A hair razing fund raising idea

The Bayside High School Key Club, part of the Howard Beach Kiwanis, recently raised money for UNICEF that left their president with a shaved head.
The Key Club raised $3,500 and the Howard Beach Kiwanis added $1,000 to the contribution to bring the total donated to $4,500. The Key Club raised the money through fundraisers, car washes, raffle tickets and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis, which is this Key Club’s parent club and sponsors them, offered to contribute money to the fundraising effort, for a price.
“I was joking with them,” said Stephen Sirgiovanni, Howard Beach Kiwanis president. “I said ‘We’d like to help you, but you have to do something for us.’”
That’s when club president Stanley Kang offered to shave his head if they raised the money, and a deal was made.
This made the club even more driven to raise the money.
The money was raised and Kang kept his word. At an event on December 21, the money was donated and Kang, who the day prior received a full scholarship to study pre-med at Wisconsin, was left hairless in front of over 150 guests.
“They were definitely determined to raise this money,” said Sirgiovanni, who added that before his offer was made the club only had around $500 raised.
Each Kiwanis club sponsors a high school, junior high school and elementary school. Key Clubs are the high school division of Kiwanis and provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership, according to its web site.
UNICEF is one of the three partner organizations in the Key Club’s Major Emphasis Program. In just this past year, Key Club members have raised over $134,000 through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes.