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Cazenovia turns out for St. Baldrick’s, raises more than $40K to fight childhood cancer

Stylist Lindsay Waltz shows teen Amara Kattrein a piece of hair she just cut in preparation for shaving all 23 inches of Kattrein's hair at the March 16 St. Baldrick's fundraiser in Cazenovia. Amara and her brother Hans, left, held hands as they got shaved.

Stylist Lindsay Waltz shows teen Amara Kattrein a piece of hair she just cut in preparation for shaving all 23 inches of Kattrein's hair at the March 16 St. Baldrick's fundraiser in Cazenovia. Amara and her brother Hans, left, held hands as they got shaved. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— “We didn’t think it would be this big,” said Sean Kelly, a Cazenovia High School chemistry teacher who organized the event along with his wife, Erin. “We’re overwhelmed. There’s no other way to put it.”

“We haven’t stopped smiling since we got here,” Erin said.

The Kellys were not exactly sure how big to plan for Sunday’s event, but the St. Baldrick’s coach who helped Sean in his event organization, said that, judging by the size of the Cazenovia community and school district, $5,000 was a realistic goal to aim for.

“So we started at 5, then went to 10, then 15, then 20,” Sean said. “There’s so much money coming in the door.”

The Cazenovia event was done in honor of Nathaniel Henry who, along with his father, got his head shaved on Sunday.

Also present was Cazenovia Board of Education member Jan Woodworth, who raised over $1,000 herself and over $2,000 as part of Team Woodworth along with her children Molly and Tim.

Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes not only got his head shaved Sunday, but, since he reached his fundraising goal of $250, showed up to the American Legion with a freshly shaved upper lip.

Of the approximately 130 participants, as of press time the top fundraising teams were Team Kattrein with $3,135, the Madom Boys with $3,105 and the Cazenovia Fire Department team with $2,505.

The top individual participants were Amara Kattrein who raised $2,585; Beth Ryan who raised $2,400 and Nettie Goeler who raised $2,321.

Kattrein, who participated with her brother Hans, was not only the top fundraiser of the event, but also the clear crowd — and the numerous photographers’ — favorite shavee of the day when she got up on the stage with her blond hair hanging down nearly to her waist. Stylist Lindsay Waltz started but cutting about 12 inches off with a pair of scissors before she got out the electric clippers.

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