OPA hosts annual St. Baldrick’s event, surpasses fundraising goal

Bardstown junior Lauren Osbourne gets her hair cut during the St. Baldricks fundraising event. Osbourne is a cancer survivor and is now a mentor for young girls with cancer. (Tyler Essary/HERALD)

Leah Brown

Several WKU students, among others, shaved their heads for charity on Saturday night at Nick Denes Field after the WKU baseball game.

Omega Phi Alpha sorority hosted its fifth annual St. Baldrick’s event. The event supports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing money to find the cure for childhood cancers. The charity has already raised more than $26.6 million this year.

OPA raised $16,450, surpassing its goal to raise $10,000.

20 males and one female, Tompkinsville senior Gabbi Hagan, a member of OPA, participated in the event. Six females cut their hair as well and donated it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a hair donation partnership created by Pantene and the American Cancer Society that creates and donates wigs to women with cancer.  

Along with the WKU students that participated, a 9-year-old boy shaved his head for one of his friends.

Louisville sophomore Sarah Buckley, a member of OPA, said the event went well.

“I think the event was very successful,” Buckley said. “We were able to raise money for a good cause and bring everyone together to support a great cause.”

For more coverage pick up Tuesday’s copy of the Herald.