BOSTON, MA -
On Wednesday, April 8, over 500 people packed The Harp on Causeway Street to watch 14 Bruins have their heads shaved as part of the second annual “Cuts for a Cause.”
Partnered with WBCN 104.1, Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward organized the event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit.
Aaron Ward, Patrice Bergeron
, Byron Bitz, Matt Hunwick, Phil Kessel, Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci
, Milan Lucic
, Michael Ryder, Mark Stuart, Tim Thomas
, Blake Wheeler, Dennis Wideman and Stephane Yelle sat on stage in front of the crowd as auction winners shaved the players’ heads to show their support and raise money for children battling cancer.
"It's unbelievable" said Ward as he surveyed the crowd inside the Harp. "Last year, we were in the basement of a radio station, and this year we are in a huge restaurant, and considering the fact that they had to turn people away and there was a line wrapping abound the building and around the corner, it's a good sign.
$32,811 was raised from ticket sales for the event and from bids for the opportunity to shave the players’ heads. All of the money raised through the event, which was hosted by Fred "Toucher" Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on WBCN, will be donated through the Boston Bruins Foundation to benefit MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Oncology Unit.
"[It's good] anytime you can donate to charity, especially in this economy, because charities are happy to receive any type of support [or] attention," said Ward.
"There are kids out there...that are battling cancer," he said. "[The money raised] helps with the research and hopefully someday we can eradicate this [disease]."
The 500 that were lucky enough to get inside had a chance to meet the team throughout the afternoon, snack on food provided by the Harp, and enter raffles to win autographed Boston Bruins memorabilia.
Last year, Ward, who won this season’s John P. Bucyk Award, given to the most charitable Bruin, masterminded the event as something he could do to leave his mark.
"When we were at school [at Michigan] we...had a great role model in Red Berenson, who taught us that playing the game we could use our influence in some positive manner," said Ward. "As you get old, you feel like you should have more of a direct influence in what happens.”
In addition to the Bruins players, Dr. Howard Weinstein, Chief of Pediatric Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children also took the stage to have his head shaved by one of his current patients. April 1, 2009, marked 13 years that Dr. Weinstein has been the head of the Pediatric Oncology unit at Mass General. About the Boston Bruins FoundationThe Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than $2 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping enrich the lives of children throughout New England. About MassGeneral Hospital for Children MassGeneral Hospital for Children represents a new model for providing healthcare to children in the 21st century. We are dedicated to providing outstanding, personalized, developmentally appropriate care for infants, children and adolescents within the context of their family and community as well as seamless transition of care into adulthood when the time is appropriate. The care of children and innovation in research are embedded within the fabric of the Massachusetts General Hospital. The hundreds of millions of dollars of research activities within this large biomedical complex can be brought to the bedside of a single child immediately, bringing hope to the sickest of children.