Bald really is beautiful, especially on these giving heads

Published 9:09 am Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lots of laughter, a few tears, memories shared and piles of hair on the floor: Where are you? At Fred’s Restaurant in Franklin last Saturday night. If you weren’t there, you missed an outpouring of fun, courage and community spirit that was amazing and heartwarming.

Fred’s hosted St. Baldrick’sa night, where no less than 19 brave souls — including one woman — had their heads (or, in some cases, a beard or mustache) shaved for the cause.

More than $3,000 was raised for donation to St. Baldrick’s to help continue the fight against childhood cancer.

The evening was specially dedicated in memory of Casy Rich, who died unexpectedly last October at the age of 27. He was the son of Stan and Mary Rich and brother of Morgan, all of Franklin.

Pictures of Casy, including a collage put together by his girlfriend, Leslie, were on display.

Scott Seddon, now one of the “baldies,” was a great emcee; and DJ Christian Pearson provided moral support and lots of good music. Judy Wilson was the sole woman to participate in the event, together with husband Sidney. David Rabil and Vic Story no longer sport their mustaches and Stan Rich gave up his winter beard. Taylor Williams was a good sport, posing for Kodak Moments with a Mohawk prior to becoming completely bald. Other brave men gave up not just the hair on their heads, but full beards and mustaches, too. Here’s to you, Jeff Harper.

Thanks and kudos to the rest of the Bald and Brave, who will definitely be wearing hats for the remainder of the winter: Bobby Holland, Russell Cotton, Jason Yanna, Chad Howell, Pugsly Drake, Rob Inman, Michael Bradshaw, Richard Harrell and Kyle Cousins, all of Franklin, John Groenestyn of Courtland, and Hunter Bishop of Hopewell.

Special thanks to Debbie Singleton and Melissa Greene of the Bucks & Does Salon & Spa, Courtland, for donating their time and talents.

A good time was had by all, for a very good cause, and in memory of a wonderful and much-missed and loved young man. This event, and the entire evening, were truly what community — our community — is all about.

And that’s the bare-naked truth.

Thanks, y’all, and stay warm.