The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. are teaming up for an Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7-11 p.m. in the Toledo Free Press Warehouse, 11 N. Huron St., Toledo (next to Cock `N Bull).
Admission, open to ages 21 and older, is $7. Funds raised will support the two local nonprofit organizations.
“With the goal of raising awareness and funds to support both of these local, nonprofit organizations, this event is important in promoting the missions of both,” said Sarah Beavers, the Chamber’s executive director.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber supports the community by creating a positive business environment and fostering a climate in which commerce, industry and agriculture will flourish.
CCNWO, a local 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, connects individuals with cancer with vital resources, provides hands-on support, and offers programs that meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Services are offered free of charge.
The Oktoberfest event will feature a cash bar and live music by local band Captain Sweet Shoes, comprised of Anthony Beck, formerly of Resonant Soul, and Allen Spencer, formerly of Empire Drift.
“That’s where the fun twist comes in,” Beavers said.
Beck, has offered to, in return for cash donations, cut his nearly 12-inces of hair live during the event. The lopped-off tresses will be donated it to CWHL (children With Hair Loss), a Michigan-based nonprofit that produces hair replacements for children with medically-related hair loss.
Asked what inspired his decision to cut his hair, Beck noted that he, like most people, has had people in his life taken by cancer.
“I watched my grandma lose her battle with it when I was in high school,” he said. “One of the things that has always stuck with me was how little she looked like herself during her battle.
“It was difficult to deal with on my end -- I can’t imagine what it feels like to be the person looking in the mirror at those changes,” he said.
“I don’t have excessive amounts of money to fund research; I work two jobs so I have limited time and can’t do charity work as often as I’d truly like to,” he said. “However I’ve always been able to grow an insane amount of hair. I figured this is what I can do, and I better do it before it all turns grey or starts falling out.”
He says he chose CWHL, in large part, because the organization makes hairpieces for children. “We all remember how difficult being a kid could be; dealing with hair loss at that age is just one more reason for a child to have unnecessary self esteem issues,” he said.
The on-stage haircut will be performed by Kristin Spencer, an instructor at the Toni and Guy Academy, and the wife of Beck’s bandmate Allen Spencer.
Beck says he hopes to raise enough to donate to both Cancer Connection and CWHL For more information about the “hair-raising” fundraiser, visit www.captainsweetshoes.com as well as the band’s Facebook page.