To the Editors:
On behalf of the students and faculty of Wilton High School who hosted the annual St. Baldrick’s event to shave our hair to raise funds for pediatric cancer research on March 17, we would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all the local organizations and people who volunteered their time and donations for our mission.
As an organization we are very grateful to the barbers/hair stylists who donated their time and truly made this event possible. We would not have been able to host the fund-raiser without the participation of Arena Hairstyling of Wilton and their stylists Gaetano Monteleone and Gina Monteleone; Branchville Hair Design with Gerald Ventrella and Sherry L. Grieco; and Agron’s Barbershop of Wilton and their stylists Agron Komoni and Dawn Pazar. Refreshments were generously provided by Pinocchio Pizza of Wilton and the Village Market of Wilton.
We were also fortunate to work with a wide gamut of creative individuals who both enhanced and documented the evening by their talents. The night would not be nearly as fun without the musical entertainment provided by Ethan Michael, Tommy Crimmins, Elliot Connors, and Tristan Clark. In addition, Geoff Keating donated his time to take pictures of the sheer enjoyment which comes when the actual head shaving occurs.
At the school, we have staff involved that annually helps to make this event an actuality. Without the support of the Wilton High School custodial staff and the medical support provided by Karen Boehme we would not be able to host this event. As such, we thank them for assisting in ensuring our safety and cleanliness of the environment.
Most significantly, we would like to thank Anna Getner and her entire family for coming to the event and providing us with an honest, compelling story which not only grounded us, but also gave us a bond to our own community.
The event was a major success, and while the final dollar tally is not counted and donations can still be made, this group of 58 WHS students, faculty members, and parents has raised more than $17,000 and sincerely appreciates the efforts of all involved.
Micheal Williams and
St. Baldrick’s Student Board of Wilton High School
Danbury Road, March 23