Bold volunteers to go bald at St. Baldrick’s event; donations needed

Two shavees from last year's event © UC Regents
"Shavees" at the annual St. Baldrick's event collect sponsors in exchange for shaving their heads, with proceeds benefiting pediatric cancer research. 

Posted March 10, 2010

The annual St. Baldrick’s Day event to raise money for childhood cancer research is shaping up to be a huge draw for several prominent Sacramentans and UC Davis medical students and health system staff and faculty.

The event, which contributes thousands every year to cancer research at UC Davis, takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 15, at deVere’s Irish Pub.

Already, the event has drawn 139 “shavees” who are collecting donations in exchange for having their heads shaved. Among them are Patrick Mulvaney, owner of Mulvaney’s Building & Loan restaurant; Bob Shallit, Sacramento Bee business columnist; city council candidate Shawn Eldredge; and several members of the McClatchy High School baseball team. Also participating are UC Davis Cancer Center Director Ralph deVere White and his three sons, Henry, Simon and Mark, who own and operate the popular pub.

"Sacramento has been so good to our family that we felt we wanted to give something back to this great city," said Henry deVere White, of the restaurant’s involvement.

Among the UC Davis volunteers are medical office service coordinators C. Chris Garcia of the vascular center clinic and Krishant Lal of the cancer center clinic, as well as several medical school students and staff.

St. Baldrick’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for childhood cancer research run entirely by volunteers, with more than $50 million in contributions collected over the past decade. The money is raised by volunteers who seek donations from friends and family, then shave their heads to show solidarity with young cancer patients.

Monday, March 15, 2010

deVere's Irish Pub
1521 L Street, Sacramento 

Shaving commences at 5 p.m.

To register or make a donation:


Worldwide, an estimated 170,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although tremendous progress has been made in the fight against childhood cancer, it remains the number-one disease killer of children in the United States. Proceeds from St. Baldrick’s events around the country go to leading pediatric cancer researchers, including those at UC Davis Cancer Center.

The St. Baldrick’s events in the Sacramento area are co-hosted by the Keaton Raphael Memorial, which since 2003 has raised more than $1 million for childhood cancer research, including more than $400,000 for UC Davis Cancer Center. The organization was founded by Robyn Raphael of Roseville and named for her son, who died in 1998 at age 5 of neuroblastoma.

In addition to the event at De Vere’s pub, the Keaton Raphael Memorial will hold a St. Baldrick’s event at Westfield Galleria in Roseville on Saturday, March 13.

Robyn Raphael said the goal this year is to raise $75,000, and she stressed that you don’t have to have your head shaved to make a difference.

“Can’t part with your locks? Create or join a team, or volunteer or make a donation,” she suggested.

Additional information can be found on the deVere’s Irish Pub Web site,