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“Shaving” Kids' Lives at Carnival of Caring

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Once we’d chosen the children’s hospital (as beneficiary), stories poured out from all directions, from all different families whose lives it had touched.

Employees from Raytec, Gorbel and Retrotech – three Victor-area sister companies that design material handling equipment – will enjoy daily entertainment at their second annual Carnival of Caring, Monday through Friday, Aug. 14 to 18.

The employee recreation carnival will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and has slotted its most outrageous stunt for right smack in the middle of the week: “shaving” kids’ lives. The Wednesday afternoon challenge features two female employees who will shave their heads if their co-workers hit the $800 donation mark. If they hit $1,000, a third employee will do a bit of trimming, too, cutting off his moustache of 26 years.

The corporate carnival, which raised $3,000 last year, is for employees only and spread over the week’s lunch hours. Featured events, besides the shaving showdown, will be held from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. and include tug-of-war and dodgeball competitions, a dunk tank, bake sale, silent auction, and celebratory Friday afternoon picnic and awards ceremony.

“We were looking for a bit of corporate recreation, but we wanted to have a purpose,” said Susan Thomas, marketing coordinator at Gorbel and a member of the planning committee both years. “We were inspired by a colleague whose son had been helped so much by the hospital, so we thought this would be a logical charity. And what’s neat is that once we’d chosen the children’s hospital, stories poured out from all directions, from all different families whose lives it had touched.”

For more information on the Carnival of Caring or to find out when heads will be shaved, call Susan Thomas at (585) 924-6733.

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