Local luminaries lose their locks for KYMMA
By Ashley Finethy firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMPTON - Saturday evening, community members, family and friends gathered at the Country Cow for the third annual "Shave for a Cure" event, hosted by Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive (KYMMA).
The event included guest speakers Marcia Morris and Marcia McKinnon, a presentation on Plymouth Elementary School's Pennies for Patients fundraising drive, live entertainment by the Chris White Band and a raffle, giving the 135 people in attendance plenty to do.
"We had like $500 in restaurant gift certificates that we raffled off, which is awesome," said Jenny Soprano, owner of the Country Cow and organizer of the event. "It's all donated, and it was more than enough. People were just so generous."
Shave For A Cure is one of the bigger fundraisers that the Country Cow participates in, and Soprano said she is grateful for the fact that it continues to grow each year.
"This fundraiser has gotten to be one of our bigger ones," said Soprano. "This was our third year, and Rob that owns Brother Dave Builders, he used to do a big benefit ever year. He used to throw a big dinner at The (Country) Cow in his brother's name, and that's kind of how it got started."
Since the event was started locally, Soprano is trying to keep a majority of donations from the fundraiser local, as well.
"We gave to St. Baldrick's the first year," said Soprano. "Last year, we did a portion to St. Baldrick's and a portion to Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive, and this year, we are going to be donating more to KYMMA to keep it local, because that's sort of what it's all about."
A trio of stylists from Britta's Hair Studio, including owner Britta Puffer, Kris Comeau and Sandra Murray, plugged in the razors for an evening of head shaving with local volunteers, including Tim Scannlon from Sunset Grill, Tony Pierce from Tony's Italian Grill, and Alex Ray from the Common Man Family.
"Now the concept is getting there," said Soprano. "Start a few months ahead of time and get sponsored. Get your friends and family to donate a few bucks, and it all adds up. It doesn't need to be thousands of dollars. Every little bit helps."
This year, the event raised right around $7,000 for KYMMA, and with another successful Shave For A Cure under her belt, Soprano is looking forward to her next big fundraiser on July 22 - the Seventh Annual Redneck Regatta, a river ride from Branch Brooke Campground to The Country Cow, ending in a barbecue on the river.
"There are people that come each year from Connecticut and Massachusetts; it has gotten so big," said Soprano. "It started out with ten friends who would just float down the river. The next year, it was like 30 people, and it kept growing, so I was like, 'Why don't we do something with this?'"
With 225 people in attendance last year, Soprano hopes to have more people attend this year, and to raise money for two local charities.
"At the beginning, when people register, they put in two charities of their choice - it could be anything - and when we get back to The (Country) Cow, we pick two charities to donate to," said Soprano.