave their heads, many of whom are firefighters.

In the course of planning this year’s event, Jack has developed a deeper connection to the cause through kids with cancer he has come into contact with.

“It’s a little scary,” said Jack, recalling a recent tour through the oncology unit at Children’s Hopital. “I heard a little boy screaming and crying because they were taking marrow out of his bones. I’ve read about this, but I haven’t seen it, and that was the worst scream I’ve ever heard.”

Jack saw an article on Signal Mountain resident Peyton Ogle, 6, who is currently in remission after suffering from lymphoblastic leukemia. Skowronnek contacted the family, and Peyton’s parents started a team to participate in the event.

Jack’s goal this year is to find 50 people to volunteer to shave their heads at Chattanoggins. Anyone can register to participate, and all proceeds from the event will go to Children’s Hospital to fund pediatric cancer treatment. Register here by clicking on the “Register as a Shavee” link.

Donations will also be accepted on the day of the Jack’s Chattanoggins event and at the recruiting events.

Shaving Heads at the Chattanooga Football Club

Chattanooga Football Club for Jack's Chattanoggins
Set up in the concourse ready for donations.

Several weeks prior to our June 26th shave event, we had the opportunity to address the Chattanooga Football Club to see if we could find some new recruits!  We’re always on the lookout for new heads to shave! The team was inspired by Jack’s story and several players volunteered to have their head shaved on behalf of Jack’s Chattanoggins. However, rather than shave at the market, we did it at a home game during half-time, the night before the shave. This was a unique turn of events.

And furthermore, they were willing to let Jack and me (aka Mom) have a go at it. As soon as the whistle blew at half-time we headed out to the field and had a few moments to address the fans about our fundraiser for pediatric cancer. Then, the buzzing of the clippers began and the hair started to fall. In just a few minutes we had two freshly buzzed CFC players, Robbie Hill and Tom Webster.

After the game, we wandered on field and many of the players were signing autographs and Jack brought his Chattanoggins poster down to be signed. We were approached by a brother and sister who wanted to thank us for what we were doing, they told us about the older brother they had lost to cancer.

My favorite part of the evening had to be when two lovely young ladies approached Jack to have their picture taken with him. Yeah, Jack!  Stay tuned for more photos!

Eat Wings, Raise Funds at Buffalo Wild Wings in Chattanooga 5/25

Jack is really excited about this one guys!  Eating wings to raise money!  What more could the child ask for?


Join Jack at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, May 25th from 6-8 pm and 10% of your bill will be donated to Jack’s Chattanoggins (benefiting the Children’s Hospital Foundation).  When you arrive at Buffalo Wild Wings, be sure to ask for a donation coupon – these are required in order for your purchase to count towards our event.


We will also have laptops ready to help you register to be a shavee for our event!  We are still in need of shavees/fundraisers for our shave event on JUNE 26th.  Don’t want to shave?  Don’t hesitate to refer those who you think may have what it takes to shed their hair to help make miracles happen for children with cancer. 

Please share our event with friends and family, the more wings eaten, the better!

Remember, EVERY bit helps us to great things for these kids!

Buffalo Wild Wings (Hixson location)
5744 Highway 153
Hixson, Tennessee 37343

12-Year-Old Challenges Community to Shave Heads for Pediatric Cancer


May 1, 2011

Contact: Dawn Skowronnek 423-994-7680

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.

Jack’s Chattanoggins – June 26, 2011

Book by Jordan Sonnenblick

My name is Jack and I’m an ordinary sixth-grader. I like playing basketball and lacrosse, and enjoy time on my computer and texting friends. I also enjoy reading; from Harry Potter to Rocket Boys to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But one book inspired me in ways I never thought any book could. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick, is a story about a middle school boy whose younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia. The boy ends up shaving his head to make his younger brother feel better about losing his hair to chemotherapy. After reading this book, I wanted to show my support for kids with cancer by shaving my own head. I’ve done this two years in a row and have managed to raise over $5,000 to help fight childhood cancer. Now, I want to go bigger!

This year, my friends at the Children’s Hospital Foundation are helping me raise money for kids’ cancer treatment by hosting my head-shaving event. On Sunday, June 26th, 2011, at the Chattanooga Market (one of my favorite places), volunteers called “shavees” will shave their heads in support of kids who lose their hair during cancer treatment. These shavees will receive donations in their name from their friends and family, and, in then the donations, help fund life-saving pediatric cancer treatment. Believe it or not, people will give a lot of money to see you sacrifice your hair. Don’t worry, it grows back!

Some facts from my friends at Children’s Hospital

The Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive oncology unit in the region with over 3,500 patient visits each year. This year alone, more than 50 Chattanooga area children will be diagnosed with cancer and over 95 percent of them will choose to stay Children’s Hospital to receive their treatment. Since the oncology doctors at Children’s Hospital follow the same cutting edge treatment protocols shared by other top children’s hospitals across the country, parents can be confident their children will receive the highest standard of care without having to leave their familiar social networks.

If you have been touched by a child with cancer, or, like me, have read about it, then you know they not only lose their hair but, sometimes, years from their childhood going through treatment. And, I hate to think of those kids that lose their lives altogether. But, together, we can support this important treatment and give children back their dreams.

To join me in the fun, or to learn more about Children’s Hospital Foundation, please visit www.jackschattanoggins.org or call Amanda Whitaker at Children’s Hospital at 423.778.8057. If you can’t participate as a shavee, then please think about volunteering, donating or just spreading the word. Thanks for your support. Together let’s help end kids’ cancer!

Just for fun, here are the bloopers from making the Welcome video for Jack’s Chattanoggins home page.