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Gattuso’s Restaurant helps raise money for St. Baldricks Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help find cures for children with cancer. Volunteers sponsored by friends, family and co-workers shave their heads in solidarity with children who lose their hair during cancer treatment. The charity was founded by Tim Kenny, John Bender, and Enda McDonnell on July 4th, 1999 and the inaugural event was held on March 17, 2000 at Jim Prady’s Pub in Manhattan, where $104,000 was raised by 19 shavees.

The foundation officially registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit in 2004 and during their first year as an official foundation, they managed to raise over $5.3 million for the Children’s Oncology Group. On January 9 and 10, 2004, St. Baldrick’s hosted their inaugural Research Priorities Summit in New York City. Foundation board members and executives were in attendance, alongside 16 pediatric oncology researchers. According to their official website, 2012 marked $100 million given in childhood cancer research grants since their first year as an independent foundation in 2005.

Events are usually hosted to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day and are held at a local business with the foundation providing tools and support for those who shave their heads. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s events have raised over $118 million for life-saving childhood cancer research.

On March 2nd at 6:00 pm, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant, Bar and Catering, 435 Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna, will host a St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser in which participants will shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research. Participants are encouraged to “rock the bald”. For more information about participating, donating or volunteering please visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/gretna2018 or call 415-6536.

Also, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be held later in the month at Gattuso’s on Friday, March 16th with Rockin’ Dopsie Junior performing at the old post office stage at 5:00 pm and on Saturday, March 17th with Da Rockits performing at 7:00 pm.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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