PHOTOS: West Side, Best Side! Western Middle School’s Head Shaving Raises Funds for St Baldrick’s

Jose Navarro with his friends Alex Rodriguez-Souza and Julio Lujan, all 8th graders at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Alex Rodriguez-Souza, Jose Navarro with his friends and Julio Lujan, all 8th graders at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Photo: Heather Brown Lowthert

Western Middle School’s “Greenwich Braves the Shave” event took place on Thursday night to benefit the St Baldrick’s Foundation.

The event included entertainment from J & the B-Sides and an appearance from the Fairfield County Police Pipes & Drums, who included bagpipe player, Kerry Gavin, Western’s vice principal.

This annual event enlisted “shavees” who volunteered to shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research.

One young volunteer, Thaddeus Fatsi, a 7th grader at Western Middle School, not only raised funds by having his head, but he and his mother also brought in pies which they sold for $2.00 a slice to raise extra funds.

Thaddeus’s mother said he had been moved by the story of Steven Sudell, who was diagnosed with brain cancer while he was a student at Western. Steven recently passed away and the school honors him in many ways including with a kindness rocks garden.

For Thaddeus, Thursday night was the sixth time he had shaved his head.

“We all pet him afterwards,” his mom said.

On Friday Mr. Gavin announced the event raised over $16,000.

Photo: Heather Brown Lowthert

Matt Dicesare almost unrecognizable after being shaved for the St Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Diane Roina hugs her son James, a 7th grader at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

James Roina and friends. Photo Heather Brown Lowthert

Kerry Gavin and Dylan at the fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. March 14 , 2019 Photo Heather Brown Lowthert

Fairfield County Police Pipes & Drums performed at the St Baldrick’s Head Shaving fundraiser at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Alex Popa and Henry van Schaik, 6th graders at Western Middle School, volunteered to have his head shaved for the St Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Photo: Heather Brown Lowthert

Photo: Heather Brown Lowthert

Volunteering at the Western Middle School fundraiser for St Baldrick’s Foundation. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

The Buck family at the head shaving event at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Volunteering at the Western Middle School fundraiser for St Baldrick's Foundation. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Volunteering at the Western Middle School fundraiser for St Baldrick’s Foundation. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Kerry Gavin, event organizer (right), with his son Dylan and father-in-law John B Verrier. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Kerry Gavin, event organizer (right), with his son Dylan and father-in-law John B Verrier. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Tyler Senft

Tyler Senft volunteered to have his head shaved for the St Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Sam Buck volunteered to have his head shaved for the St Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Alex Popa, a 6th grader at Western Middle School, volunteered to have his head shaved for the St Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Shavees on the waiting bench watched others ahead of them getting their heads shaved at Western Middle School. March 14, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager