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And the winner is …

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Zach Krivoruchka is the proud winner of a brand-new pontoon courtesy of Moritz Sport and Marine, Brave the Shave, and Fishin’ for the Cure’s first-ever pontoon raffle.

Krivoruchka bought just one $25 raffle ticket when approached by his girlfriend’s dad, who was participating in the Fishin’ for the Cure tournament.

“My younger brother had a brain tumor so I always try to support causes like this,” he says.

When he got the call that he won, Krivoruchka says he didn’t believe it, thinking it was “a buddy just messing with me. After I hung up, I called the guy back and found out I really did win it. I was pretty excited.”

In all, the raffle brought in $18,482, which will be split between Brave the Shave and Fishin’ for the Cure, all of it going toward childhood cancer research.

“It’s really good to hear that the raffle raised so much money,” Krivoruchka says. “It’s a great cause that’s close to my heart.”

His advice for those considering supporting similar causes by buying raffle tickets? “Buy one. You never know what could happen. You just might get lucky!”

I wanna see you be brave!

Brave. It’s a word that we’ve all heard a lot lately. It implies courage and strength ­– sometimes strength that a person never knew they had.

In 2013, a song by the same name was released by singer Sara Bareilles and quickly became popular, an anthem for many people struggling with a major challenge in their life.

One of the biggest struggles anyone could ever face is cancer, especially when it’s a child who is dealing with it. The song, “Brave” has become near and dear to the hearts of many of our Brave the Shave families, so as a tribute to them and all who were courageous enough to go bald for our little superheroes, a video featuring the song was produced.

Thank you to all the participants of this year’s Brave the Shave campaign, and to the kids, the bravest among us, this is for you.

Last chance to try your luck at winning a pontoon

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This photo is a representation, not the actual prize. 

Time is running out to buy your pontoon raffle ticket!

Brave the Shave has teamed up with Moritz Sport and Marine and Fishin’ for the Cure on a raffle that will help fight childhood cancer while giving you a chance to win the boat of your dreams – just in time for summer.

Tickets for this 20-foot Godfrey Sweetwater pontoon are just $25 each, and there is a limit of 2,000 that can be sold. Proceeds will be split between Brave the Shave and Fishin’ for the Cure, an annual charity fishing tournament that raises money to fund pediatric cancer research. The drawing will be held on June 21 at 1 p.m. Contact Jeremy Woeste or Taner Ohlsen to buy your tickets before it’s too late!

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Guitar awaiting signatures at Bismarck Event Center

The 2017 Brave the Shave auction had barely ended when the dad of one of our honorees came up with an idea for next year’s event.

Jason Coffey is the dad of Kali Grace, a forever three-year-old angel who got her wings in May of 2014. In memory of Kali, the Coffey family already organizes a very successful holiday toy drive for children who have to spend Christmas in the hospital. Because Brave the Shave is so near and dear to his heart, Jason said he wanted to get more involved with it. Seeing the success of the autographed items up for bids in this year’s online auction gave him an idea.

“The Bismarck Event Center has musical acts performing there all the time, and I thought if we had something there the acts could sign when they come to perform, we could auction it off at next year’s event,” Jason says. “When I called the Event Center and asked if that was soBTSguitar.jpgmething they’d be interested in helping us with, they said they would be.”

Things just fell into place from there. Jacobsen Music was kind enough to donate an acoustic guitar, which the Event Center staff will place on a stand (along with information about Brave the Shave), in the dressing room the night of the concerts. The acts’ managers will point the guitar out to the performers, and they will be encouraged to sign it. The guitar was just recently dropped off at the Event Center, and is currently awaiting its first signature.

Jason says he is excited about this opportunity to help, and can’t wait to see how many signatures it will get. “Doing this for Brave the Shave not only honors Kali’s memory, but also helps me teach my other two children the value of helping others, especially when they’re going through a hard time. Doing things for others gives us strength and a purpose,” he adds. “It helps remind us of all the good things Kali brought us. It’s what keeps us going.”

Win a pontoon while helping fight childhood cancer

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This photo is a representation, not the actual prize. 

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and spring fever is making us dream of for those long, lazy days on the pontoon. Brave the Shave wants to help you fulfill that dream. And it’ll only cost you $25.

Brave the Shave is teaming up with Moritz Sport and Marine and Fishin’ for the Cure, an annual charity fishing tournament that raises money to fund childhood cancer research, on a raffle that will supply you with the boat of your dreams, while helping fight childhood cancer. The grand prize is a 20-foot Godfrey Sweetwater pontoon.

Tickets are just $25 each, and there is a limit of 2,000 that can be sold. Proceeds will be split between Brave the Shave and Fishin’ for the Cure. The drawing will be held on June 21, just in time for summer. Contact Taner Ohlsen or Jeremy Woeste 701-557-5746 to buy your ticket.

