Business, Central New York, Syracuse

Syracuse’s Fundraising for Childhood Cancer Enjoys Another Successful Year

Participants happily sacrifice their hair to support childhood cancer. (c) Associated Press

Listen here to learn more about Syracuse’s “Bald for a Cause” fundraising campaign.

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By Ethan Roy SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)

For the last 14 years, organizations across the city of Syracuse have joined together to raise money to combat childhood cancer as a part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub in Armory Square is one of the biggest contributors to this cause, and they continued their efforts this past Sunday when they hosted their 14th consecutive “Bald for a Cause” fundraising event.

In support of children fighting against cancer, people gather in the local pub every year to shave their heads and raise money for the cause. This year, 549 heads were shaved and over $460,000 has been raised so far, with the goal set at $500,000.

Aside from Kitty Hoynes, a variety of other local organizations participate every year, trying to raise more money than their counterparts. Area resident Jamie Jenson, who covered the story for Syracuse.com, said this collaborative nature of the fundraising effort is a major factor in Syracuse’s annual success.

“I think any time you have a friendly competition, things are more fun, and definitely more successful,” said Jenson.

Kitty Hoynes has led the nation in fundraising efforts the last two years. Since launching this campaign 14 years ago, the pub has raised $4.6 million dollars for childhood cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation as a whole has generated a staggering $325 million dollars for the cause.

“The community, while small, is just so giving,” said Jenson of Syracuse’s substantial contributions to this cause, “And I think that’s amazing.”

Currently, this year’s event at Kitty Hoynes is the fourth most lucrative fundraiser in the nation, with final totals still to be determined.