Friday, July 27, 2007

On the night of the Shave, both of our cameras were out of commission. Luckily, Larry stepped in to snap these pictures. All of them are from before I broke out the razor. I have one more post-Bic picture to post and a special mohawk picture for those of you who remember my punk days.

There's one bag of chips left. There was $27.50 worth of chips, but there was $48.80 in the till. Thanks so much to everyone for the contributions.

We are so close to being over the top! Remember to put in your pledge at Steve's site.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Over the Top?

Thanks to everyone for all their help and donations. Thanks also for spreading the word - that has been the biggest help of all. The head has been shaved now and is growing back fast. I even shaved three days after the event to keep the bald dome longer.

Many have asked how the fund-raising is going this year and I have said, "It looks like the biggest year yet!". I continue to say that, though we are just a few dollars shy. So if there is a pledge waiting on payment (three right now) or you have been waiting to put the fund-raising over the top, now is the chance. I will post the pictures of the shave when we go over the top.

There are still Chips left for everyone here at work. This has gone way beyond my expectations ($40 and climbing and there are still half a box of chips left!) They are in the Cafe just across from the Blue Room, so dig in (and take some chips! I'm not complaining about the extra cash, just have some chips as well!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It's not too late....

It has been very busy since I last posted. I am actually in a lunch meeting now - multitasking. The big news is tonight is the night for the shave!

Today is not the last day for donations though! I will continue to accept donations. If there is a pledge amount you have in mind, please let me know. There are still other opportunities to contribute. The snacks at the office have been very successful so far. I may put a few out in the cafe as well. After the Shave, I will post information about donating for ad space on my head (yes, ad space on my head). Also, I am coming up with a scheme for a chance at a cheesecake, pending a run in the "test kitchen".

Lastly, thanks to everyone who contributed in any way, told their friends, bought chips or had positive thoughts about this endeavor. All the details are not in yet, but it looks like contributions are greater than last year and may exceed the first year.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Trickle of Pledges and Contributions

There has been a trickle of pledges and contributions coming in since day one. Thanks to everyone who has contributed! The secure online donation site is just a click away - see the previous blog for instructions. If you see me, cash or check (made out to MS Society for instant receipt for tax purposes) is fine too. If the time is not right now, feel free to email or let me know a pledge amount.

Kelaine's website has a hint to just some of the fun I have planned. I am going to try the cheesecake recipe that has made Steve's pledge drive so famous (top-secret recipe for top contributors). I have not tried the recipe yet, though I have tried the result and it is incredible. I have an Alton Brown DVD with some tips and tricks as well, so I figure I can't go wrong. More news to come on this.

I plan on offering snacks in the office for a modest price for some of your spare change as well. Watch for an email.

Thanks for all of your support!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How to donate

Wow! What a great response already. Unfortunately, most have responded with "How do I donate?" I have updated the links on the left for Steve's Donation site. Steve Stetler is the in the middle of the picture on the the left and the man who got me started in all of this by riding 150 miles in two days. This is all to help him and his team with fund-raising for a great cause. Just click on the "Donate to Steve" button at the top. If online donations are not your thing, send me an email pledge or send me the pledge in the mail. Make out checks to "MS Society" and get the tax benefits as well. Any donations directly to the MS Society would also be great, though Steve and his team can't count those in their total. Either way, please leave a comment and let me know how much you are donating - just for my records.

Next blog is all about surprises....

Monday, June 11, 2007

Kicking off 2007's Shave

Here we are again with another year of head-shaving, fund-raising fun! Steve has already completed his 150 mile ride for MS, so we are really starting late! As some know, I had planned on getting an early start this year. Sometimes life gets in the way....

Less than a month ago, my wife Kelaine was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This is a bit ironic, since the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is where I got the idea to Shave my Head for MS (more on that later). Between doctor's appointments, Gilda's Club and keeping our family healthy and rested, we have postponed our start time for the MS fund-raiser. After much prayer and discussion, we have decided to continue with the fund-raising for the MS Society. Kelaine wants to do something for those people living with MS every day that will not have the treatment and remission like she will experience living with Lymphoma. Ask for an invite to Kelaine's personal blog for more on how she is doing. Also see the links to the left for more information on Gilda's Club, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and MS.

I am keeping the pledge period short this year: two weeks, so get your pledges in early! We have lots of fun ideas to make up for last years pledge deficit - about $300 short - so keep coming back for more information. There will be additional fun and maybe even prizes!