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April 23, 2015


St. Baldrick's Day in schenectady is may 2

Students and staff, including the superintendent, getting ready to lose hair for a great cause

picture from St. Baldrick's Day
Members of the Niskayuna Central School District community initiated the St. Baldrick's Day event in Schenectady in 2012 and have played a key role in it since.

Members of the Niskayuna Central School District community have played a big role in the success of the annual "St. Baldrick's Day" fundraiser for childhood cancer research efforts held at Proctor's - and this year will be no different.

Several "shavees" from the across the district, including Interim Superintendent John Yagielski, will have their head shaved at the Saturday, May 2, event to raise money for the cause through pledges. The shavees show their support for children around the world who lose their hair due to cancer treatment.

The Proctor's event is one of 1,150-plus St. Baldrick's fundraisers taking place around the world this year.

Along with Mr. Yagielski, "Team JY" includes High School Principal John Rickert, who will actually have his head shaved in the Crossroads area of the high school on Tuesday, April 28. Other St. Baldrick's teams with Niskayuna students and staff include: "HillsidePride," "NiskyModLacrosse," "Soccer Ball-Dees," comprised of 6th grade female soccer players, and "The A Team." The latter is named for student Audrey DeBritz, who battled leukemia when she was in elementary school and is living cancer free as a Niskayuna High School student. Van Antwerp Principal Luke Rakoczy and English teacher Michael Pletman are participating this year as they have in the past.

Audrey's parents, Stacy and Mike DeBritz, and Rosemarie Perez Jaquith, a Niskayuna school board member, initiated the Schenectady-based St. Baldrick's event in 2012. They have played a lead role in organizing it each year since, and their sons, Luke DeBritz and Colton Jaquith, have participated each year.

With a week to go, the local St. Baldrick's fundraiser has already generated more than $35,000 -  including a $1,700 donation from the Hillside Ziti Dinner alone - for lifesaving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's Day events across the globe raised nearly $39 million last year.

On Saturday, May 2, at Proctor's, St. Baldrick's festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each shavee is given a designated time that their hair will be buzzed. There will also be raffles, music, face painting, green hair extensions, and a performance by a Niskayuna High school student magician.

To learn more, find a team, donate, or even sign-up to be a shavee, please visit