NORWICH – Norwich St. Baldrick’s recently announced the appointment of Jamie Burchill of New Berlin as the new volunteer event organizer. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a not-for-profit organization raising funds to help find cures for children with cancers.
Burchill is a seven-year volunteer with the organization. She started in 2015 as a “shavee,” raising over $6,700, making her the largest individual fundraiser in the event’s history.
Burchill takes over for long-time volunteer and shavee, A. Wesley Jones, who is stepping down after 12 years with the organization, the last nine as event organizer.
“I’m excited and honored to be handed this torch. Since joining this fundraiser in 2015, it has become such a huge part of my life,” said Burchill. “I just love the concept behind it - people sacrificing their vanity to help end an atrocity like childhood cancer.”
The local event is one of the top five annual fundraisers in Chenango County, raising over $30,000 annually and over $370,000 since the event started locally in 2005. Hundreds of head shaving events are held across the country and around the world, but Norwich remains one of the first 50 events started the year the St. Baldrick’s organization was incorporated.
Despite a global pandemic and having to hold a virtual fundraiser, this year’s St. Baldrick’s event in Norwich raised a record-breaking $38,168.