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St. Baldrick's Day is March 14

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Money raised helps fund childhood cancer research

By Stevie L. Daugherty

Soon many bald heads will be seen around Marion County.

It's that time of year again. Time for Citizens National Bank's third annual St. Baldrick's Day event, which will be held Saturday, March 14, in the St. Augustine gymnasium.

However, before the big hair shaving event arrives, CNB is sponsoring several pre-St. Baldrick's Day fundraisers in hopes of generating even more funds to help combat childhood cancer.

This Friday night the St. Baldrick's Karaoke contest will continue its second night of competition at Big Jim's Steakhouse in Lebanon. CNB, along with Miller Lite, Big Jim's, 100.9 MIKE FM and Movies Plus Radio Shack are joining forces to sponsor a three-part karaoke contest, which began Friday, Feb. 27. The first 40 participants to pay a $10 entry fee are eligible to sing two songs each. Participants will be judged by representatives from MIKE FM. The third and final night of the karaoke competition will be held March 14, following the actual St. Baldrick's event that day at St. Augustine. The winners will be judged on crowd response.

This Saturday, March 7, CNB staff and volunteers will be having a roadblock from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the intersection near McDonalds.

Friday, March 13, CNB will he having a cookout in the parking lot behind the bank to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Plate lunches will cost $5 and will consist of either a fish sandwich or a hamburger, chips, baked beans, and a drink. There will be delivery available for businesses inside city limits.

With all of the new pre-St. Baldrick's Day fundraisers this year, CNB is hoping to raise $35,000 and have 100 shavees participate.

To find out more about the local St. Baldrick's Day event, contact Citizens National Bank at (270) 692-2113. For more information on the St. Baldrick's Foundation, go to www.stbaldricks.org.

  What is St. Baldrick's?

St. Baldrick's is the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family.

At a St. Baldrick's event, something amazing happens. People who normally shy away from the very thought of childhood cancer find themselves compelled to support this cause after looking into the face of these brave children who are smiling broadly as their friends and family members proudly display their newly shorn heads.

Volunteers and donors see it can be fun to support a serious cause. Young cancer patients and survivors see how many people care. And researchers see St. Baldrick's funds helping to find cures!