PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Many employees brave the shave for St. Baldrick's

More than 200 people, many MGM Resort International employees, "braved the shave" earlier this month, getting super-close crops to raise money for children's cancer research.


"This was the fifth year that MGM Resorts has partnered with St. Baldrick's to host fundraising events. Between the St. Baldrick's celebrations at New York-New York's Nine Fine Irishmen and Mandalay Bay's Ri-Ra, participants raised nearly $100,000 for the organization in a single day"


Among the shavees was Bobby Ackley. The longtime server at New York-New York's Gallagher's Steakhouse has participated in St. Baldrick's for the past four years, and this year he convinced three family members to do it as well.


"We do it for my sister who was diagnosed with a rare of type of cancer that children sometimes get, but she got it at an older age," he said. "She went through successful treatment and she's here today to cheer us on. It's a great event and a great cause. She loves that we're here supporting it." Celebrity shavers at New York-New York included cast members of the Jabbawockeez, Fantasy and the Tournament of Kings shows, as well as Holly Madison. All handled the clippers - under expert guidance! - for some of the haircuts.


At Ri-Ra, rm Seafood Chef Rick Moonen and noted Vegas culinary critic Al Mancini gave their hair to the cause. Las Vegas Sun writer John Katsilometes shaved his head at New York-New York. Both pub locations raised a combined $98,254 this year, money that St. Baldrick's will use to fund research for children's cancers and leukemia. It marked the most successful outing yet for the events, which have gotten larger each year.


Sr. Organizational Development Consultant Wilson Edgell organized a group of employee military veterans to shave their heads together for the March 1 event. Operation Bald Eagle - Mr. Edgell, along with MGM Grand's Tim Jeffery, Corporate's Melissa Valdez and ARIA's Vincent Saldana - raised $2,500. "This is the first time in 28 years that my hair has been this short!" Mr. Edgell said. "My hair's going to grow back, and I don't have to deal with the issues that children in treatment for an illness have to cope with - participating was an easy decision."