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Shamrock Shave Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 11th at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin, the area’s finest will square off to see who can raise the most for charity by having their heads shaved!

Founded in 2008, the Shamrock Shave Charity benefit has quickly grown to become a major area fundraising event. Organizers estimate that over 60 men, women and children (including members of the Algonquin Police Department and Algonquin-LITH Fire Department) will shave their heads to raise money for community families in need and for cancer research.

Five years ago, the ALFD formed a “Charity Challenge Team” for the Shave. Not to be outdone, the APD joined in the fun last year and the results have been dramatic. Last year’s Shamrock Shave event raised over $28,000 and helped put the total raised since 2008 at over $300,000. This year, event organizers hope for even more success.

According to Jonna Burck, Event Chairperson, “The Shamrock Shave is an awesome and inspiring event that brings the entire community together. This year our heroes in the police and fire department will be there with us to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, while also raising money for two great causes. We hope to raise even more money for charity, shave more heads, and have even more ‘Irish’ family fun.”

The Shamrock Shave combines fun, food, entertainment, and head shaving in an effort to raise money for two very worthwhile causes. 100% of all event proceeds will be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, to support community families in need, and to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The event starts with a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at 5:30 PM in St. Margaret Mary’s School Gymnasium and Cafeteria, with all dinner proceeds also being donated to charity. The “Mane” festivities begin at 6:45 PM with head shavings staggered throughout the evening. Stylists from local hair salons have volunteered their time, and other local businesses are sponsoring the event with food and monetary donations.

Between the head shavings, and back by popular demand, Mayer School of Irish Dance will be performing. A fun-filled family event, there will also be a Jig Contest, a “Best Irish Costume” contest, kid’s activities, door prizes, and raffles all in a fun St. Patrick’s Day party atmosphere.

Admission is $2.00 at the door for adults and $1.00 for children, and at no charge with a meal purchase. The St. Margaret Mary Education Center is at the corner of Eastgate and Algonquin Road in Algonquin. For more information, visit us online at

Greg Freund
111 S. Hubbard St. • Algonquin, IL 60102


Saturday, March 11 from 5:30 pm to 6 pm




St. Margaret Mary School, South Hubbard Street, Algonquin, IL, United States

Shamrock Shave Fundraiser
St. Margaret Mary School, South Hubbard Street, Algonquin, IL, United States


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