C&K Market employee Grant Lunde promised to shave all the hair off his head in public if his fellow employees raised $10,000 for Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
At 2 p.m. Thursday, the hair goes.
Sitting in the parking lot of the Brookings’ Ray’s Food Place, Lunde will submit to the clippers, at the hand of fellow employee Jimmy Martini, who bid the highest amount of money for the honor.
The public is invited to watch.
“This will be the first time I’ve had no hair since I was an infant,” said Lunde, director of marketing.
He and fellow employee Steve Gullickson came up with the idea to shave their heads if the company reached the $10,000 goal. Gullickson shaved his head a few weeks ago during a managers’ meeting.
“I had faith they were going to reach the goal, but I was also crossing my fingers that it wasn’t going to happen,” he said. “I’m happy they did.”
The year-long Curry Relay for Life campaign, featuring dozens of “teams” formed by community businesses, groups and individuals, will culminate this weekend with a variety of events at the football field at Brookings Harbor High School.
The event includes a survivors’ lap, and team members walking for 24 hours around the high school track. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by opening ceremonies at noon and a luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m. (A full schedule of events is found on this page to the right.)
“I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal,” said Stacy Skaggs, coordinator of C&K Market’s Relay fundraising efforts.
In August 2012, a team of about 10 employees at the C&K Market’s corporate office, calling themselves the C&K Cancer Ninjas, launched the campaign to raise $10,000. As of Tuesday, they had raised $10,325.
During the past nine months, the company collected donations from other employees and customers, hosted public fundraising events such as a 5K run, and participated in the community-wide Garage Sale Saturday.
“We raised about $800 with the garage sale and about $1,000 at the 5K run,” Skaggs said.
Rhonda Gardenheir, corporate sponsorship coordinator for the Curry County Relay for Life, was delighted with the results.
“Ten thousands dollars is an incredible amount,” she said. “They were out there raising money week after week, all year long. I am so proud of them.”
The other top fundraising teams are the Curry Good Samaritan Dream team, $7,900; Fred Meyer, $5,700; Town and Country Animal Clinic, $5,600.
Last year, Relay for Life raised nearly $60,000. As of Tuesday, the organization had collected nearly $50,000.
“Our goal is around $60,000,” Gardenheir said.