Less than a week until St. Patrick’s Day — that holiday devoted to green beer, shamrocks and bald heads.  Team Austin is now nine shavees strong and, as of this posting, has raised more money than any other team in Cleveland. We’ve just increased our team goal to $15,000 and Braedan’s individual goal to $3,500, having surpassed numerous less ambitious goals.

A huge warm thank you to everyone who has so generously donated so far. Braedan is extremely proud of himself and duly impressed by the sum of money his head shaving has generated. And it’s not too late! You can continue to wow him with your support through the rest of the week and beyond by visiting his St. Baldrick’s page here.

As for the event logistics, Braedan will shave his head this Sunday at 2pm at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall. This is the family-friendly alternative to the downtown event next Wednesday. Austin had labs this morning and was cleared to attend with us, which I am very pleased about. Feel free to bring your kids out and cheer on my brave boy if you’re free.

Then on St. Patrick’s Day, Mark and I will go to A.J.Rocco’s for the “adult” version of the head-shaving.  It’s not quite as racy as that sentence makes it sound but does involve considerable amounts of Irish ale. It’s a great event and we’d love for as many of you as possible to join us. The barbers start shaving at 3, following the end of the parade, and it lasts for a few hours. We usually head out for a bite to eat afterward at the Winking Lizard across the street.

It’s quite impressive to see the number of bald heads (usually spray-painted green) in the crowds milling about. They don’t all know us, those brave shavees, but they are doing this for us nonetheless.  And that’s really something.