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Despite fire, Hibernian to host St. Baldrick's event this Saturday

The fire that shut down the Hibernian Pub on Raleigh's Glenwood South earlier this year is not putting a halt to the pub's annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising event.

The annual head-shaving extravaganza that raises money for pediatric cancer research will happen at 1 p.m. Saturday as a block party on North Street. That's the street next to the Hibernian, which hopefully will reopen next month.

The fundraising goal for the event is $300,000 with nearly 150 people already registered to shave their heads. Hibernian owner Niall Hanley will be among those who will go bald to raise money for charity. "It's really an amazing cause," says Hanley, adding. "I need a haircut."

In 2006, the Hibernian hosted its first St. Baldrick's event with 77 participants raising more than $75,000. Since then, Hibernian events have raised more than $1.4 million. To get involved, register to have your head shaved or sign up to volunteer, go to

Going bald for a good cause

Supt. Del Burns isn't the only one walking around with a shaved head this morning.

The now essentially bald Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney attended this morning's facilities commitee meeting. Patti Head, chairwoman of the board's facilities committee, joked that she was introducing a new member this morning.

Dulaney, Burns and magnet director David Ansbacher were among the 274 people who shaved their heads on Saturday for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The organization raises money to help children who are afflicted with childhood cancer.

The facilities committee will also discuss parking spaces and bell schedules this morning. More details to come later.

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