The sixth Annual Head Shave for Hope House will take place Saturday following the Downtown Lee’s Summit Emerald Isle Parade.
Participants agree to have their heads shaved (or just beards and/or mustaches) by the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to Hope House. Nick Swearngin, of John’s Barber Shop, has organized this fundraising effort for several years. This year he’s colored his hair and beard black and gold to raise awareness about domestic violence. University of Missouri fans won a competition University of Kansas fans to raise money for Hope House counting dollars as votes to dictate the color. Swearngin wears a shirt stating “I did this for Hope House, what are you doing?” to promote the event.
In addition to many local community members, actor Rob Fuller has agreed to have his head and beard shaved. Fuller, a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School, most recently appeared in the movie “Escape Plan,” starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To find out more about the participants this year or to pledge your own locks for shaving, visit the Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/HeadShaveHope. Donations can be made on the Hope House event page http://www.hopehouse.net/headshave. Contact Nick Swearngin at Swearngin@gmail.com for additional details and other ways to support Hope House.
Head Shave for Hope Hou se will be held on Saturday, March 15 at Lee’s Summit FireFighter Association Building (IAFF Local 2195) at 322 SE Douglas Street. A silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. and the bidding for the Head Shave begins at 2 p.m. with Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp as the auctioneer. Event proceeds will support Hope House’s daily operations that include tens of thousands of interventions to over 4,200 adult and child domestic violence survivors every year.