SAN ANTONIO -- The bar was so packed Saturday, the fire marshal would've shut it down had it not been filled with dozens of firefighters already. In fact, the raucous cheers were so disruptive, it would've been hard to convince those stuck out on the fringes of the crowd that it wasn't a Spurs game being watched inside, it was people getting haircuts.
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More than 70 volunteers lined up Saturday to go bald during the St. Baldrick's San Antonio head-shaving event, benefiting childhood cancer research.
San Antonio firefighters, medical students, Rackspace employees and dozens of volunteers raised money for the honor of getting on stage to get a buzz cut. And don't think for a second shy women were in attendance; 30 percent of the brave souls were females!
"This is a hair-raising experience," one shavee said.
Teams 'Baldilocks' and 'Dude, Where's my Hair?' were just two of the more colorfully-named groups that helped raise money.
Team Reid -- named after a cute, blue-eyed cancer-fighter named Reid, the son of a local firefighter -- raised $2,000 for their haircuts. Reid, on his own, raised over $4,000.
In the heat of the moment, one man even sold his 15-year fu manchu for $350. His rubber firefighter boot was passed around like a bread basket and, before the current round of haircuts was over, the shoe was filled with a $250 check and more than $150 cash -- way over the man's asking price.
"(Expletive) just got real," the firefighter said, just before his bushy whiskers were whisked away.
Then, SAFD firefighter Eric Fraiser with Engine 31, better known as 'Freshie,' challenged the crowd to raise another $250, saying he would sacrifice his eyebrows for the better good of the kids -- challenge accepted.
Within minutes, the boot was once again filled and Freshie took his turn under the clippers.
"SAFD is all about giving back to the community, serving others, that's all the fire department's about," Freshie told KENS 5. "I did this for $250, but I think I could have gone for a little bit more because this makes me single forever," the young firefighter said while palming his forehead. "This is pretty much girl deterrent. But hey, it's OK. It's for a good cause. There's much bigger things in this world than myself."
According to the St. Baldrick's website, the event brought in a total of $59,974.