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Firefighters plan bigger, balder event

WINDER -- The objective is to be bigger, bolder, and balder than before.

Public safety personnel in Barrow County are prepping for a sudden scourge of widespread baldness in March to observe St. Baldrick's, the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. Participants collect donations to shave their heads.

Participants raised more than $10,000 in last year's head-shearing spectacular, a first for Barrow County. They included firefighters, police officers, 911 dispatchers and other members of the community.

"We're hoping to make this year's event even bigger," enthused organizer Rob Nowakowski.

The 2012 event is scheduled for March 17 at Dakota's Grill and Bar, 1304 Atlanta Highway in Auburn. Expect live music and head-shaving galore in a family friendly atmosphere, Nowakowski said.

Since 2000, more than 189,000 volunteers (including 17,000 women) shaved their heads to show solidarity for children stricken with cancer. Events have been held in every U.S. state and dozens of other countries, officials said.

For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org/event/dakotasauburn or contact event coordinator Rob Nowakowski at 770-652-8245 or his wife, Karen, at kpnfire@aol.com.