Petrak: La Grange fundraisers take a cut

Lynn Petrak
Lynn Petrak

There are many signs of summer that one sees this time of year.

Lightning bugs. Alfresco tables along the La Grange Road sidewalk. Cars towing boats and jet skis.

As a mom, I can report that another sign of summer is a boy’s buzz cut and, for that matter, a little girl’s shorter haircut.

If you look around this community in the next few couple of weeks, you may see even more crew cuts and pixie cuts than usual, thanks to some recent follicle-focused fundraisers.

Earlier this month, young members of the Lions Juniors Volleyball Club and First Alliance Volleyball Club swapped their locks for donations, through an event called Make the Cut that benefitted cancer patients and supported the local H Foundation and the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. At the event at the McCook Athletic and Exposition in nearby McCook, girls lined up before scrimmages to cut their ponytails. The donated hair was sent to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign.

Danielle Dahill, 13, is a volleyball club player who went to even greater lengths — pun intended — to help the cause.

“You only had to cut 8 inches, but I did 10 inches. I’d been growing it awhile,” says the La Grange resident and student at St. Cletus School.

While she knew the cause was good and broad, Dahill had one person in mind as she prepared for and participated in Make the Cut. She donated her hair in memory of her babysitter growing up, Erin Potts, who passed away in 2009 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Potts, too, was an avid volleyball player and a member of the Lions Junior club family.

“It was in memory of Erin, as well as volleyball players, parents and other people involved who have been touched in some way by cancer,” notes Danielle’s mom, Donna Dahill.

Another hair-raising (make that hair-fundraising) event benefitting a good cause is upcoming Buzzapalooza from 2:30-5 p.m. on June 7 at Denning Park in La Grange, an event benefitting La Grange area organizations that support the homeless, including BEDS Plus Care and Community Nurse Health Center. The event is led by the nonprofit organization Assisting the Homeless (ATH), founded by Indian Head Park resident Tom Hinshaw.

At Buzzapalooza, supporters can have their head shaved (for a minimum donation of $25) or braided or chalked (for a minimum donation of $15). In addition to the buzzing and braiding, people can take part in a 3-on-3 Hoops for the Homeless basketball tournament and buy raffles for various prizes.

For more information on Buzzapalooza, visit www.assistingthehomeless. For more information on Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, visit Meanwhile, for more information about the H Foundation’s other efforts to raise funds for cancer patients and research, including the July 12 Goombay Bash at Navy Pier, visit

It’s always good to take a stand for a good cause — or a good strand.

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