Shave to Save Rallies Hope

For more than 10 years, Shave to Save has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge of Kansas City, a place for cancer patients and their families to stay — free of charge — during their treatment. The Hope Lodge relies on donations from the community and funds raised through Shave to Save events to keep the doors open. One hundred percent of donations and sponsorship goes directly to fund the Hope Lodge’s day-to-day operations.


After months of fundraising, this week marked the Shave to Save luncheon, where four VML “shavees” took the stage to have their heads shaved for hope. Chuck Brandt, Jason Cooper, Chris Massey and John Young each raised over $5,000 for a total donation of $28,737.65.


Ten years ago VML partnered with the Kansas City chapter of the American Cancer Society to create Shave to Save. In 2011, Matt Anthony, VML Global Chairman and one of the driving forces behind the program, received a Corporate Lifetime Support award on behalf of VML's long-standing support of Shave to Save. Over the decade, nearly 30 VMLers have participated as shavees, both in Kansas City and in New York City.


VML’s Kristen Boulware served as the most recent overall program co-chair, and dozens of VMLers contribute annually to Shave to Save. Congratulations and thanks to the VML team that worked many hours on making Shave to Save a success, including Megan Barreto, Andy McLeod, Freddie Wise, Patrick McCormack, Robben Roesler, Rich Oswald, Casey Green, Amy Goodnow and Jason Cooper.


The hashtag #RallyforS2S was trending on Twitter the day of the event.

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