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10-year shavee misses flagship event to compete in National Curling Championship in Fairbanks

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Tucker Smith, left, recently traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska, where his team won third place in the U.S. Curling Club Nationals.

Tucker Smith was one of just three people who shaved their heads for all of Brave the Shave’s 10 years … but he didn’t attend this year’s festivities to celebrate this achievement.

True to his quiet, modest nature, Tucker shaved his head without fanfare at the end of the Bismarck BobcatsBrave the Shave night – after the hockey players and coaches who participated had already shaved. But he says that’s just fine with him. “I just do it so the kids battling cancer can see another bald head walking around town,” he says. “I’m not seeking recognition.”

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True to his quiet, modest nature, Tucker shaved his head without fanfare at the end of Brave the Shave night at the Bismarck Bobcats’ hockey game.

For the past nine years, Tucker has shaved his head at the Bismarck flagship event with the other hundreds of people participating – amid the flashes of the cameras and all the ceremony that accompanies the campaign’s biggest event. While he would have done it at the event again this year, when his curling team qualified for the U.S. Curling Club Nationals in Fairbanks, AK, which was to be held during the same time as the event, he says he was perfectly happy to buzz his hair in a more low-key manner at a later date.

Tucker has been involved in curling for most of his life – nearly 20 years – and has gone to nationals eight times. This year, however, was the most special because his dad was on his team, and they took third place, bringing home a bronze medal. “Winning a medal with my dad was definitely the highlight of my trip,” he says.

While in Fairbanks, Tucker says he and his dad were also able to witness the start of the Iditerod, which was moved to Fairbanks for the fifth time in the race’s history because of the lack of snow in its normal starting point in Anchorage. “It was pretty neat,” Tucker says. “It was kind of like the start of a marathon here, with lots of people watching and cheering. The big difference was that it was 37 degrees below zero.”

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Tucker and his dad at the start of the Iditerod.

The chill of the hockey arena at Saturday’s Brave the Shave night was nothing after that.

Each year, Tucker sets a goal of raising $1,000 for family support and pediatric cancer research, “guilting mostly his coworkers into donating” to a cause that is close to his heart. In high school, one of his younger classmates was diagnosed with cancer, and while she beat it, at 29 years old she has had both hips and one shoulder replaced so far as a result of the treatments. “I saw her battle cancer and spend months on end in the hospital,” he says. “Knowing what these kids go through in their battles with cancer makes shaving my head a really small sacrifice for me to make.”

In the 10 years since Tucker started braving the shave, he has raised about $10,000, but that’s not what he is most proud of. “Being just another bald head” is why he does it. “If I can bring one smile to one kid, it’s worth shaving my head – the money I raise is just a bonus.” That said, he wants to challenge more people to participate. “People cut their hair short for spring all the time – they might as well just shave it off. It’ll grow back in a couple months anyway,” he says. “The kids who are battling cancer being able to see all these bald heads means a lot – even if you don’t raise a lot of money.”

 

Brookings, SD, is braving the shave today!

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Brookings, S.D. is hosting an event to help fight childhood cancer today, March 20, 2017 at the Brookings Fire Department East Station, 607 20th Avenue in Brookings. Head shaving will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Those who aren’t able to attend the event can watch it live at https://bravetheshave.coop/. You can also follow Brave the Shave-Brookings on Facebook.

Donations are being accepted at https://donate.bravetheshave.coop/campaign/brookings-event/c113326.

This event is being held to raise money to support local families dealing with childhood cancer and to help fund pediatric cancer research.

Campbell County, Wyoming ‘braved the shave’ Friday

The Campbell County Brave the Shave event to help fight childhood cancer was held March 17, 2017 at Dry Fork Station, 12460 State Highway 59 in Gillette, WY from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event was held to raise money to support local families dealing with childhood cancer and to help fund pediatric cancer research.

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The event helps support kids like Brave the Shave honoree Connor.

Visit the event’s fundraising page  where you can view those participating in the event or make a donation.

Bismarck Bobcats Brave the Shave night is tonight!

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The Bismarck Bobcats Brave the Shave night will be held tonight, March 18, 2017 at the VFW Sports Center, 1200 North Washington Street in Bismarck, ND. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m., and the Bobcats will be facing off against the Brookings (SD) Blizzard.

Before the hockey game begins, several Bobcats players and coaches will have their heads shaved on center ice. Their signature Brave the Shave jerseys worn that night will be auctioned off immediately following the game to benefit families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis as well as to fund pediatric cancer research.

This event is an honoree family favorite, and several of them will be there to cheer on the Bobcats. Look for them in matching Brave the Shave Bobcats jerseys.

Get your tickets in advance or at the door tonight. We’ll see you there!

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