March 26th, 2014 by

Growth, smiles, highlight “Cuts for a Cause”

Growth, smiles, highlight “Cuts for a Cause”

Sometimes, a barber shop needs a bigger venue.

When an event is as popular and successful as “Cuts for a Cause”, a barber shop may need an even bigger venue.

This year, they got that venue, and it was quite historic.

It was especially historic for this occasion as 21 members of the Black and Gold and personalities from 98.5 The Sports Hub, including Jon Wallach from the popular morning show “Toucher and Rich” got a clean shave Wednesday afternoon at The Park Plaza Hotel. Hosted by the Shawn Thornton and Boston Bruins Foundations, this years “Cuts for a Cause” raised over $118,000 to support children battling cancer.

“We have a record number of guys and have raised the most money ever, so it keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Thornton said after being the first Bruin to have his head shaved. “We’re very fortunate that everyone is buying into this.”

Not every Bruin was able to take part in the event, most notably Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask. But those who didn’t found a way to give to the cause. Rask, himself, donated $5,000.

This year’s event topped last year’s record by $42,000. And it was just another example of how far the event has grown since its inception.

“It was pretty surreal,” Thornton said. “We have to take a step back sometimes. I can’t believe we raised this much money for shaving our heads.”

There were some pretty memorable moments as well, from Jarome Iginla and Dennis Seidenberg having the little hair that they’ve grown chopped off, to Dougie Hamilton’s blonde goldielocks – that he’s grown since the Stanley Cup Final last year – being trimmed down. At one point, Hamilton was shaved down to a mullet, but since he kindly thought Claude Julien wouldn’t appreciate it, the rest came off.

Hamilton did get his share of ribbing from his teammates, however, about saving money to grow his hair.

“I don’t feel for him,” Thornton said with a laugh. “He’s just too cheap to get a haircut for a year. He’s getting a free haircut.”

“I think they’re doing Dougie a favor,” Chris Kelly added.

Hamilton’s response?

“I’m not too cheap for this,” he said with a smile. “It was all for this.”

Regardless of the joking nature, the main focus was putting a smile on the kids faces. And that is exactly what the Bruins did.

“That’s the main thing, right?” Milan Lucic said. “It’s all for the kids, and like I said, its amazing to see how this has grown and you got to thank all the supporters that have helped it grow as much as it has.”

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