– For Shawn Thornton
, and Fred Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the ‘Toucher and Rich Show’, it’s hard to believe that five years ago, Cuts for a Cause was first held in a radio station conference room, with roughly 40 fans in attendance .
2012 Cuts for a Cause
March 28, 2012
On Wednesday the event reeled in over $58,123.15, and over the last five years the event has raised over $200,000.
“It keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, which is impressive because every year I think it’s pretty big,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton
, who became the caretaker of the event after former Bruin Aaron Ward initiated it. “It’s amazing how many of my teammates got involved, it’s completely voluntary and it’s all on them and they step up and do a great job with it. It’s been relatively easy, everyone does a great job setting up.”
At Royale, fans gathered to watch the winning bidders shave the heads of their favorite players, while the money benefited the Floating Hospital for Children at the Tufts Medical Center.
“We give credit to Aaron [Ward] who first started it as a player initiative,” Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director Bob Sweeney said. “ As we all know, Shawn loves to give back to the community and the Bruins Foundation – he has his own golf tournament and lends his name to Cuts for a Cause.
“We’re happy to support Shawn, and we’re happy to help out all the Bruins and their different charitable endeavors. It’s an exciting moment to raise this much money.”
Among all the players’ hair that was cut at the event, some fan favorites included the restoration of Adam McQuaid
’s mullet, which was unveiled at last year’s event and helped power the Bruins through the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship.
“I have no idea what it looks like, but I’m kind of nervous right now,” McQuaid joked as barbers cleaned up his cut. “I wouldn’t do something like this if it wasn’t for a cause as good as this, and a lot of guys jumped on board this year.”
Bruins forward Brad Marchand
enjoyed the event especially because he was able to help give back to the community, but his haircut even benefited himself to a certain degree.
“I’m feeling a lot faster already and now I don’t have to wash my hair anymore, I can save money on shampoo,” Marchand joked.
Bruins forward and alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
participated too, even though he jokingly admitted he now has to readjust his helmet when he takes the ice.
On a more serious note, Bergeron had plenty of praise for the event.
“All five years – I’ve been doing it since the beginning and it’s just great to see,” Bergeron said. “I think we [almost] doubled the money we raised last year this year, and it’s a lot of fun.”