This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to participate in a charity event–I mentioned it in a previous blog post, but for those of you who may be new readers, I’ll quickly recap.
A few weeks back I dediced to participlate in a fundraising event called “St. Balrdick’s Day.” “Balrdick” is obviously a combination of the words “bald” and “St. Patrick” – and on this day events are held all over the country where people raise money, donate, and then shave their heads nearly bald to raise awareness for and show solidarity with children who have lost their hair or their lives to childhood cancers.
I have been at the St. Baldrick’s events previously, but this was the first year I decided to do some serious fundraising. My goal was to raise $10,000 by March 20th–and to do that I organized some of the best fitness pros in the world to donate workouts, which my subscribers could pick up if they donated as little as 15 bucks.
As far as I was concerned, this was a win-win-win – we all pitch in to help raise money for cancer research, you guys get some kick ass workouts, and the fit-pros get some exposure to new readers.
Now I SHOULD have started earlier, and the timing was a bit troublesome, as the fundraising would have to happen concurrent with the FPFL2 launch. However, not to be detered by good sense, I plunged headlong into this.
This was a huge group effort and I couldn’t have done it without you.
The presenter is John Zozarro, the owner of the Downtown Cafe in my hometown of Glen Cove, NY. The Downtown is sort of the catch-all hangout spot in GC, simultaneously serving as a popular eatery, the quintessential neighborhood bar, and of course a great spot to hang out and watch a Jets game.
John (or Zozo, as he’s known) is a wonderful guy with a huge heart, and he poured that heart fully into this event. He did a great job raising money and spreading awareness, as well as bringing the community together.
As Zozo mentioned in his speech, there are several dozen St. Baldrick’s events that take place in NYC (where I live), and while it would have been a bit more convenient for me to go to one of those, I felt compelled to ‘come home’ as it were, and donate in Glen Cove. I grew up in this town, and while I love NYC, Glen Cove is home in many ways.
If you’re ever in Glen Cove, please be sure to stop by the Downtown Cafe, say hi to John, and grab some food. They make some great salads–just tell’em Roman sent you and they’ll throw some extra grilled chicken on there.
Now, for those of you who don’t know, I am a bit of a pretty-boy so this was kind of a big deal for me. However, I’ve been assured I don’t look completely terrible.
Out of interest, my lovely locks are being shorn by my friend Brian Basile, owner of Stong Island Styles. Brian is actually well known in the barber community (yes, they have a community), and has cut hair for a number of celebrities ranging from people I can’t legally mention all the way to “the Situation” from the Jersey Shore. Brian’s shop in Glen Cove has been featured everywhere from local news to haircutting magazines–and now fitness blogs.
To steal a bit of local barber parlance, Brian “buzzed me up nice” and made sure not to cut my ears off. If you’re on the island and into the barber scene, check out Brian’s shop.
I know I’ve asked you to watch a few videos already, but I just wanted to do one more. Just a quick “thank you” video for everyone who donated.
So, if you’d still like to help out (and I hope you do) and want access to the awesome package we’ve put together, just click the donate button and give just 15 bucks–100% of which will fund research to fight childhood cancers.
If you have donated, I cannot thank you enough. You’re incredible and I appreciate you so much.
Thanks for reading and watching, and I’ll hit you guys with some awesome fitness info later on!