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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Sarah Lacy

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Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” At Intouch, we wholeheartedly believe this. One of the most critical aspects of Intouch Solutions is the culture we strive to create, and a major part of that culture is our philanthropic efforts. In past blog posts, we shared some philanthropic initiatives our employees regularly take part in. We are proud to say that Intouchers continue to serve others in their communities and around the world. 

Five years ago, Grace Pollert, office coordinator for the Chicago office, decided to participate in a St. Baldrick’s charity event aimed at fighting childhood cancer. In the   event, participants like Grace find sponsors to pledge funds for children’s cancer research in exchange for shaving their heads. This year, Grace is taking to the razor again to raise money for the organization. 

Over the years, the head-shaving events have become popular among adults from all walks of life. St. Baldrick’s fundraiser began as a challenge between businessmen and has grown from one event in 2,000 to over 1,300 events in 2012. Intouchers came out to support Grace on Friday, March 14, for her head-shaving party at a Chicago Irish pub. Check out her before and after photos below.

Grace first learned of St. Baldrick’s from a flier she saw while commuting home by train. Having previously participated in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, she was intrigued. While the prospect of shaving her head may have been a bit daunting, raising money for cancer research and treatment has always been close to her heart, especially given her grandmother’s battle with the disease.

As a member of the Intouch philanthropy committee, Grace brought the event to their attention. Working with Grace, Intouch was able to secure up to $500 in matching funds for any employee donation. To date, over $3,000 has been donated to the cause by individual Intouchers. Grace’s favorite offer came from Intouch’s CEO Faruk Capan, who jokingly offered Grace $500 to NOT shave her head, which she says is tempting. 

Donators also got the chance to exercise their collective creativity, designing new hairstyles for Grace’s bald head. 

Grace says she was floored by all of the support from her colleagues.

“This wonderful company and its employees are responsible for over half of my total donations,” she said. “This whole process has been such a joy.”

Learn more about St. Baldrick’s and its various initiatives here: http://www.stbaldricks.org/

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