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Men shave their heads to raise funds for business owner with breast cancer

Heidi Rice
hrice@citizentelegram.com
Men in New Castle last Sunday afternoon showed their support of Susan Fittanto (center), owner of Grove's Black Dog Saloon in New Castle, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 20 men had their heads shaved and helped to raise $11,000 for medical bills.
Teresa Cotton / Special to the Post Independent |

NEW CASTLE — Grady Hazelton has always had a full head of hair. But when he woke up Monday morning, he was bald.

Hazelton was one of about 20 people who had their heads shaved Sunday afternoon at Grove’s Black Dog Saloon in downtown New Castle in a fundraiser called “Bald for Boobs,” to show their support for saloon owner Susan Fittanto, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“It was fun,” Hazelton said with a laugh Monday morning. “I didn’t have to do all the things I normally do in the shower. But I did notice it was kind of cold, even with a hat on. It must have been 32 degrees out this morning.”

Fittanto was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and is undergoing chemotherapy and will be having radiation treatments.

Maureen Maznio is a hair stylist in town and said she shaved heads from noon until almost 4 p.m.

“I must have shaved 20 to 25 heads,” said Maznio, who volunteered her time to do the cuts. “Most of them jumped in full force.”

In fact, one patron, known only as “Ben,” with long blonde locks, said he’d shave his head if it would raise $300.

Within 30 seconds, people contributed $600.

“He had this long, curly blonde hair and I left one blonde curl behind his ear,” Maznio said with a laugh.

Some people opted for the “No. 2” shave, which left about a half-inch of hair on their head, while Hazelton and others did the “full Monty,” going completely bald.

“Some went to my station and then went over to Nate’s,” Maznio said.

Nate Kowalsky, a bartender at Black Dog, shaved heads all the way down to bald.

Fittanto was seen smiling throughout the event.

Between the hair cuts, the silent auction and donations from Alpine Bank and the River Center, more than $11,000 was raised to help with medical expenses.

“These guys came in and showed their solidarity,” Maznio said. “It was amazing. Everyone threw in $20 to $100 for their haircut. I didn’t expect that many people. The love in the room was just incredible.”


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